WBØQXW VK2STL KØYCV KAØPWL WPXG847
FIVE TWO ONE AMATEUR RADIO GROUP
ESTABLISHED IN JANUARY, 1980.
OUR 37TH YEAR IN 2017!
145.210 444.150 462.725
442.425 LOW PROFILE
6 METER FM REPEATER COMING IN EARLY 2018.
(MRC FREQUENCY COORDINATION APPLICATION SUBMITTED.)
PROVIDING ANALOG ONLY FM REPEATERS.
"NO DIGITAL REPEATERS HERE. WE'RE OLD SCHOOL."
"LOCK IT IN AND RIP THE KNOB OFF!"
KØGDI-2 144.390 APRS WIDE COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE.
CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW FOR THE LIVE CAMERA.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE GROUP, PLEASE USE THE BUTTON ABOVE. THANK YOU!
ANY DONATIONS RECEIVED WILL GO ENTIRELY TO DEFRAY REPEATER SYSTEM EXPENSES.
(THE EMAIL ADDRESS LISTED IS THE ONE USED FOR MY PAY PAL ACCOUNT - WBØQXW.)
UPDATED OCTOBER 12, 2017
THE "NEW" 145.210 IS ON THE AIR! CHECK IT OUT!
THE 145.210 REPEATER NOW HAS THE CAT 800 CONTROLLER, WEATHER RECEIVER, WAV PLAYER, AND INTERNET CONTROL FUNCTIONS.
145.210 IS STREAMING LIVE VIA BROADCASTIFY. (FEED ON THIS PAGE.) THE AUDIO WILL BE DELAYED BY AN AVERAGE OF 30 SECONDS.
DOWNLOAD THE "SCANNER RADIO" APP OR THE "BROADCASTIFY" APP FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE IN YOUR APP STORE.
WE WILL BE ADDING A 6 METER FM HIGH PROFILE REPEATER TO THE LIST OF MACHINES IN EARLY 2018. DETAILS ANNOUNCED LATER.
THE KØGDI-2 144.390 WIDE AREA COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE NOW OPERATIONAL.
THE 442.425 REPEATER WILL BE GOING LOW PROFILE BY THE END OF 2017 UNTIL THE 400 FOOT TOWER GOES UP IN A FEW YEARS.
THE NEW 6 METER REPEATER WILL USE THE SPACE VACATED BY THE 442.425 MACHINE ON THE 150 FOOT TOWER.
FCC STREAMLINES PART 95. INCLUDING GMRS, FRS, AND CB RADIO. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS.
My name is Bob Garavaglia, WBØQXW, and I have been a Ham Radio Operator since 1975. Welcome to the 521 Amateur Radio Group (521 ARG) webpage. All the members of my immediate family are also Hams. They are, my brother Carl, KAØPWL; my sister Judy, NØIIY; and my brother-in-law Ron, NØIIZ. Our group also has a club call sign, KØYCV for use in group activities such as Field Day or camping trips. Our club call sign is now a vanity call sign once held by my father for over 56 years. A perfect way to have his call sign live on as a tribute to him. I also hold an Australian Call Sign, VK2STL, which I have held for over 25 years.
I, along with my father who is now a silent key, have owned and operated two repeaters in the St. Louis, MO area for 37 years. They are the 145.210 and 444.150 repeaters. Over the years the machines have been updated and serviced to provide excellent coverage and reliability. In 2006, our repeater site underwent six months of renovations as well as equipment upgrades and modifications including the repeater controllers, receivers, and transmitters. In July, 2009, Echolink was added to the system on the VHF side. Many thanks to John, K1IF for providing the assistance to get it up and running. More information on Echolink is further down this page. In October, 2014, a new antenna for our 145.210 repeater was installed. A 25 foot commercial VHF antenna from Andrew Communications to provide even better coverage to our wide area system. The model is a Andrew DB224-E 6 db gain 138 - 150 MHZ broadband antenna. A new TX-RX duplexer provided by Bird Electronics for 145.210 was installed on January 9, 2016. In August, 2016, a new antenna from PCTEL, a commercial 7 db omni was installed on our UHF repeater, 444.150. The UHF repeater also has been recently serviced and updated. A new UHF TX-RX duplexer provided by Bird Electronics was installed in September, 2016 and is operational.
145.210 now has the new CAT 800 controller and weather receiver along with internet connectivity. The repeater now has more control and update flexibility. The new WAV player has great sounding voice ID's and announcements played directly from a WAV file. The 442.425 repeater has the same system.
Our site also houses our third system, a commercial Kenwood GMRS band UHF repeater on 462.725. My GMRS license is WPXG847. If you would like information on using GMRS, please contact me. A ten year license for $70.00 is required. The fee was reduced by $20.00 in September, 2015 by eliminating the regulatory fee associated with the license. See the FCC website for details. The rules are covered in FCC part 95. One license covers your family members. A unit number for each person is assigned and approved by the system owner. Permission to use the system is required. The FCC streamlined the part 95 rules. See the link on this page for further details.
