HEARS Repeater Network transitioning to DMR

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Throughout 2021 the HEARS Repeater Network will move many of the existing UHF analog repeaters to DMR. Some new DMR repeaters are also planned (more info as plans progress).

The analog network has served us well for over 15 years. DMR will provide additional repeater capacity (local and wide-area talk groups) and will give the network administrators better control over the infrastructure which is spread many miles apart across three states.

We are also partnering with DMRVA and NC4ES (Eastern Healthcare Preparedness Coalition) to significantly expand amateur radio communication capability. Certain talk groups on certain repeaters will pass to each network. Please refer to the DMR Talk group page for additional details.

As with any project of this size & scope, plans may change along the way. We will update the website often with pertinent information.

73
Derek
KD4ADL

Jun 23

Farmville On The Air !

With the help of HEARS System Integrator Tucker WG8E, the Farmville UHF and VHF repeaters were connected to the link Saturday evening.

The Farmville UHF 444.325 repeater is linked full-time to HEARS.  The Farmville VHF 146.910 repeater is linked for the nightly net, but otherwise is a stand-alone repeater.  It can be linked if needed.

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Derek
KD4ADL

May 21

Roanoke Poor Mtn 444.175 repeater

The Roanoke Poor Mtn 444.175 repeater is now using DPL 712.  Please update your radio programming to use DPL (DCS) code 712 for this repeater.

Most of the VA repeaters have been updated to DPL 712.  The one exception is the Clifton Forge 444.375 repeater.  It will be changed this summer.

73s
Derek
KD4ADL

Feb 04

Martinsville update

The Martinsville 444.875 repeater has been updated and is now using DPL 712.

The Martinsville hospital 443.300 repeater is temporarily off the air for maintenance.  We plan to put it back on the air later in 2018.

73
Derek
KD4ADL