Repeaters

Our 2-meter FM repeater is located in Canton, Ohio (near US RT 62 and Cleveland Ave N). It’s receive frequency is 146.79 –  with a PL of 141.3.

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. 146.79- acts as a back up to the 147.120 ARES repeater during times of emergency operations.

The 147.120 – ARES repeater frequency is with a PL tone of 110.9 Hz.

On February 26, 2015, the aging mid 60s repeater was retired in favor of the Yaesu Fusion System Analog/Digital Repeater System.  Normal FM users will be able to co-exist with the new Digital radio users, the DR-1X repeater will automatically select the proper incoming mode and will pass normal analog traffic or the new digital traffic automatically.  146.790 – PL  141.3,  the PL is active at this time.

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, otherwise the beginning of a conservation could be clipped.
  2. There is no squelch tail, hang time or courtesy tone on the repeater.
  3. 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 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.
  4. Both Analog FM and Digital users will be co-sharing the repeater, only one conversation can exist on the repeater at a time.
  5. 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.
  6. The repeater is open to all licensed hams, so pass the word that 146.790 is now Analog/Digital.
  7. 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.