WBØQXW VK2STL KØYCV WPXG847
KØGDI KAØPWL NØIIY NØIIZ
53.410 145.210 444.150 462.725 (GMRS)
FIVE TWO ONE AMATEUR RADIO GROUP
ESTABLISHED IN JANUARY, 1980.
THE OLDEST CONTINUOUS HAM RADIO "GROUP" IN ST. LOUIS.
53 CURRENT MEMBERS AND OVER 95 MEMBERS* SINCE 1980.
*INCLUDING SILENT KEYS
OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2020.
6 METER FM REPEATER COMING LATER IN 2020.
PROVIDING THE BEST IN ANALOG FM REPEATER SYSTEMS.
"NO DIGITAL REPEATERS HERE. WE'RE OLD SCHOOL."
"LOCK IT IN AND RIP THE KNOB OFF!"
KØGDI 144.390 APRS WIDE COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE.
SEE THE GROUP NEWS AND STATUS REPORT SECTIONS
FOR UPDATED IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
ABOVE ARE MY QSL CARDS, EYEBALL QSL CARD, AND MY ARRL 40 YEAR MEMBERSHIP PIN RECEIVED IN 2015.
CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW FOR THE LIVE CAMERA.
IMAGE DATE IS NOVEMBER 12, 2019
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE GROUP, PLEASE USE THE BUTTON ABOVE. NO OBLIGATION.
ANY DONATIONS RECEIVED WILL GO ENTIRELY TO DEFRAY THE MAIN REPEATER SITE EXPENSES. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR DONATION, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO EMAIL WBØQXW HERE.
(THE EMAIL ADDRESS LISTED IS THE ONE USED FOR MY PAY PAL ACCOUNT - WBØQXW.)
UPDATED JULY 16, 2020
THE 6 METER REPEATER DUPLEXER HAS BEEN ORDERED. 8 WEEK DELIVERY TIME TO THE SITE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO.
JIMMY RILEY, WAØKUZ, HAS PASSED AWAY. A LONG TIME MEMBER OF THE 521 ARG. PLEASE KEEP HIM IN YOUR PRAYERS.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE MONTHLY DINNERS WILL NOT BE HELD DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS.
THE 6 METER REPEATER ON AIR LATER IN 2020 DUE TO UNFORESEEN DELAYS. IT IS GETTING DONE AS TIME AND COST PERMITS.
145.210 AND 444.150 OPERATIONAL TIMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED. THEY ARE ON AT 7:00 AM AND OFF AT 12:00 MIDNIGHT.
PICTURED ABOVE: THE NEW 6 METER REPEATER, KENWOOD TM-V71A REMOTE BASE, AND THE CAT 800 CONTROLLER WITH WEATHER RECEIVER.
FCC STREAMLINES PART 95. INCLUDING GMRS, FRS, AND CB RADIO. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS.
CLICK HERE - ST. LOUIS AREA AMATEUR RADIO ORGANIZATIONS.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE UPDATED PHOTOS AND VIDEOS PAGE.
THE ABOVE VIDEO IS FROM GROUP MEMBER MIKE, KDØBQS, EXPLAINING AIRSPY AND SDR'S.
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 Advanced license in Australia with the call sign of VK2STL, which I have held for over 28 years.
The advantage of our group is that there are no club rules. No bi-laws, No board of directors. No elections. No mandated dues. No politics that are associated with some clubs in the area. (No names here. Sorry! You are free to guess which ones.) There is no "voting" up or down any person who wants to be part of the group. Everyone is treated the same. Everyone respects each other. Everyone is welcome on our repeaters and at our social activities. This has been the case for over 39 years and will remain so. This is a judgment free zone. Anyone who disagrees with these policies is free to move on to join other groups or clubs. THERE ARE NO STRANGELY WORDED MANIFESTOS ANYWHERE ON OUR WEBSITE.
