The WTRA is located in El Paso, TX. The WTRA is a non - profit organization that maintains a number of repeaters in West Texas for Amateur Radio The WTRA owns and maintains several amateur radio repeaters in the West TX area. all of the repeaters are linked together except for 1. The 146.88 repeater is possibly the oldest all solar powered repeater in the nation, it went on the air in October 1976. There are a number of linked repeaters that are locally know as the "Amigo Link". This linked systems core or hub is owned by the WTRA but not all of the linked repeaters tied in are. There have been many local hams who have linked there personal machines into the system to expand the coverage area. At this point the system covers all of El Paso and a substantial part of southern New Mexico (and is always expanding) The WTRA does operate on donations to maintain the system, Membership in the WTRA is granted for a minimum annual donation of $20.00 with additional Licensed immediate family members at $10.00 each. if you would like to donate please mail your donations to: West Texas Repeater Association Post Office Box 31628 El Paso, Texas 79931
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News about the last WTRA meeting, we voted on and approved buying new link radios for the Amigo Link system to improve the quality and reliability of the system. We will update when we purchase the radios and when the work party will be to install them. 73'
Had a good fox hunt again. The winners were a team of 2 newbies and 1 veteran fox hunters. Mike (KD5KC), Heidi (KE5BHT) father/daughter combo and Robert (KG5BJF) Good job guys! Congratulations
Qst Qst, Fox hunt still a GO but BBQ cancelled because of high winds, we will meet up at restaurant after fox hunt
QST! QST! It's fox hunt time again, yaeeee! So break out those DF antennas and join us this Saturday the 26th. BBQ burgers and dogs to follow. Saturday we will be meeting on Alabama street in front of the El Maida Shrine at apx 12:30 and the fox hunt will start at 1:00 pm. The "fox" primary frequency is 146.46mhz and there will be a secondary frequency given at the starting point. Yes 2 frequencies this time, 1 is a higher power to get you in the right direction and the other is lower power to home in. Only the high power will be active at the start and the lower powered one will be announced when it goes active. Also there will be NO clues given for AT LEAST 30 min after the start. This is going to be a good training/practice for your triangulation skills, this way you find the fox mainly on tracking signals and not on deciphering clues :) it will be challenging but not hard. BBQ burgers and dogs will follow the fox hunt, if you are a hunter you will be given the location of the bbq when you find the fox, if you are not a hunter you can contact KD6CUB for the location OR be at the start point and you will be given the bbq location after the hunters leave. The BBQ is going to be a small fun(d) raiser so donations are being requested but not required, the food has been donated so ALL proceeds go directly to the WTRA for repeater maintenance and upgrades. The fox is being hidden by AF5OT & KD6CUB this time....it will be a fun hunt as always If there are any questions please comment here or contact KD6CUB. END OF QST :)
Good net last night, 27 check-ins and more people making comments. We are well on our way to breaking 100 check-ins again this month, great job hams, let's keep it up :)
If you missed Sunday nights AR Newsline, here it is http://www.arnewsline.org/
Hoping everyone has a wonderful Easter
Don't forget, tonight is WTRA quarterly meeting at 7pm Meeting location is the W5ES clubhouse at the top of Cotton and San Diego...see y'all there
Great turn out to the WTRA "Monday Night Round Table and Swap Net" we got 38 check ins for the first Monday of the month, with that kind of participation we should break 100 again this month easily
good job everybody, March net check in numbers were 142 check ins for the month, that was over 5 Monday nights. The average Monday night check ins is enough even with only 4 weeks in a month we should be able to break 100 for the month from now on. Lets keep it up :)
Don't forget tonight's net, it will be on the 146.88 solar powered repeater, your net control station will be Tony W5AAM 8pm local time
WOW! 38 check-ins tonight, way to go! Great net tonight, we need to keep up the great work
Do miss tonight's net @ 8pm. It will be on the Amigo link system. We're close to breaking 100 check-ins for the month, let's push it way over the edge
If you missed last nights AR Newsline, here it is. Have a great day everyone http://www.arnewsline.org/
Don't forget, WTRA Monday night round table and swap net is tonight at 8 PM on the Amigo link system, Martin WB5LJO will be your NCS
QST QST, WTRA Monday night round table and swap net is tonight at 8 PM (0200 UTC). The net will be on the 146.88 solar powered repeater on N. Mt. Franklin. Your net control will be Sean KD6CUB. Come join us on the radio tonight :) Speaking of Net's, if anyone wants to try being a Net Control Station (NCS) message us here and let us know, being an NCS is fun and challenging
another upcoming event, it's that time of year again WAE (Worked All El Paso) is just around the corner. November 1st and 2nd on 10 meters is the annual WAE contest, this is the 2nd oldest contest in all of Ham radio so come join us for another year. there will be more information posted tomorrow about the contest and a pdf file or link to the contest rules, log and summary sheet, and some more information on the history of the annual event
Don't forget to listen to this weeks issue of AR Newsline, start time 7pm tinight
Quarterly meeting is tomorrow night, Oct. 14, 2014. meeting is going to be at the W5ES clubhouse and starts at 7pm see y'all there
this is kind of old news now but thanks to Bob (KF5VLJ) and Sean (KD6CUB) the 88 machine is back on the air and will be being used for tomorrow nights net. W5AAM (Tony) will be your net control
Alright everyone, I know this is short notice but, we are planning on making a trip up N. Mt. Franklin to work on the .88 machine (repeater) which is currently offline. Anyone wishing to go with please comment here. Looking at leaving the trail head around 7 am tomorrow morning. Will post more in a little bit
Good morning hams! WTRA meeting tonight at 7pm, location is the Sun City Amateur Radio Club (K5WPH)] See y'all there :)
The Amigo link is back on the air tonight thanks to a couple hams who took the short hike to the site. Thanks guys.
Looking like going to try to go to repeater site this afternoon / evening
Last weekends Fox hunt went well. Mike KD5KC and Heidi KE5BHT did a great job hiding the "fox" The overall winners were the LJO / FAZ team. They will hide it the for next hunt. We will post when that will be as soon as it's scheduled (probably a couple months away) Fox hunts can be frustrating but fun too, we will try to have a couple training sessions soon to help out some hunters. We at the WTRA feel this skill is needed to be learned for multiple reasons, a couple of those reasons is for emergency rescue (tracking a distress signal) and as we hams are "self policing" sometimes we need to track a mischievous transmission that can be causing problems on repeaters, and of course to track noise sources that create problems for our ham stations.
This week's Amateur Radio Newsline will be delayed until tomorrow night after the Monday night round table and swap net.
Congratulations Martin (WB5LJO) for a great net, Martin broke the record for check ins set back in the mid 80s. 38 check ins is now the new record, let's see if these kinds nets can keep going
Don't forget to check into the WTRA net tonight. 147.70 or 444.20 (amigo link) at 8pm MST. Nets are an important way to practice for natural disasters or other emergencies, as well as a fun way to interact with other HAM radio Operators. Hope you hear you on Air.
Good morning everyone, sorry to bring bad news but it is temporary. The repeater site that houses the Amigo Link" hub repeaters (146.700 & 444.200) and the D-Star repeater, is offline right now. The site went down Sunday night during a thunder storm, we are hoping that it's only a blown fuse on the main power to the building. That being said, we will try to get someone on the site in the next few days to assess the situation and hopefully get everything back on the air. Will update as plans and progress are made 73