Sunday night, May 13 at around 8:00pm – the final connections were made, the power switch flipped on, and the KD2SL 6m repeater went on the air! It is an exciting milestone in the project, and this is a good time to mention the hams who made it happen:
WB2DVE – John brought his machining skills and equipment to bear on the duplexer, turning my incoherent instructions and drawings into a skillfully assembled, one-of-a-kind unit that performs beautifully. And, I think he enjoyed doing it! There will be much more posted about the duplexer in the next few weeks.
W2QYT – Jack is responsible for taking scattered piles of donated low-band VHF GE Mastr II radios, picking out the best parts, turning them into a repeater, and tuning it up on 53.67. His experience with creating amateur repeaters goes back nearly 40 years, and I don’t know how I could have gotten this repeater on the air without him.
N2FMM – Clint is a fellow TV broadcast engineer. He provided a great deal of essential information and advice from his repeater experience in Buffalo and elsewhere.
N2VZD (Tim), WA2KFV (Al), KC2VER (Tony) – Each provided significant donations of equipment and/or cash. Also, Tim was this project’s biggest cheerleader, encouraging me to move forward when I doubted whether it was worth the effort, and he worked hard to promote interest in the repeater.
NZ5V – Gary’s research and development on 6 meter duplexer design saved me countless hours, bringing our duplexer to the finish line MUCH faster.
All of these gentlemen embody the very best spirit of amateur radio, willing and eager to help my 6m repeater project with no thought of compensation or recognition. Thanks also to Barrington Broadcasting, the parent company of WSTM, who owns the antenna and tower, donated the filter which became the duplexer, and is donating the space and electricity for the repeater.
Early results are pretty good, with full quieting signals being heard with low power from significant distances. However, a couple of times I have heard some sort of staticy interference, even on strong signals – that bears watching. Please click the comment link below and let us know how it is working for you; be sure to include your QTH, information about your rig and antenna, and a signal report.
It has been a long wait, but now it’s here! Let’s have some fun with it!