Happy 2015! VA repeater updates

Happy New Year!  Hopefully 2015 will be a positive & prosperous year, filled with lots of radio communications fun!

Friday evening maintenance was performed on the Clifton Forge Warm Springs Mtn 444.375 repeater.

Late Saturday evening the Lynchburg Tobacco Row 443.500 UHF repeater was brought back online. Multiple issues were resolved, including audio alignment and replacement of an antenna that was struck by lightning. Preliminary testing shows 4 watt portable coverage from inside a vehicle in most places around Lynchburg/Madison Heights/Forest area. If you have the chance to use the 443.500 Lynchburg repeater, feel free to post your coverage experiences to the HEARS website.

Also Sunday afternoon we did a full PM on the Roanoke CHRV 444.275 repeater atop the old Community Hospital at 581/Elm Ave. With audio levels aligned, duplexer retuned, and power levels checked, the 444.275 repeater is in much better shape. It can be linked to the system if needed, but due to redundant coverage from both Tinker Mtn 444.475 & Poor Mtn 444.175, it is in stand-alone mode.

Depending on weather and work schedules, next up we’ll tackle the Martinsville 443.300 repeater.

Thanks to Tucker Sizemore WG8E for his time and expertise in helping accomplish so much last weekend.

See you on the nightly net


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