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Msg From Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Counties Public Service Communications Organization

posted Dec 27, 2011, 10:11 AM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

I sent a message on the W8CCE website that I had linked their repeater to REF024C while I was in Charlevoix and received this reply:

Yes, no problem. Please feel free to link out as desired when you're here and the system is not otherwise in use.

We do have the gateway set to bring up the 024A reflector for the Monday nets automatically. I've checked in a couple times in the past and will try to do that more often and I've heard others check in on occasion.

We also hope to have the lingering problems with the Gaylord KD8QCC system fixed sometime soon. There's some sort of weird RF problem there. Could be significant interference from the wireless networking equipment on the tower. We can't get into it from more than 1/4 mile away. It tested fine in the full configuration when I had it at my house. I need to get out there with my spectrum analyzer and some other equipment to sort out the issues. Hopefully soon. When that system is fixed, I'll also set it to come up for the net.

The Gaylord system is at a temporary site, but we have a really good site picked out that we're working on getting access to for a Spring installation. If that happens, it will cover from West Branch up well past Gaylord. Hoping that site will work out.

Hope to hear you on up here.

Chuck - N8DNX

Comedian Tim Allen Stars as Radio Amateur on New TV Show

posted Dec 12, 2011, 11:49 AM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

Tim Allen -- star of Home Improvement, Toy Story, The Santa Clause and Galaxy Quest, just to name a few -- stars in Last Man Standing, an ABC comedy airing at 8 PM (EST) on Tuesday nights. Allen plays Mike Baxter, KA0XTT, a married father of three and the director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store in Colorado whose life is dominated by women.

Since Mike Baxter is a ham, he needed a shack. So Amodeo and the set designers installed an Amateur Radio station in the corner of Mike’s set office. Allen, as Baxter, uses an ICOM IC-9100 HF/6 meter/2 meter transceiver and an IC-92AD handheld transceiver, both provided to the show courtesy of ICOM America.

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Sign Up to Nixle to Get Alerts

posted Nov 23, 2011, 6:40 AM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

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Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group Launches X-Reflector 38

posted Oct 16, 2011, 5:42 PM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

Lorain County Ohio, October 16 2011: The Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group, NODIG, has launched the first of several planned expansions of its D-STAR system to support the X-Trust Server with X-Reflector 38. This reflector allows D-STAR users in the Buckeye State to gain access and experiment with the X-Trust as well as provides yet another tool for Ecomm communities of Ohio.

The X-Trust is an open D-STAR network were experimentation and development is encouraged. X-Reflectors are virtual rooms that allow multiple individual users, repeaters, dongle, DVAPS or hotspots to connect giving the appearance and functionality of one large system.

Multiple RF sites, hotspots, reflectors, data centers and now X-Reflectors offer the D-STAR communities of Ohio and surrounding states a foot print unmatched by any other system operating in the state above 50 MHz.  It also offers the Ecomm community the ability to operate on multiple levels, be it a local power outage or state wide severe weather outbreak.

For more information on D-STAR please visit www.nodig.us or connect to Reflector 38A. 


posted Oct 13, 2011, 6:24 AM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]


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Eaton County VHF Back On

posted Oct 10, 2011, 7:06 PM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

K8ETN VHF repeater is back on with new antenna and coax.

Reflector 024 Back On Line

posted Sep 27, 2011, 9:55 AM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

The reflector has been restarted and is fully operational again.

Indiana D-Star Net

posted Sep 25, 2011, 4:44 PM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

There is now enough of us D-Star users to hold an official State Net. So we have selected First and Third Thursdays at 7:30pm to Aprox 8:30pm for D-Star Statewide net.

If this is an issue with use please lets us know as the proposed start or first net will be on Oct 6, 2011

Thank you again for the use of the reflector...

Eaton County Repeater Update

posted Sep 25, 2011, 4:40 PM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

The 2meter D-Star repeater is currently down as we are working on a new antenna for it.

 We installed a new 16 Bay Folded Dipole antenna on the UHF side and would like a few signal reports

From other counties. Any help would be great. ( 443.4375 + )

Will let you know about the 2 meter side as soon as possible.

 Jeff – N8HEE

Reflector Outage

posted Sep 22, 2011, 2:53 PM by Bob Oms   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 7:45 AM by Robert Wilcox ]

Reflector 24 is presently off line because DayStarr is working on their system. It should be back tonight or tomorrow.

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