WATAUGA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Watauga Amateur Radio Club PO Box 2208 Boone, NC 28607
Club Repeaters:  Boone, NC  Rich Mountain WW4L    147.36  +600 KHZ 103.5 Hz tone   WA4NC  443.0375 +5.0 MHz   DMR Digital  Sugar Mountain WA4NC  442.0875  +5.0 MHz  DMR Digital  Beech Mountain WA4NC  444.5750   +5.0 MHz  151. 4 Tone WA4NC  224.680      -1.6 MHz   103.5 Tone
REPEATERS
WW4L REPEATER Operating atop Rich Mountain (Elevation 4730' ASL) and overlooking Boone, NC, on 147.36 MHz, the WW4L repeater requires a PL tone of 103.5 Hz. This is a wide coverage Repeater, and all Amateurs within its footprint are welcome. GENERAL INFORMATION Two Meters The wide - area WW4L analog repeater on 147.360 MHz was updated recently. Located on Rich Mountain and overlooking Boone, the repeater upgrade is part of a program of improvements being undertaken by the Watauga Amateur Radio Club. The new repeater gives us access to the PCRN linking system that links Rich Mountain to 21 other analog repeaters in North Carolina, Dillon SC, five repeaters in VA, and four repeaters in WV. Members of the PCRN system can use Touch-tone access codes to connect Rich Mountain to a linking system and allows the user to remotely connect other repeaters to the linking system. The PCRN system has been in existence for many years but the WA4J repeater lost access to the system while we were using the temporary repeater. The new controller resume reporting on the temperature at the Rich Mountain repeater site. Meeting announcements and other types of information are made over the repeater. The repeater uses a 103.5 Hz tone, which can be disabled if necessary. For more information about (or to join) the PCRN System go to www.pcrn.net. UHF repeater on Beech Mountain Improvements HAVE BEEN MADE to the Beech Mountain repeater which has been off the air due to equipment and antenna problems. The WA4NC repeater on 444.575 MHz HAS BEEN MOVED TO TH TOP OF BEECH MT, and this has expanded the coverage of the repeater to include a large portion of of Avery County. This area had not been covered from the 2 meter repeater on Rich Mountain. PRN Digital Radio System Hams in the High Country have access to a state of the art digital radio system that uses Time Domain Multiple Access (TDMA) technology. The system uses advanced digital modulation techniques and allows two conversations to occur simultaneously on a repeater. For more information about the PRN system, go to www.ncprn.net The WA4NC digital PRN repeater operates on 443.0375 MHz and is located on Rich Mountain near Boone, NC. It is a wide coverage repeater that is linked to nearly 40 repeaters located in North and South Carolina. A new WA4NC digital PRN repeater on 442.0875 MHz is now operational from the top of Sugar Mountain in Avery county NC. Internet access was installed on August 21, 2015 which made it possible to connect the Sugartop PRN repeater to the network. All the standard talkgroups (PRN, Local, TAC310, TAC1, Southeast, DCI Bridge, Echotest, Chat 1 ans 2, and Clear Timeslot) are available on the Sugartop repeater. Sugar Local is connected to Boone Local so traffic originating on Sugar Local will be heard on Boone Local and vice versa. Otherwise, Sugartop works like any other repeater on the PRN network. Traffic on Sugar PRN will be heard on all the PRN repeaters while the other talkgroups are "on demand). Internet service is through the Sugartop Condominium WiFi. Plans are to soon have a hard-wired connection to the router that feeds internet to all the building. If you are in Avery County, it will probably be best to use Sugar since Seven Devils and Beech block much of Avery County from the Boone repeater. Each of the PRN repeaters has a local talkgroup providing coverage within the range of the repeater as well as a system- wide talkgroup that links the repeater to all other PRN repeaters. Additionally, there are other talkgroups that allow users to connect to other digital systems outside the PRN system NEW 220 REPEATER ON BEECH MT. Posted June 12, 20190 The WA4NC 224.6800 repeater on Beech Mountain has been placed in operation and is available for use/testing. The repeater is at the same site as the 444.575 mhz UHF analog repeater. Although the 224.6800 repeater is operational, there is a technical issue that needs to be resolved which has caused the linked 220 mhz repeaters to ping-pong. This necessitated in disabling the link from Beech to the 220 mhz system hub. In other words, each time the Beech Mountain 220 repeater came up, it activated the hub, which activated one or more remote repeaters which had a long hang time or squelch tail after the Beech repeater ended its transmission. This caused the hub to be keyed up and which caused the Beech Mountain repeater to key up and repeat the ping-ponging. The solution is to adjust the hang times on each repeater on the 220 mhz system to prevent this problem. Until the adjustments are completed the 220 linking system is temporarily disabled. However, the Beech 220 mhz repeater is available for use and you are encouraged to try it out. The input frequency is 223.0800 mhz and a tone of 103.5 hz is used on both transmit and receive. Marv, WA4NC
Installing the new WW4L Repeater Antenna
Local Repeaters
CALLSIGN
FREQUENCY
OFFSET
TONE
NOTES
WW4L
147.360
+660 KHz
103.5
BOONE NC - PCRN LINK
WA4NC
444.575
+5.0 MHz
151.4
BEECH MT. NC
WA4NC
443.0375
+5.0 MHz
NONE
BOONE NC - PRN DMR
WA4NC
442.0875
+5.0 MHz
NONE
SUGAR MT. NC - PRN DMR
W4MLN
444.7375
+5.0 MHz
NONE
JEFFERSON NC - PRN DMR
W4MLN
444.300
+5.0 MHz
103.5
JEFFERSON NC
W4YSB
147.300
+600 KHz
103.5
JEFFERSON NC
KX4CZ
442.175
+5.0 MHz
123.0
SUGAR MT NC
WA4NC
224.680
-1.6 MHz
103.5
TEMP ON BEECH MT NC
KB4W
446.575
+5.0 MHz
103.5
BOONE NC
W0ML
224.840
-1.6 MHz
103.5
JEFFERSON NC
KE4AAP
146.865
-600 KHz
123.0
BEECH MT. NC
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