Oct 22

444.875 Chestnut Knob repeater on-air near Martinsville

Due in large part to significant help from Tucker WG8E, the 444.875 Chestnut Knob repeater is on-air near Martinsville, VA and linked to the VA network.

Cursory testing performed this evening shows mobile coverage north to the Henry/Franklin Co line on US 220, south to near the Greensboro airport, and west to Stuart.  Coverage along 220 in Franklin County is very sporadic due to the rolling hills.

This is the first addition to the Virginia side of the network in many years.  Our plans include adding the VHF & UHF repeaters at Farmville before the end of 2017, if weather & schedules allow.

Feel free to post any coverage reports for the new 444.875 Chestnut Knob repeater as a new post to this site.

Thanks & 73.

Jan 20

HEARS VA participating in SET, Sat 01/21

The VA HEARS repeaters will be utilized for a Simulated Emergency Test: Operation Winter Fury on Saturday January 21st from 09:00-14:00.  We will separate the NC & VA systems during this exercise.

More info on the SET can be found at http://www.w4ghs.org/Winter-Fury-2016.html

Please give the amateur radio operators participating in the SET priority on the VA system Saturday.



Nov 19

Repeater updates

444.375 Warm Springs and 444.675 Dismal Peak repeaters in Virginia are back on the air and linked to the system.

Stay tuned – the 442.075 Peaks Knob repeater in Pulaski will soon be replaced with new equipment and linked to the system.  Hopefully by the end of 2016, if the weather cooperates.


Support HEARS


We have set up a PayPal account to accept donations. Any donation is completely voluntary – there is still no membership fee or dues to utilize the HEARS network.   If you’re able to help out now, in the future, or both it will be appreciated.  If you wish to donate but don’t have PayPal, simply send an email to n4hrs.donations@gmail.com and we will give you the address to mail your donation. All funds collected will strictly be used to maintain the HEARS network beginning July 1, 2016.

For more info on what it takes to build & maintain a repeater network like HEARS, please visit the Support HEARS page.

Thank you.

Jul 15

Public Service Event, 444.625 Jonas Ridge Repeater

The 444.625 Jonas Ridge repeater will be in stand-alone mode for the day Saturday July 16th.  Dwight, W4DCD and other amateurs will be utilizing it’s wide coverage to assist with a foot race in the Jonas Ridge area.

Please give the amateur operators assisting with the foot race priority on the Jonas Ridge repeater Saturday.



Mar 29

Mint Hill 444.825 repeater permanently off-air

After almost ten years on-air and one of the first repeaters in the HEARS network, the Mint Hill 444.825 repeater went off-air permanently this morning at 09:05.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the repeater equipment was removed from the site.  The antennas will be removed later this week and deconstruction of the tower is planned for the next 60 days.

Thank you to the many people & organizations that helped with the initial repeater installation in 2006 & with the continued maintenance over the years.  Special thanks to Tucker Sizemore WG8E for managing the site over the last few years.

Mint Hill 444.825 was an amazing repeater, overlooking SE Mecklenburg and NW Union counties from almost 400′ above ground, providing portable coverage in both downtown Monroe & uptown Charlotte.  We are working on an alternative site now and will make every effort to bring the 444.825 repeater back on-air in the same area.  As details are available, we will post them here.

Efforts are underway to bring the 444.225 repeater back on-air in Charlotte.  When it’s live again, we’ll update this website.