We have taken out of service the 40 year old Motorola 6 meter FM repeater rack of equipment on 53.330/52.330 MHz at the Twin Towers on the north side. The old unit had many problems. The new repeater is being built from two Maratrac Motorola transceivers and, although capable of 110 watts output, the transmit unit will be programmed down to about 50 watts due to the extreme heat conditions of the environment. As no one in the area has the necessary RIB (radio interface box) tool to interface between the programming computer and the radios, we are building one from a kit furnished by Richard Miller, K4IFG, on the west side.
The Maratracs are currently programmed for our frequency and access CTCSS (continuous tone coded squelch system) tones of 127.3 MHz both on encode and on decode. The otne access will keep down the interference from out of the area signals especially during band openings. The tones chosen are in accordance with the tones used by the vast majority of analog FM repeaters in the Florida Crown District area.
This will be the fifth and last RANGE repeater to be brought back on the air since we lost our primary site in 2015.