The 442.425 repeater in Washington County will be going to low profile by the end of the year until the new 400 foot tower gets installed in a few years. Space on the 150 tower is limited and will be needed for the new 6 meter repeater early next year in 2018. The present coverage is not what we expected and a higher tower is needed.
At the Washington County repeater site, In early 2018 we will be adding a high profile 6 meter FM repeater with a CAT 800 controller. This machine will also be linked full time to the 145.210 repeater. The frequency and further details to be announced later after we receive the coordination.
Thanks to all the individuals who have helped and supported our group over the last 37 years. We could not have gotten this far without you. You know who you are. There has been a lot of changes over the years and we keep going.
I have been a regular attendee at the Dayton Hamvention since 1977. I have been a member of the ARRL since 1975.
The group has an eyeball on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. The location is one of several bar / restaurants in the South City or South County area. Contact one of the group members or monitor 145.210 for the location. You can also locate members of the group via APRS. Try (call)-5 or (call)-9.
If you would like to contact me, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Echolink remote base for 145.210 consists of a Kenwood V71A transceiver with the built in node controller, an HP Desktop running Windows 10 with the Echolink software, and linked to the Echolink network via a 134 megabit internet connection provided by Charter Communications. The remote base also has a battery backup. For details about accessing the node via the RF link, email me. Anyone can access the system as long as I know who requests the information and that you have the proper FCC license to do so. Keep in mind that you must follow my policy regarding access. A control operator may intervene if there is a violation. This is done so that everyone has a chance to use the system. The 145.210 node number is 466277. For more information on Echolink visit echolink.org.
On Monday nights, (145.210) we participate in the World Friendship Net on Echolink. Feel free to check in. If you check in via Echolink, go to the World Conference Server in the conference listings. Newsline will follow the net.
The ARRL Store has a great book on Internet linking. Click here to order it. It's written especially for Echolink. Also others such as IRLP.
Nifty Ham Radio Accessories publishes the Nifty E-Z Guide to Echolink Operation. Click here to order it.
For those that have an Android phone, there is an app in the Play Store called "Echolink Finder". This free app is a great for locating a node near you. It is based on your GPS location. The 21 node is listed. Also, two more apps of note: "Repeater Book", and "RFinder". Available for Android. These are repeater databases. The RFinder App requires a US$9.99 yearly subscription and can also be accessed on the web. They use your GPS location to get you the repeaters and nodes closest to you. RFinder is the official repeater app of the ARRL. Repeater Book is free. Go to these links for further info: RFinder, Repeater Book, and Echolink Finder.
For those who use APRS, or who want to locate an operator who is currently tracking, click here to find their location.
FRANCELLE N. (DOLLY) GARAVAGLIA, WBØSDZ 1937 TO 2016
PAUL M. GARAVAGLIA, KØYCV 1931 TO 2016.
LEFT, DOLLY, WBØSDZ, AND PAUL, KØYCV IN NOVEMBER, 2014. RIGHT, IN A PICTURE TAKEN JULY 23, 2007.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE ARRL HAM RADIO PSA FROM 2005.
THE 442.425 ACS 6000 REPEATER INSIDE CHASSIS VIEW. RIGHT PHOTO: POWER SUPPLY, RECEIVER, TRANSMITTER. PL DECK (UPPER RIGHT).
THE NEW 442.425 REPEATER GETTING READY FOR LAUNCH. THE REPEATER IS NOW LIVE. LEFT: WEATHER RECEIVER AND CAT 800.
THE SAME TWO PHOTOS ABOVE ALSO APPLY TO 145.210.
THE ACS SYSTEM ALONG WITH CAT AUTOMATION IS BY FAR THE BEST THERE IS ANYWHERE. THE BEST PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY PERIOD. END OF STORY!
ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE SIMPLY DOESN'T KNOW REPEATER SYSTEMS LIKE WE DO. OUR TRACK RECORD FOR 37 YEARS PROVES IT!
TOWER CLIMBER AT WORK. THE 442.425 150 FOOT TOWER SITE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO. THE REPEATER ANTENNA IS ON THE RIGHT.
THE NEW 6 METER REPEATER ANTENNA WILL GO ON THIS TOWER IN EARLY 2018. AND THE 440 ANTENNA REMOVED.
THE 442.425 RACK. TOP TO BOTTOM: APC POWER SURGE RACK, INTERNET NETWORK SWITCH, RIG RUNNER REMOTE AC POWER CONTROL,
STORAGE RACK DRAWER, CAT 800 CONTROLLER WITH WEATHER RECEIVER, ACS 6000 REPEATER, BEKO 500 WATT AMP RUNNING AT 250 WATTS,
BIRD TX RX DUPLEXERS WITH CONNECTING CABLES, BIRD DUMMY LOAD. RACK DOOR ON THE RIGHT.
WBØQXW ACCEPTS THE NEW CAT 800 CONTROLLER AND WEATHER RECEIVER FOR 145.210 FROM RON, WB4UFA, IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. JULY 10, 2017.
HARLIE, KB4CRG, WITH CAT AUTOMATION, AND BOB, WBØQXW, AT THE HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST AUGUST 19, 2017.
