D-Star Repeater Installation - November 2006


[Editor’s Note: This information is included from the old site.  According to Repeaterbook.com, W4CBA still operates a D-Star repeater on 1284.400 MHz.  The physical location has changed to Wauka Mountain, near Clermont, Georgia.  There is no listing for a D-Star repeater in Georgia on 145.20 or 444.350 MHz.  Call sign W4CBA is still issued to the Chattahoochee Baptist Association, but KI4SBA appears to have been reassigned to a club in Alabama.  The 444.625 repeater on Sawnee Mountain now belongs to another group, and the Echolink node appears to be down.  Once again, we thought we were capturing the files, but all we got was the thumbnails -  and apparently we didn't quite get all of those.]


New D-Star Repeater installed on Sawnee Mountain near Cumming, Georgia

On 11-25-06 Terry Jones W4TL, Greg Sarratt W4OZK, Marty Passmore WD4J, Robin Cutshaw AA4RC and Doyle Gantt W4DJG met atop Sawnee Mountain to install a new D-Star repeater system. This D-Star Repeater system is an OPEN repeater system and is open to all amateur radio operators except during a disaster relief activation involving Southern Baptists.  During a disaster activation then it will become primarily a link from the two portable D-Star repeaters that will be deployed to the field in a disaster to the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in Alpharetta Georgia and to the Salvation Army's Region Office in Atlanta.  During a disaster activation it's use will be limited to only Southern Baptist and Salvation Army Traffic and Messages.  Please feel free to use this repeater at any time other than during a disaster relief activation.

 

We had a beautiful day for the work. Comments were made that it was a bit odd having such great weather for repeater/antenna work. Seems we're use to installing such things in driving rain, bitter cold and even snow.


A new Diamond Tri-Band vertical antenna was mounted on an existing mast attached to the building to enable us to get D-Star online. Several weeks later, an identical antenna was installed on the nearby tower providing much wider coverage. The one mounted to the building is now used as backup. 


[Editor's note:  Obsolete frequency information was deleted.]

 

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