Repeaters

Our 2-meter FM repeater is located in Canton, Stark County, Ohio (near US RT 62 and Cleveland Ave N, grid square EN90ht). It’s receive frequency is 146.790- Mhz  with a PL of 141.3hz. It is streamed and archived (for 180 days) via the internet on Broadcastify.

Current Repeater Status can be viewed here.

User Functions:
Note: For <node_id>, enter an allstar node number, an echolink node number prefixed by a 3 (and leading zero(s) to make a 7 digit node id, e.g. 3009999 for the *ECHOTEST* conference server), or an IRLP node number prefixed by an 8. AllStar node numbers can be found at https://web-tpa.allstarlink.org/nodelist/, and EchoLink node numbers can be found at http://echolink.org/logins.jsp

*1 <node_id> – Disconnect from specified node_id
*2 <node_id> – Connect to specified node_id in receive only/monitor mode (your transmissions will not be sent to the remote system)
*3 <node_id> – Connect to specified node_id in transceive mode (your transmissions will be sent to the remote system)
*4 – Tell me which nodes are connected (brief)
*5 – Tell me which nodes are connected (long)
*73 – Disconnect all connected nodes
*80 – Play Repeater ID message
*81 – Tell me the time of day (12hr)
*82 – Tell me the time of day (24hr)
*83 – Tell me the current weather conditions
*85 – DTMF/Touch-Tone Test (send *85 followed by DTMF digits to test)
*87 – DVR Audio Test “PARROT” (send *87 followed by brief voice test audio (e.g. your callsign and “testing”, and it will be replayed back to you)

Current club members, in good standing, *MAY* also have access to auto-patch functionality, if implemented. Contact any control operator for further information/access details.

The Canton Amateur Radio Club repeater committee, control operators, club officers and trustees hope you enjoy using the machine. Our coordinated repeater offers good Stark County area coverage. 146.790- acts as a back up to the 147.120+ ARES repeater during times of emergency operations.

Notes:

  1. It is helpful if the PTT button is pressed and held for 1 to 2 seconds before talking – this lets the repeater decide if the signal is analog or digital and take the appropriate action, as well as key up any connected remote systems, otherwise the beginning of a conservation could be clipped.
  2. Current Analog FM users will not be affected, however, it is a good idea for all existing Analog FM users to program their radios on 146.790- to full encode/decode of the 141.3 Hz PL tone so as not to hear the digital audio, which sounds like white noise on analog radios.  If you don’t program full CTCSS and you turn on your scan function, digital traffic may lock up your radio.  With full decode on, your rigs scan feature should by pass 146.790-, unless there’s an analog FM conversation occurring.
  3. Both Analog FM and Digital users will be co-sharing the repeater, only one conversation can exist on the repeater at a time.
  4. No matter what mode you are using to access the repeater, all users should remember to check your radios busy light or hit your monitor button prior to making a call.  This is done to make sure you are not accidently interfering with an ongoing digital conversation.
  5. The repeater is open to all licensed hams, so pass the word that 146.790 is now Analog/Digital.
  6. Automatic broadcasting of weather alerts may be enabled by the control operators. When broadcast they will be prefixed with an MDC-1200 page to FFFF (all MDC capable radios), and a two-tone page (following the Motorola QuickCall2 standard) with tones of 600.9hz and 979.9hz (tone codes 121 & 130, with 1 second/3 second timing). Interested users can program compatible radios with either system to alert them when weather alerts are broadcast. Contact a control operator for assistance/information with this feature.
  7. This repeater can be linked via the AllStar or Echolink networks. AllStar node number is 40004, EchoLink node is W8JKC-L (391348). IRLP network is in the planning stages and may be added in the future. Remote systems are welcome to connect via any supported network for QSO’s. Note: Control operators may disconnect and/or disable connections altogether if the need arises.
  8. Amateur Radio Newsline will be automatically broadcasted by the repeater on Monday nights at 7pm. Currently there are no formal nets on this repeater, just the newsline broadcast.
  9. Other announcements such as club event or meeting reminders may be set to automatically broadcast periodically by the control operators. These announcements should not interferece with ongoing QSO’s.
  10. This repeater supports the LiTZ (long tone zero) system. Sending a DTMF 0 on your radio for 3 or more seconds will notify the control operators and others that someone needs immediate/emergency assistance. (IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE OR PROPERTY ONLY) Note: You will hear paging tones being sent by the repeater after activating this feature.
  11. Contributions to the repeater fund can be made at any meeting or mailed to:  Canton Amateur Radio Club, P. O. Box 8673, Canton, OH 44711-8673,  and will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.