THE 145.210 REPEATER WAS TAKEN TO HUNTSVILLE FOR CONVERSION TO THE NEW CAT 800 SYSTEM.
REPEATER STATUS REPORT OCTOBER 12, 2017
REMINDER: BOTH THE 145.210 AND 444.150 REPEATERS ARE TURNED OFF BETWEEN 1:00 AM AND 6:00 AM EACH DAY.
35 AMP HOUR EMERGENCY POWER BACKUP BATTERIES AND POWER SUPPLY / CHARGER INSTALLED.
145.210 REPEATER EMERGENCY RF POWER OUTPUT IS 10 WATTS.
THE MAIN REPEATER SITE HAS INTERNET CONNECTIVITY FOR REPEATER CONTROL AND GOOGLE VOICE SERVICE.
CLICK THESE LINKS TO PLAY OUR NEW SYSTEM ID'S AND ANNOUNCEMENTS : ONE TWO THREE FOUR
145.210: "THE BLOWTORCH" ONLINE. 140 WATTS TO ANTENNA. (MEASURED BY BIRD MODEL 4304A.) 6 DB GAIN. 560 WATTS ERP AT 765 FEET ASL.
CONTROLLER UPGRADE INCLUDES THE CAT 800, AND WEATHER RECEIVER FOR ST. LOUIS AREA ALERTS.
INTERNET CONNECTIVITY NOW AVAILABLE TO CONTROL AND UPDATE THE CAT 800.
PLEASE USE CTCSS TONE 123.0 FOR INBOUND. OUTBOUND IF NEEDED.
CTCSS TONE 123.0 ON TRANSMIT CARRIER IS RECEIVE AUDIO ONLY.
LINKED FULL TIME TO 442.425 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO. VIA ECHOLINK. (SEE BELOW)
ECHOLINK IS OPERATIONAL AND CAN BE ACCESSED ON NODE NUMBER 466277.
WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:00 PM. FOLLOWED BY NEWSLINE.
View the 145.210 listing on Repeaterbook.com.
PRESS PLAY TO HEAR THE FEED.
444.150: "MINI BLOWTORCH" ONLINE. 100 WATTS TO ANTENNA. (MEASURED BY BIRD MODEL 4304A.) 433 WATTS ERP AT 765 FEET ASL.
NEW PCTEL 7 dbi OMNI UHF ANTENNA INSTALLED FOR BETTER COVERAGE.
NEW BIRD TX-RX DUPLEXERS INSTALLED TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE.
GOOGLE VOICE NOW CONTROLS THE UHF PHONE LINE FOR REPEATER CONTROL AND CALLS.
THE UHF REPEATER IS NOW ON CTCSS FULL TIME. USE TONE 146.2 INBOUND. OUTBOUND IF NEEDED.
CTCSS TONE 146.2 ON TRANSMIT CARRIER IS RECEIVE AUDIO ONLY.
View the 444.150 listing on Repeaterbook.com.
442.425: ONLINE. TRANSMITTER IS 200 WATTS. THE REPEATER WILL MOVE TO LOW PROFILE BY THE END OF 2017.
THE REPEATER WILL MOVE TO THE NEW 400 FOOT TOWER ONCE IT IS INSTALLED IN A FEW YEARS.
CONNECTED FULL TIME TO 145.210 VIA ECHOLINK. KØGDI-R NODE 3473. IRLP NODE IS 4312.
CTCSS TONE INBOUND IS 210.7 HZ. OUTBOUND IF NEEDED IS RECEIVE AUDIO ONLY.
View the 442.425 listing on Repeaterbook.com
462.725: THE GMRS COMMERCIAL REPEATER IS ONLINE AND OPERATING NORMALLY.
ACCESS IS RESTRICTED. A GMRS LICENSE AND USE PERMISSION IS REQUIRED.
NOTE: OUR GMRS REPEATER CHANNEL IS SHARED WITH A MACHINE IN COLLINSVILLE, IL.
A 6 METER (52 MHZ) REPEATER IS COMING IN EARLY 2018. DETAILS AND FREQUENCY ANNOUNCED LATER.
A 400 FOOT TOWER IS BEING PLANNED AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY REPEATER SITE. NO DATE AS OF YET.
KØGDI-2 144.390 WIDE AREA COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE NOW ONLINE.
OVER 190 MILE COVERAGE. THE LONGEST TRANSMIT REPORT SO FAR IS 497 DIRECT MILES. (HOLLY, MICHIGAN)
THE FARTHEST RECEPTION REPORT IS 395 MILES. (LIMA, OHIO)
OUTPUT 100 WATTS TO AN ANDREW 6 DB ANTENNA AT 1020 FEET ASL. ON THE 150 FOOT TOWER IN BLACKWELL, MO.
PROVIDING THE BEST REPEATERS, RELIABILITY, AND COVERAGE IN THE ST. LOUIS METRO AREA SINCE 1980.
THIS CAR ODOMETER REALLY KNOWS WHAT FREQUENCY TO PARK ON.