2m Repeater – HIGH POWER

Steel City 2m FM Repeater is now running HIGH POWER

Update 12/23/17
Today’s work party was very successful we discovered yet another bad jumper which has now been taken out of circulation. So here’s the update the 2 meter radio is now running on the amp with an output of 85 watts, and the noise is gone in fact it is sounding even better.  While tracking down the noise we temporary move the Fusion repeater down to two meter side and it was fun trying out two meter digital.  At this time the Kenwood is hooked back up so the controller and Echolink continue to work.

Since we moved the Fusion machine down temporary we decided hook the New Fusion DR-2X repeater back up to the 440 side.  Since we bought the new SWR meter we quickly found the bad jumper when the SWR hit 5 to 1.  Thinking that temporary antenna was the problem we hooked back up to the tower mount folded dipole antenna it too had the same bad SWR.  So then we swap out some jumper and found the bad one.  It wasn’t one of the ones that we got from that vendor it was an older cable. Once we swap the jumper out we found the folded dipole had a good SWR so we decided to leave it hooked up.  With the new repeater the DR-2X seem to have fixed the signal issues.  It is definitely hearing a lot better now.

So What Next:

  1. We need to buy some new jumpers.
  2. Hook up Wires-X to new Fusion DR-2X.
  3. Hook up the new 440 antenna on the tower.
  4. Fix the Astron power supply the positive power stud is getting loose.
  5. Get a better power distribution block for all the 12 volt accessories in the hut.
  6. Find how why the battery bank wont run the amp
  7. Add the fiber extension on the clubhouse side

Special Thanks:
Big thanks goes out to Karl, WA3VXJ and Joe, WB3AGB for coming out in the cold to lift repeaters and change out jumpers and to bounce suggestions back a forth.  Also Bobby, N3LL and Doug, W3HH for helping me track down a new Echolink issue and helping me set the levels. Finally thanks for all that gave us signal reports.

Your IT Gal,
Christine, N3LRG

UPDATE: 11/17/2017  Some noise started to leak though to the amp will be intermittent while we track the noise issue down…

All Steel City members are request to test out our two meter repeater and give signal report back via the clubs email reflector.  This past Wednesday Karl and myself hooked the 2 meter amplifier back up to the clubs repeater.   We would like to get some signal report on how it is get out in our previous weak areas. Also please give feedback on any noise reports that you might hear on the repeater.  So lets see how far we can get out now!