If you are new to Amateur Radio, the members of our group will be glad to assist you with the hobby. The group is quite diverse and between the members we all have years if not decades of experience. From VHF and UHF to the low bands, antennas to repeaters, mobile operating to equipment advice. We can help you.
The 521 ARG has operated two repeaters in the St. Louis, MO area for 39 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.
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 444.150 repeater is now converted to the CAT 800 controller. The only difference between the two is that there will be no weather receiver. All features will be the same.
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.
At the Washington County repeater site, later in 2020, we will be adding a high profile 6 meter FM repeater with a CAT 800 controller. The output frequency is 53.410 mhz. This machine will be linked full time to the 145.210 repeater. Construction has been completed on the repeater. Other system components still need to be ordered including the 330 watt amplifier and duplexers. Stay tuned for updates.
The upgrades to all of the repeaters (Except GMRS.) will enable us to keep up with the latest analog RF and controller technology, improve reliability, and improve our already outstanding coverage with the addition of the new 6 meter repeater.
Thanks to all the individuals who have helped and supported our group over the last 40 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 in the 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, click here to send me an email.
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 460 meg internet connection provided by Spectrum. 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.
Click here for more info on the World Friendship 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. Please note that as of January, 2020, Echolink Finder DOES NOT work with Android 10.0. Also, two more apps of note: "Repeater Book", and "RFinder". Available for Android and iPhone. 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. Although the ARRL Repeater Directory of which RFinder is a part of is NOT worth the paper it's printed on. The old format and content were much better. I do not recommend it. 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. If you have an Android phone, you can get the APRSDroid app. Note that it does not work correctly with Android 10.0 and there is a beta version available to correct some issues in the play store. A new version is being worked on.
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.
LEFT: SHARKY. NOVEMBER 20, 2009 TO JUNE 15, 2018. CENTER: COOPER. 2006 TO FEBRUARY 15, 2020. RIP.
ABOVE: SILENT KEYS PAUL, KØYCV, STEVE, N8ZR, AND DOLLY, WBØSDZ AT HAMVENTION 2003.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE ARRL HAM RADIO PSA FROM 2005.
145.210 and 444.150 ACS 6000 REPEATER INSIDE CHASSIS VIEW. RIGHT PHOTO: POWER SUPPLY, RECEIVER, TRANSMITTER. PL DECK (UPPER RIGHT).
LEFT: WEATHER RECEIVER AND CAT 800 WITH WAV PLAYER FOR 145.210, 444.150, AND 53.410 MHZ. RIGHT: 444.150 REPEATER IS CAT 800 ONLY. (BACKUP PICTURED)
LEFT: THE 150 FOOT TOWER SITE IN BLACKWELL, WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO.
RIGHT: THE NEW 53.410 REPEATER ANTENNA IS ON THE LEFT SIDE ARM AT THE TOP OF THE TOWER.
ALSO IN THE RIGHT PICTURE, THE 2 METER APRS DIGI-PEATER ANTENNA ON THE RIGHT SIDE ARM, AND THE UHF BASE ANTENNA IN BACK.
REPEATER STATUS REPORT JULY 16, 2020
REMINDER: BOTH THE 145.210 AND 444.150 REPEATERS ARE TURNED OFF BETWEEN 12 MIDNIGHT AND 7:00 AM EACH DAY.
NOTE: THE 145.210 WEATHER RECEIVER WILL TRANSMIT ALERTS EVEN THOUGH THE REPEATER MAY BE OFF.
145.210 AND 444.150 HAVE THE SAME CONTROLLERS. HOWEVER THEY ARE INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER.
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.
THE FAMOUS CLASSIC VOICE ID'S MADE AT KMOX RADIO IN 1985 ARE NOW LOADED ON TO BOTH CAT 800 CONTROLLERS.
WBØQXW WAS FEATURED ON AN AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE ID BREAK. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO IT.
