FM and Digital Repeater Info

Our club maintains a number of analog-FM and digital VHF and UHF repeaters for your use.  This page lists these machines, including frequencies, PL tones, and digital access parameters you’ll need.

Repeaters Operated by WEARS:

REC          /    TRANS

145.150 / 144.550 t131.8  W3CRC  Main Repeater

This is dual-mode Yaesu repeater located in Derry Twp. capable of operating in either the analog FM mode or Yaesu’s Fusion System (a/k/a C4FM modulation).  It automatically detects the modulation on the input (FM or Fusion) and repeats it using the same mode.  The repeater also is interconnected to Yaesu’s Wires-X system, allowing you to connect to rooms in the Wires-X system for communcation with other amateurs on similarly connected repeaters and nodes throughout the world.

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147.180 / 147.780 t131.8 W3LWW

This is dual-mode Yaesu repeater located near Greensburg capable of operating in either the analog FM mode or Yaesu’s Fusion System (a/k/a C4FM modulation).  It automatically detects the modulation on the input (FM or Fusion) and repeats it using the same mode.  This repeater is used primarily for FM and is NOT currently interconnected to Yaesu’s Wires-X system. This repeater is often linked to the KF2CHP FM Repeater on Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, which operates on 443.400+ (PL 131.8).

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442.050 / 447.050 t131.8  WC3PS

This is an FM-only repeater located in Derry Twp. IT IS CURRENTLY NOT OPERATIONAL, DUE TO ANTENNA ISSUES.

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145.440 / 144.840  WC3PS    Multi-mode DIGITAL-only  (No FM)

This repeater is located near Greensburg and currently has a power output of 5 watts (to be increased later.) It consists of a Yaesu repeater controlled by an MMDVM board allowing it to operate as a multi-mode digital ONLY repeater (NO FM retransmission). It repeats DMR, DStar and Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) signals, and is interconnected to the Internet allowing connection with DMR BrandmasterTalkgroups, DStar reflectors and Yaesu Fusion rooms.

Regarding YSF Fusion “rooms”: they are not the same as those hosted on the Wires-X node system, and are unique to MMDVM equipped repeaters and hotspot users, though you will find there is some overlap where third parties have cross patched rooms.

The DStar side is routinely connected to the Pennsylvania reflector REF063C, and this connection may be changed by users initiating the appropriate DStar commands from your radio. When no longer using another DStar room, please reconnect it to REF063C.

The DMR side is Color Code 1. Time Slot 1 is connected 24/7 to PA Statewide Talkgroup 3124.  Other wide area talkgroups can be connected by users initiating a Group Call key up on Time Slot 1.  Time Slot 2 is generally used for local (repeater only) comms using Local 9 talkgroup, as well as TAC communications initiated by users initiating a Group Call key up on the desired TAC talkgroup on Time Slot 2.  All user initiated connections will automatically drop 15 minutes after the last RF transmission received by the repeater. More details on the DMR operation will be forthcoming.

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442.150 / 447.150 (FM mode PL t131.8)  WC3PS   Multi-mode DIGITAL

This repeater is located at the 911 Center near Greensburg and currently has a power output of 20 watts.  It consists of a Yaesu repeater controlled by an MMDVM board allowing it to operate as a multi-mode digital repeater accommodating FM retransmissions as well. It repeats DMR, DStar and Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) signals, as well as APCO P25 Phase I and NXDN and is interconnected to the Internet allowing connection with DMR TGIF NETWORK (NOT BRANDMASTER) Talkgroups, DStar reflectors and Yaesu Fusion rooms. Connection with P25 groups and NXDN groups is currently not supported.

The DMR side is Color Code 1, Time Slot 2 and is connected 24/7 to the TGIF Network Systemwide Talkgroup 9 (NOT a local repeater only talkgroup as on the 145.440 MHz repeater). Other talkgroups can be accessed via a Group Call to their talkgroup number on Time Slot 2. More details on the available DMR talkgroups for the TGIF system can be found at tgif.network/talkgroups.php. This network is new and has only been on air since September 23, 2018. Time Slot 1 is currently NOT used on the TGIF Network, and it is being considered whether it can be used for local only DMR repeater communications. More information on this will be forthcoming, as well as the possibility that we will have our own WEARS Talkgroup assigned on Time Slot 2.

Regarding YSF Fusion “rooms”: they are not the same as those hosted on the Wires-X node system, and are unique to MMDVM equipped repeaters and hotspot users, though you will find there is some overlap where third parties have cross patched rooms.

The DStar side is routinely connected to the Pennsylvania reflector REF063C, and this connection may be changed by users initiating the appropriate DStar commands from your radio. When no longer using another DStar room, please reconnect it to REF063C.

The P25 mode repeats these transmissions locally through the repeater. Users with equipment for this mode should program your radio to use NAC 293.

The NXDN mode repeats these transmissions locally through the repeater. Users with equipment for this mode should program your radio to use RAN 1.

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Other Repeaters used by WEARS:

442.275 / 447.275 t131.8 KE3PO Main Back-up

This is a dual-mode Yaesu repeater located in Derry Twp. capable of operating in either the analog FM mode or Yaesu’s Fusion System (a/k/a C4FM modulation).  It automatically detects the modulation on the input (FM or Fusion) and repeats it using the same mode.  This repeater is used primarily for FM and is NOT currently interconnected to Yaesu’s Wires-X system. However, when circumstances dictate, it can be administratively connected to the Wires-X system in lieu of the 145.150 MHz repeater. This occurs when that machine is down for maintenance or being used for a special event requiring only FM communications.

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[Information last updated November 15, 2018 by N3BAH.]

 

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