from our friend Nick (N1IC), who also did the unboxing video :
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Installed this afternoon in the south part of Flagler. Has very good coverage in Bunnell up as far north as the R-section of Palm Coast and very good coverage in Bunnell. No gateway connection yet – we’re waiting for the installation of an ethernet connection at the site, as well as the required ports to be opened by our hosts. In the meantime, you’re welcome to use it as a local talk-around machine.
Phil did most of the work on this install earlier this week, with the final touches being completed this afternoon. For those of you living on the south side, this will probably become your primary machine when it is connected to REF034C (or other reflector, as you might choose).
sometime on Saturday 25-Feb-2012, we will be switching frequency of the KA4RES repeater to it’s proper frequency of 145.320 with a MINUS offset. All call-signs and routing will remain the same.
We have already prepared the back-up duplexer, so the effort only requires a swapping of the duplexer, along with reprogramming of the VHF module at the repeater site. We expect that this should be complete in less than 1 hour and will make an announcement before the effort starts (on the old frequency), as well as after it is complete (on the new frequency).
UPDATED on 19-Feb-2011 : this change will be made on Saturday 25-Feb-2011, due to the service outage of the Blog over the weekend – so as to allow more time for our users to get their radios programmed for the frequency change. A future blog-post will be schedule prior to the actual frequency change.
new frequency will be 145.320 MINUS offset (-600Khz)
all call-signs remain the same
This change will take place on SUNDAY, 19-Feb-2011 in order to move to our coordinate frequency.
All users in Palm Coast should already have their radios programmed for the new frequency.
We already have the new duplexer tuned, so all that is needed is to re-program the RP-2000V module for the new frequency, then swap the duplexer. The old duplexer (on 147.320) will become a spare, in case it is needed in the future.
If you have any problems with connecting on the new frequency, please contact any of the DSTAR gurus, such as Phil (K5BBC), Dave (KA4TXY), Tim (WA3QCV) or any of your D-Star friends (or me, as a last resort only because I’m always traveling).
some time in February, the KA4RES D-Star repeater in Palm Coast, FL will be changing frequency to 145.320 -600khz, while maintaining the same call-sign (for RPT1 and RPT-2). Over the last two years, we have been operating on a frequency for which we were not officially coordinated, since the current 147.320 frequency was used before we got official coordination.
Steve (KD4DNQ) and Rick (KC2HFL) will be retuning a replacement duplexer, after which we will swap the frequencies (the RF module is changed using a PC). The system should only be off the air for about 45 minutes as we bolt-on the new duplexer to the rack and reconnect the cables.
We’ll give a 7-day notice before the swap, but you can already program your radios for the new frequency and store the entry into a new memory.
UPDATE from 4-Dec-2011 – from Scott (K2LSF)
As of 1300 Sunday12/4/11 the Jax Beach repeater is operational as VHF :
This morning, a group of the JAX DSTAR repeater support group, led by Scott (K2LSF), along with Phil (K5BBC) and Rick (KC2HFL) from Palm Coast successfully deployed the 2M RF stack from Big JAX to the JAX Beach location (it’s lower and a bit further to the east, compared to Big JAX).
All indications are that the system is doing well – coverage SHOULD be excellent, but that has not been confirmed yet (signal reports are welcome). There is one item which needs to be resolved tomorrow, which is the connection between the RF deck to the controller – a simple change which Scott will make in plugging the 2m RF deck into the proper RJ45 port to match port “C”.
The work today took less than 90 minutes – which was the time we allocated for the work. I was not able to go (planned absence), but I knew that the guys would be able to handle the job famously without me – and I was right. Having the trained and qualified crew to maintain the system is a huge blessing – thanks guys..!!
Contact Scott (K2LSF) if you have questions on the system in JAX Beach.
In Mt. Dora – don’t miss it, as this should be the best Academy to date. We have invited a number of the Emergency Managers in the immediate region to participate in an ID-1 Network demonstration. This will be a first, since we’re planning on networking over 8 ID-1 units together to create a Wide-Area-Network (WAN) using just ID-1′s.
Registration at the door is $45.
There are three separate areas of instruction and demonstration planned for this event:
- The D-Starter session is for the newer D-Star users and will focus on the basics of programming the radios, Dongles / DVAPS, and D-Rats.
- The ID1 demonstration session is for county emergency management, EOC, Red Cross, hospital communications, and other non-governmental officials. There will be an extensive network of ID1 high speed data/voice Radios in place to demonstrate the effectiveness of this equipment during emergency situations.
- The SysOp session is for the more advanced D-Star users to meet with other users and have a question and answer session with the presenters as well as ICOM company officials that will be at the event. This group will also have the afternoon to work with the ID1 radios and networks that will be in place.
Some of the presenters who will be at the Academy are Ray Novak, N9JA of ICOM, Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC ( who will go over what’s new with Dongles and DVAPS ), John Davis, WB4ZDD and ED Woodrick, WA4YIH from Georgia D-Star ( www.dstarinfo.com ), Bob Jones, N6USP from North Brevard ARC, Paul Eakin, KJ4G, Donna Barker, WQ4M, Mike Lee,WB6RTH ( with his communications van ), and more.
There will be several communications vehicles set up in the parking lot that will be part of the ID1 demonstrations you can go through. Ray Novak is bringing his “ refrigerator” with all the ICOM D-Star equipment and we are planning to have portable repeater setups as well as go-kits available for you to examine.
A more detailed explanation of the D-Star Academy and what is planned is on line atwww.cfldsg.com . We will accept checks or cash at the door the day of the event but the price at that time will be $ 45.00 and no lunch or refreshments will be provided
Ray Novak, National Amateur Marketing Manager for ICOM America is providing an IC-80 AD and the HM-168 GPS speaker microphone for our GRAND PRIZE.
To register , go to the Academy Registration :