PROVIDING THE BEST REPEATERS, RELIABILITY, AND COVERAGE IN THE ST. LOUIS METRO AREA SINCE 1980.
145.210: "THE BLOWTORCH" ONLINE. 165 WATTS TO ANTENNA. 6 DB GAIN. 660 WATTS ERP AT 765 FEET ASL.
PROGRAMMING CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE REPEATER. CONTACT WBØQXW FOR INFO.
WE HOPE THIS IS A TEMPORARY SITUATION DUE TO MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE.
CONTROLLER UPGRADE INCLUDES THE CAT 800, AND WEATHER RECEIVER FOR ST. LOUIS AREA ALERTS.
PLEASE USE CTCSS TONE 123.0 FOR INBOUND. OUTBOUND IF NEEDED.
CTCSS TONE 123.0 ON TRANSMIT CARRIER IS RECEIVE AUDIO ONLY.
WILL BE LINKED FULL TIME TO THE 6 METER REPEATER 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.
444.150: "MINI BLOWTORCH" ONLINE. 100 WATTS TO ANTENNA. 433 WATTS ERP AT 765 FEET ASL.
PROGRAMMING CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE REPEATER. CONTACT WBØQXW FOR INFO.
THE REPEATER IS NOW CONVERTED TO THE CAT 800 AND IS OPERATIONAL. NO WEATHER RECEIVER.
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.
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.
53.410: REPEATER IS AT THE SITE AND IS BEING TESTED. ON AIR LATER IN 2020.
THE REPEATER AND CONTROLLER ARE WORKING 100%. WAITING ON OTHER SYSTEM COMPONENTS.
UNFORTUNATELY, DELAYS WILL PUSH THE ON AIR DATE INTO LATER IN THE YEAR.
INSTALLATION OF THE 6 METER REMOTE BASE HAS BEEN COMPLETED. WORKING GREAT!
SIX METER ANTENNA AND SIDE ARM HAS BEEN INSTALLED ON THE 150 FOOT TOWER.
THE 6 METER DUPLEXER HAS BEEN ORDERED. DELIVERY TIME IS 8 WEEKS.
THE SIX METER PREAMP HAS ARRIVED AND IS INSTALLED ON THE TOWER.
THE BEKO 6 METER REPEATER AMPLIFIER WILL RUN AT 330 WATTS.
THE 50 AMP ICS RACK MOUNTED POWER SUPPLY HAS ARRIVED ON SITE.
THE REPEATER WILL HAVE THE CAT 800 CONTROLLER AND WEATHER RECEIVER.
THE REPEATER WILL BE LINKED TO 145.210 FULL TIME ON ECHOLINK VIA KØGDI-R.
THE REPEATER LINK TO 145.210 HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND IS OPERATIONAL. (NODE ONLY)
KØGDI 144.390 WIDE AREA COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE OFFLINE.
OVER 190 MILE COVERAGE. THE LONGEST TRANSMIT REPORT SO FAR IS 633 DIRECT MILES. (WALES, MN)
THE FARTHEST RECEPTION REPORT IS 572 DIRECT MILES. (GAYLORD, MI)
OUTPUT 45 WATTS TO AN ANDREW 6 DB ANTENNA AT 1020 FEET ASL. ON THE 150 FOOT TOWER IN BLACKWELL, MO.
LEFT: THE 145.210 REPEATER COVERAGE AREA ESTIMATE. RIGHT: THE 444.150 REPEATER COVERAGE AREA ESTIMATE.
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WBØQXW checks the installation of the new duplexers. 01-09-16, IFR 1200S service monitor, Bird 4304A single element 5 to 500 watt 25 mhz to 1 ghz wattmeter.
