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A Public Charity to promote Amateur Radio. WARC operates the 444.65, 442.325, 442.25, 146.85, 146.82, & 146.79 repeaters (PL103.5)
WARC Operates 6 repeaters (all with a 103.5 PL). 146.79/442.325 W0SOE in Central Wichita. 146.82/444.65 W0UUS in Hutchinson & 146.85 W0UUS in Derby. The 146.82, 444.65 & 146.85 are linked to the wide area Kan-Okla Intertie System. The 442.25 Fusion C4FM digital repeater.
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Information from the Enid Hamfest 11/7/15 is that the Ponca City 146.73 repeater is off line due to sandblasting and repainting of the tower. The Kingfisher Repeater is also down. The repeater tech hopes to get it checked out soon.
ARRL will be raising the annual dues from $39 to $49 effective Jan 1st, 2016. You may want to renew early so save a few $$.
Thanx to everyone who helped scrape and paint the Derby repeater site building today. We have to go back in a month or two to put on another top coat--but we may wait until spring (depending on weather). Unfortunately this will do nothing to improve the signal, but we are working on a few things to help with that.
Don't forget about our work party this Saturday at the Derby Repeater Site. We need at least 12 people to get this building ready for winter. We'll start at 10am--at the cell tower on 95th street south, between Rock and K-15 (turn south on the gravel road next to the set of four mailboxes--close to the tower). Bring a wire brush/scraper and paint roller if you have one. It won't be labor intensive and should take only a few hours.
Just an FYI for those using the Hutch 444.65 repeater. It is currently set for zero hang time due to the way it is being used as part of the link backbone. This means you will not see/hear any or very little indication of the repeater transmitter carrier when you un-key after a transmission. It also turns the transmit PL tone to a very low level when transmitting ID messages so if you run full CTCSS you will not hear any repeater ID as well unless your radio has a ultra sensitive tone decoder.
We are thinking ahead to the 2016 storm season. Wichita is where the weather bureau is located so the Wichita/Derby repeater is likely to be involved in weather net activity both east and west of Wichita. So my question is, if a weather net is active west of Wichita do Kan-Okla members east of Wichita want to be disconnected from the western part of the system so that they can still use their local repeaters or do they want to monitor the weather net activity? Likewise, if a weather net is active east of Wichita do the Kan-Okla members west of I-35 want to be disconnected from the eastern part of the system so they can use the local repeaters in areas not affected by the weather? Please post your thoughts and opinions here or e-mail the WARC board.
Another two hours of work on the Derby machine has resulted in bringing it back to life. There was a bent pin and loose connection. We are still using a backup antenna so propagation will be down until we can afford a tower climb.
Unfortunately the 146.85 repeater in Derby is misbehaving again and It had to be shut off. Beaumont is still connected to Hutch--the problem is within the 85 part. We hope to work on it by the end of the week.
The October WARC meeting will be Wednesday OCT 7 at 6:30 PM location Red Cross 1900 E Douglass (call on 146.52 for door access). We will start accepting nominations for 2016 club officers at this meeting. Please consider volunteering to serve the amateur community by holding a board position for 2016. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Jr Director are all open to be filled and elected by the club membership.
Reminder the Wichita Hamfest is this Saturday Oct 3 at the Riverwalk Church of Christ 225 N Waco in downtown Wichita. 8AM-1PM Sponsored by the Valley Center Club.
Repeater Update: The 146.79 at Wesley is back up and running as a stand-alone repeater. The 442.325 at Wesley has been moved to a better antenna and the IDer is working. The 146.85 in Derby is back, but we are still having trouble with high SWR (especially when it gets wet)--there is no fix until we can fund a tower climb.
The 85 repeater was restored this afternoon 9/25 thanks to extra troubleshooting by ad0na. Hopefully we have found all the problems from the lightning this time. (A blown trace on a pcb for the audio delay board)
The 85 repeater at Derby has been shut down this afternoon. Something is causing a squeal and we are working to fix it.
The 79 repeater at Wesley will be down for at least another week. We are waiting for a new delay board and parts to build an interface cable. The 442.325 at Wesley is available as well as the 442.25 Yaesu System Fusion repeater.
Derby 85 Repeater controller reinstalled! AD0NA and KF0M reinstalled the Derby repeater controller Sunday afternoon 9/13/15 and reconnected the links to Beaumont, Bartlesville and Kan-Okla. There may be some fine tuning of audio and configuration settings needed but the system is ready to use again.
The American Red Cross will be conducting a training exercise on September 26th at 9:00am at the 4H building, 206 N Griffith in El Dorado. They are in need of 50-60 volunteers of all ages to make this work. If you can help, please call Don Smith at 316-323-0236 and leave a message.
AT&T reports cell service has been restored. Just proves once again, when all else fails, Amateur Radio still works.
There is a multi-state outage involving AT&T cell service. Phone, data, and texting are down--Kansas has been hit the hardest. AT&T has no idea when it will be fixed. Please keep an ear to your radios as amateur radio may be the only form of communication available to report an emergency. Please keep each part of your QSO short and don't tailgate so others may break-in with emergency traffic if necessary. Unknown if AT&T landlines are affected. VOIP and other cell companies are working right now.