The repeater is located at 34º 19.15' N 078° 13.44' W in grid square FM-04vh on a communications tower near Delco, NC. It is a backup repeater for New Hanover County ARES for training and during activations. Being on an emergency communications tower a generator is always available and switches on automatically should commercial power be lost.
A CAT WX-1000 (SAME) weather receiver is also part of the system alerting hams of severe weather in our area. The repeater consists of the following equipment:
- Micro Control Specialties MR-4 receiver
- Micro Control Specialties MT-4 exciter
- Decibel Products DB-220 antenna at 800 feet.
- Computer Automation Technology CAT-1000 controller
- Computer Automation Technology WX-1000 weather receiver
- Computer Automation Technology DR-1000 digital voice recorder
- Wacom BPBR duplexers
- Bird rack mounted watt meter
- Astron RM-50 power supply
The repeater transmits a tone of 88.5 hz at all times to allow the use of tone squelch in high intermod areas of town. If needed a tone access of 88.5 hz is required to eliminate unnecessary interference. However the repeater is normally open to all.
Commands open to the public are as follows:
- 725* - to hear your signal as recorded at the repeater.
- 99 - to hear the present weather conditions at the site.
- 400 - to get the current time
- 375 - to test your radio's DTMF