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A lot of people ask me (QXW) what equipment I like or recommend. Being in the hobby for over 45 years makes this question easy to answer. Kenwood for VHF and UHF mobiles . Yaesu for handhelds and small portable low band rigs. The Yaesu duel band mobiles are just to difficult to operate and program. The Kenwood's are easy. ICOM also makes some great gear. My list includes (but not limited to) the following: Kenwood TMV-71A, and D710. Yaesu 891, FT-60, VX-6. ICOM T-70, IC-9700, and IC-7300. Amplifiers by ACOM and Henry Radio. Antennas by Larsen and Comet for VHF and UHF mobile use, Hustler and Comet for VHF and UHF base antennas, LDG for tuners, Astron for power supplies, and Bird Electronics for test equipment. (There is no substitute!) The ICOM IC-7300 and IC-9700 are the best radios I have seen and used in a long time.
ABOVE: THE ICOM 9700 AND THE REMOTE CONTROL SOFTWARE RUNNING ON A LAPTOP. A SURE WINNING COMBINATION.
ABOVE LEFT: THE NEW ICOM IC-7300 WITH THE IC-9700. (THE TWINS) WITH THE ACOM 600S AMP AND MFJ TUNER. RIGHT: MICKY, KBØZVB IN THE WBØQXW SHACK.
GENERAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICE: THE FOLLOWING 521 ARG MEMBERS ARE LICENSED FOR GMRS.
BOB (WBØQXW) WPXG847, GREG (KØGDI) WQXQ897, MICKY (KBØZVB) WRBM660, PAUL (KBØVTK) WQGY451, MARK (NØMMM) WQNI500, KRIS (KEØJZE) WQYB847, CHRIS (N9VHL) WPXH982, RON (NØNSP) WQYS593, ROYCE (NØJLO) WQYY781, MIKE (KDØBQS) WQZG357, ANDREW (KEØOUO) WQZH864, STEVE (NØOWF) WRAM643, PETE (AIØI) WQYN792, JERRY (KEØYW) WRCX779, GREG (ADØXV), WQZA897, JOHN (K1IF) WRDE437, KEITH (WØDMT) WRCS966, JOSH (KEØVYD) WRDR297.
ST. LOUIS CITY REPEATER SITE CREW (145.210, 444.150, 462.725): WBØQXW, KBØZVB, KØGDI, KØKYZ, KEØVYD, KDØBQS, ADØXV, KEØYHA.
WASHINGTON COUNTY REPEATER SITE CREW (53.410): KØGDI, KØMAM, WBØQXW.
CLUB TRUSTEE: WBØQXW. CLUB CALL SIGN: KØYCV REPEATER TRUSTEES: WBØQXW, (145.210, 444.150) KØGDI, (53.410), WPXG847 (462.725)
REPEATER CONTROL OPERATORS AND MONITORS: WBØQXW, KØGDI, KDØBQS, KBØZVB, KEØVYD.
APRS NODES: KØGDI, KDØBQS, KEØJZE.
ST. LOUIS REPEATER SITE NETWORKING: KDØBQS
HAMVENTION 2021 GROUP CONTACT: WBØQXW
The list of supporters has been discontinued due to confusion caused by the vanity call sign system. You know who you are and your support is most appreciated. Several of the calls have been reassigned by the FCC. There have been so many supporters over the years and call sign changes that confusion has become an issue. This includes expired call signs and silent keys. Although the silent key list will remain.
Listed below are the known silent keys who supported the group through the years. We honor the memory of:
KØYCV Paul, WBØSDZ Dolly, KØTMK Harold, WBØSEA Betty, WAØGGE Jerry, WØIFP Walt, WØRKU Carrol, KAØFXN Jean, KMØX Jim, KH6IQF Bill, WØEKM Bob, KC9KTP Brian, WB5OYL Gordon, N8ZR Steve, NØUHJ Joe, KBØAFQ Jim, KBØEQ Howard, KAØMJI Rod, AAØA Dennis, KBØMWG Bill, VK3NAY Brian, WØBOB Bob, NØGEX Paul, W1FCK Gary, WAØKUZ Jim.
The call letters above were valid at the time of the silent key.
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