Bristol Regional Hospital to get new repeater
In a joint effort with the TN Department of Health, Ballad Health and the Northeast Tennessee Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, approval has been granted to site a new 440 MHz repeater at Bristol Regional Hospital.
This will be a Yaesu DR2-X repeater operating under the W4DOH (TN Dept. of Health) call sign on 441.950 Mhz.
The repeater will be available for normal amateur use but available for emergencies, drills and exercises as needed.
This repeater will provide reliable coverage in the Blountville-Bristol area and be linked into the FusioNet system. Digital voice linking will be implemented with other FusioNet repeaters as the project moves forward.
Repeater Information Update
The former KK4FPB repeater in Gray, TN has been re-coordinated to the W4YSF call sign.
Frequency and tone are unaffected by this change. 442.500 + with 118.8 TSQ.
This repeater is undergoing upgrades and moving to a better location for the coverage area we need.
We will keep you posted
Repeater upgrades completed
The 443.100, 443.950 and the 444.750 repeaters are now online with Yaesu DR-2X models.
All functionality remains the same, but the advanced controller in the new repeaters allows for better remote control of each site. These are limited to the system administrators and control operators only.
Repeater Upgrades Coming
The following NETDA affiliated repeaters will be upgraded to Yaesu DR2-X models:
Jonesborough-443.100 (linked to FusioNet)
Johnson City-443.950 (linked to FusioNet)
Greene County-444.750 (Digital Only stand alone)
The original DR1-X repeaters have been in continuous service since 2016. The new 2-X versions have advanced features that allow for better administration of the system.
Our efforts to continually improve the system are moving forward and we thank all of the users for their support.
The changeout schedule will be posted on our Facebook page as it becomes available.
Jonesborough 443.100 gets new antenna
The K4ETN 443.100, which has been plagued with antenna issues over the last year, received a new Hustler G6-440 UHF 6db gain omnidirectional antenna.
Thanks to Chason KN4MWR and K4KLO we had the changeout completed by early afternoon of the 22nd.
Since the installation, many operators have been able to reach the repeater much easier.
Johnson City Amateur Radio Association Repeater now online with System Fusion
On August 28th the Johnson City Amateur Radio Association’s 146.79 new repeater went live.
The new repeater operates in AMS, supporting analog FM and C4FM digital voice.
The analog tone of 131.8 hz remains unchanged. No digital group ID is required for C4FM voice.
The Tuesday night JCARA Net will continue in analog FM mode.
146.79 Repeater to become System Fusion
The Johnson City Amateur Radio Association’s 146.79 repeater will be upgraded to a new Yaesu DR2-X repeater at the end of August, weather permitting.
The DR2-X replaces a Kenwood TKR-750 which has been discontinued by the manufacturer and product support is no longer available. Parts are limited to on hand stock only.
The new repeater will operate in both analog and digital C4FM voice in Automatic Mode Select (AMS). The analog tone will remain the same, 131.8 hz. No digital group ID is needed to access the repeater in digital mode.
The new repeater was purchased with a grant from the North East Healthcare Preparedness Coalition.
In it’s community service mission, the Johnson City ARA supports the TN Health Departments Medical Reserve Corps and emergency communications during incidents, exercises and tests.