New BrandMeister repeater on air in Richmond
Posted on February 11, 2017 by kd4bpz
While not directly connected to the DMRVA repeater network, this new repeater is operated cooperatively by DMRVA staff.
The repeater is located in downtown Richmond with an elevation of approximately 350 feet. The repeater performs nicely to the north, east and south. Coverage to the west is decent too but there is some shadowing due to the buildings.
It operates on 443.5375 MHz, up 5 MHz with CC1. TS 1 is wide open for any talkgroup available on the BM network. TS 2 currently carries Va Statewide (3151), Local 2 (2), Local 9 ( 9, local repeater only) as well as Richmond Local (31511 – tied to the DMRVA repeater local).
KG4MRA repeater was moved to the new location on Wednesday 12/28/2016, and is fully operational. The impulse noise on the repeater input frequency is gone, gone! The new location in central Richmond, has moved the center of coverage about 13 miles ENE.
We are collecting signal reports from all stations. Early results are good, very good. Given the impulse noise is gone forever, things have improved significantly. The new antenna is ~730 feet AGL, and the station ERP (Effective Radiated Power) is 100 watts.
We encourage the entire Amateur community to use the repeater frequently and please consider joining the MRA for $15/year.
73 de Brewer Pedin, W4MGA, President, MRA
At the December 2016 meeting newly-elected club president Jim Bates, K8OI, presented his vision and made some proposals for the year ahead. That presentation is available as a PDF by clicking 2016-12 Club Presentation.
Miss a technical presentation? Miss a meeting? Want to revisit a presentation or meeting? the new RARC YouTube channel is for you. You will find a link in the rarc list on the right. Click it and to the channel you shall go.
Visit our new event calendar. It covers RARC events and nets for the RVA clubs and organizations. Click the link on the right under RARC or the news & events link at the top. Click here to see the live RARC calendar.
Calendar example – dead – click above for the live calendar
Public information on the new MRA repeater site
Board of the Metropolitan Repeater Association
1 December 2016
In mid-December a shiny new Sinclair SD224 four bay folded dipole antenna goes up on the tower at the new site. The site features a backup power generator, complete climate control, and broadband Internet access. The MRA has purchased a remotely controlled APC power switch, Ethernet router, and Ethernet switch to control the repeater. The antenna is 700+ feet up the tower (AGL), and ~900 feet ASL. The new site is located in the central Richmond area, and continued wide area coverage is expected. The tower climb to install the antenna occurs in mid-December. The antenna pattern has 6 dBi gain omni directional. The antenna will have clear line of sight to the west, to the north, and around to due south, with some “tower shielding” in the southwest quadrant. The sight has been spectrum analyzed for noise on the input frequency. Long term observation has shown no impulse or spurious noise, so we expect the KG4MRA repeater will be “better than ever.”
A clip from the YouTube video showing an RARC meeting
As a master’s degree student at the VCU Brand Center, Caitlin Blumer needed a video project. The Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC) exhibit at the RVA Maker Fest in September caught her eye. There to greet her was Dan Bryant, W4DOB. Dan reconnected with her after the maker festival. She was taken with DX and contesting. Could she get some stories from hams that did that? Dan arranged it. Her master’s project is done and on YouTube as Ham Radio Contesting + DXing Subculture Documentary. In it CVCC, DDXG and RARC club members tell stories of their experiences and the friendships that have come of it.
At the one-hundredth anniversary banquet on November 11th, elected officers and directors were installed.
On the left former president Win Grant, WA4SSG, installs the elected officers and directors present. Next to Win is outgoing president David Robinson, KJ4LHP. In the center is new president Jim Bates, K8OI. Moving to the right is Maylon Pearman, KG4RPQ, secretary, Richard Arnold, WA4FEH, treasurer, Marshall Ervine, N4XBP, registered agent and George Golding, W3PPY, vice president. Missing are directors Allan Johnson, WA3J, and Ken Leidner, WV0L.
President Jim Bates, K8OI, with the instrument of punishment, the Wouff-Hong, and the instrument of discipline, the gavel, on the table.
Jim told the members and guests his plans for the club’s 101st year. The ICOM 7100 transceiver the club purchased in late 2015 for the ISS contact will become the base for a remotely controlled HF and VHF-UHF station open to members, especially those without the ability to have good antennas at their QTH. He also plans for the Technical Committee to develop an equipment loaner program so club members without ‘scopes, antenna analyzers, etc will have a source of gear and expertise to build and maintain their home stations.
8000. Actually, well about 7,800 counted and an estimated 5% who got in other entrances and were not counted for the RVA MakerFest 2016 at the science museum. We at the Richmond Amateur Radio Club table certainly had plenty of visitors. We had more with real interest than we’d had in the past two years.
Saturday, 24 September, 10am to 5pm, Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, free admission and ham radio will be there, track level, near the trolley, convenient to the food trucks and the beer. Don’t miss it.