BEARS is pleased to announce big improvements already in place — and still to come — at our Mt Beacon repeater site in Dutchess County, NY – and changes to our repeater partnership on eastern Long Island.
In partnership with the NY-Metro DMR system and Bernie Berger/NY4Z, we’ve activated UHF and VHF DMR repeaters atop Mt Beacon:
Mt. Beacon, NY K2HR 441.450 (+ 5.00 MHz)
Color Code 7
#1 – Group Call TG 347639 Disney – FT
#2 – Group Call TG 444 NY Metro System Wide – FT
Mt. Beacon, NY K2HR 145.39625 (- .600)
Color Code 5
#1 – Group Call TG 347639 Disney – Fulltime
#2 – Group Call TG 444 NY Metro System Wide – Fulltime
The NYC ARES talkgroup is also programmed for Push-to-Talk access on these machines.
We’ve also temporarily disabled our W2ABC/RPT at Mt Beacon to reprogram it for a new pair. As you may know, our operation on 441.05/446.05 MHz has been challenged by a CT-based packet network for some years now. With Bernie’s help, we’ve found a new pair we believe can be coordinated at Mt Beacon…and we hope to have our UHF analog repeater there up again on the new pair, and operating under the K2HR call, in a matter of weeks. Stand by for updates!
Out east, challenges at the WLNG-FM transmitter site forced a move of our eastern Long Island repeater link. Partnering with the Peconic Amateur Radio Club, and longtime BEARS legend Charlie Burnham/K2GLP, we’ve linked to the W2AMC repeater (440.050 +, PL 107.2). The repeater was designed and built by longtime BEARS member Richie Balas/W2RB, and NX2O (SK), and will be overseen by trustee Peter McGreevy/K2HF. The link was proofed by Jerry Cudmore/K2JRC. The new machine is on DARI network between 9a-7p daily. It’s located in an environmentally controlled facility, sits on a government radio tower about 350 feet up, and will provide excellent coverage of the east end from Riverhead to Montauk, and across LI sound to southern CT.
Our thanks to Charlie, Richie, Jerry, Peter and the Peconic ARC group for collaborating with us, and much gratitude to Jon/K1IMD for many years of partnership at Sag Harbor.