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.
We have received word that our partner repeater on Walker Top Mountain in Morganton has elected to leave the network. Please keep this in mind if accessing in the area. The Jonas Ridge repeater provides significant coverage in most of the same areas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.