Repeaters

*146.925 Repeater Update*

The 146.925 MHz WA4TFZ Charlottesville repeater is back on the air after its relocation from Marshall Manor to Martha Jefferson Hospital (Pantops).  Also, the linked 146.895 MHz repeater provides good coverage, and the K4DND 146.730 MHz repeater provides excellent coverage of Albemarle County and beyond.

Area Repeater Map

AARC and Other Area Repeaters (CSV file for import into the CHIRP programming software)

AARC Club Repeaters

FrequencyToneCallLocation
146.760 (-)151.4 HzWA4TFZHeard Mountain (near Covesville VA)
146.925 (-)151.4 HzWA4TFZMartha Jefferson Hospital (Pantops) *1
146.895 (-)151.4 HzWA4TFZBucks Elbow (west of Crozet) *1 *6
224.760 (-)151.4 HzWA4TFZHeard Mountain (near Covesville VA)
444.250 (+)151.4 HzWA4TFZMartha Jefferson Hospital (Pantops) *6
*1 – These repeaters are normally linked.
*6 – Yaesu Digital Fusion/FM AMS mode repeater

 

Other Area Repeaters

FrequencyToneCallLocation
53.41 (-1MHz)No ToneNM9SAfton Mountain (near Afton VA)
145.170 (-)151.4 HzK4MSRPalmyra (Fluvanna Co.)
145.450 (-)151.4 HzK4DNDCurrently off the air
145.470 (-)151.4 HzKF4UCIFlat Top Mountain (near Stanardsville in Greene County)
146.730 (-)151.4 HzK4DNDCharlottesville, Carters Mountain *2
146.790 (-)110.9 HzWW4GWBuckingham
147.075 (+)131.8 HzW4PNTBear Den Mountain (near Waynesboro)
147.120 (+)146.2 HzW4CULGordonsville (Gibson Mountain)
147.330 (+)No ToneW4ROCLexington
147.540 (S)110.9 HzWR4CVWintergreen *3
224.400 (-)110.9 HzWR4CVBuckingham
224.600 (-)151.4 HzKG4HOTCharlottesville
440.800 (+)151.4 HzK4DND/P147.54 simplex link
442.075 (+)151.4 HzKF4UCICharlottesville, Carters Mountain
443.000(+)151.4 HzW4UVAObservatory Hill (Mt. Jefferson) in Charlottesville
443.900 (+)151.4 HzKF4UCIFlat Top Mountain (near Stanardsville in Greene County)
444.150 (+)No ToneW4ROCLexington
444.550(+)136.5 HzK4CQWintergreen
444.6625 (+)No ToneK4JKHarrisonburg *4
444.775 (+)151.4 HzKF4UCIBear Den Mountain (near Waynesboro)
444.9125 (+)No ToneWA4FCAfton *4
444.9375 (+)No ToneWR4CVWintergreen *5
444.950 (+)110.9 HzWW4GWBuckingham
*2 IRLP Node # 4703
*3 Simplex Repeater – say message up to 3 min. unkey and message repeats.
*4 DMR Repeater
*5 D-Star Repeater

 

Repeater Operating Practices

  1. Monitor the repeater to become familiar with any peculiarities in its operation. This is good practice, but don’t be afraid to jump in and get your feet wet, and enjoy the fun.
  2. To initiate a contact, simply indicate that you are on frequency. For example, “This is KC4TIU monitoring.” Or, “This is KC4TIU listening.” It is very likely that you will get a return call.
  3. Identify legally. You must identify at the termination of your transmission and at least once each ten minutes. This includes when you access the repeater for TIME, or just “kerchunking”- which is not a desirable practice and in fact is illegal operation. Also, the practice of keying the repeater, without identifying, after a QSO has terminated to show a final acknowledgement is illegal as well.
  4. When calling another station, it is conventional to state the station to be called first, then your call, e.g. “KC4TTM this is KC4TIU calling”.
  5. Wait for the courtesy beep after each transmission. This allows someone with emergency traffic, someone wishing to make a call on the repeater, or other operators wishing to enter the exchange to be heard.
  6. When you have an emergency and need to use the repeater, and it is in use, wait for a pause between exchanges and then use the pro-words “BREAK BREAK” and identify yourself. The other stations should acknowledge and stand by for you to complete your emergency transmission. On the repeater, the word “BREAK” should NOT be used just to enter the conversation.
  7. When you wish to join an ongoing conversation, wait for the pause between exchanges and then say, {your call}-“KC4TIU” or {your suffix}-“TIU”. Then wait for one of the other stations to acknowledge you.
  8. Keep your transmissions short and thoughtful, especially during the morning, noon, and evening drive times when other operators may need to use the repeater.
  9. Remember- our club has several repeaters. If one repeater is active and you need to contact someone, or you expect someone to contact you, try another repeater. With the new rigs having scan capabilities it is easy to monitor several frequencies at the “same” time. Choosing a simplex frequency among friends has gained some popularity. That practice frees up the repeaters and makes your conversation more private.
  10. If your conversation is going to be long and the other station is within direct contact range, go to a simplex frequency. It is more like a private conversation than what the repeater produces. That also permits other stations, who require the repeater to make a contact, to make a connection.
  11. Use the minimum amount of power necessary to maintain communications. However, you deserve to have clear communication. If possible, don’t subject your contact to a noisy transmission if you can clear it up with a little more power. Some communications are marginal only because one operator likes to use the absolute minimum power.
  12. Don’t break into a contact unless you have something to add. You wouldn’t walk down a street and enter into a group’s conversation just because you heard them say something that reminded you of a “cute” story.
  13. Respond to calls for assistance or just conversation. Our repeaters are known as friendly repeaters. Let’s keep it that way.