Originally, we were just going to have the repeater cover the inside of our plant, and have it remotely control a 2 meter radio. But Jack decided he wanted to be able to use the repeater from his house. Due to this new requirement, it became necessary to put the repeater in the building across the street, with a 50 foot tower. When we finally got it "on the air" it worked well. Yes Jack could hit it from his house, and he was happy. But there was still one small problem. It would only cover part of our little town. You see, Lexington is in a bit of a valley, and the antenna is on the side of a hill. There was only one answer! So John "talked to Jack" again, and now we have a 140 foot tower! The remote base antenna is a the 100 foot mark, and is connected to a Kenwood TM-241. This allows us to link to several 2 meter repeaters that are in the vicinity.
The frequency of this repeater is 443.225 with a plus offset. PL is 146.2 Hz.
Below are some photos of our little project.
Here is the hole for the base of the tower.
I hope so too Jim!
That's Bob, WB8GGR with the shovel. Behind him is Bruce, N8KJS.
Yes, the tower REALLY is straight! Remember, its on the side of a hill!
Here the tower is at 30 feet.
Taking a Pepsi break, enjoying the view.
This is Craig, KB8RWN and yes, he REALLY is helping!
Finally John installs the main antenna!
Here is the repeater.
A closer look inside:
Psssst! Wanna see what it looks like from the top of the tower? Well then click here!
Those who helped: