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WBQXW    VK2STL    KYCV    KAPWL    WPXG847

  

FIVE TWO ONE AMATEUR RADIO GROUP

ESTABLISHED IN JANUARY, 1980.

SOON OUR 38TH YEAR IN 2018!

 

53.410    145.210    444.150    462.725

 

6 METER FM REPEATER COMING IN EARLY 2018.

PROVIDING ANALOG ONLY FM REPEATERS.

"NO DIGITAL REPEATERS HERE. WE'RE OLD SCHOOL."

"LOCK IT IN AND RIP THE KNOB OFF!"

KGDI-2 144.390 APRS WIDE COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EVERYONE AT THE 521 ARG!

 

 

       

 

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GROUP NEWS

UPDATED DECEMBER 8, 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. FREQUENCY 53.410 MHZ.

THE NEW 6 METER REPEATER WILL USE THE SPACE VACATED BY THE 442.425 MACHINE ON THE 150 FOOT TOWER.

THE 442.425 REPEATER WILL BE DECOMMISSIONED AND REPLACED WITH THE 53.410 REPEATER.

THE KGDI-2 144.390 WIDE AREA COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE NOW OPERATIONAL.

A CAT 800 CONTROLLER IS NOW PLANNED FOR THE 444.150 REPEATER WITH NO WEATHER RECEIVER. CONVERSION IN JANUARY, 2018.

WELCOME BACK TO THE GROUP PAUL, WIFP. CONGRATULATIONS ON RETURNING TO HAM RADIO.

 

FCC STREAMLINES PART 95. INCLUDING GMRS, FRS, AND CB RADIO. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS.

 

My name is Bob Garavaglia, WBQXW, 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, KAPWL; my sister Judy, NIIY; and my brother-in-law Ron, NIIZ. Our group also has a club call sign, KYCV 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.

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. The output frequency is 53.410 mhz. This machine will be linked full time to the 145.210 repeater. The 442.425 repeater in Washington County will be going off the air. The space on the 150 tower is limited and will be needed for the new 6 meter repeater. The present coverage is not what we expected. The new 6 meter repeater will provide better coverage.

The 444.150 UHF repeater will be upgraded to the CAT 800 controller in January, 2018. The repeater will not have the weather receiver. The 145.210 repeater will handle the weather alerts. With the 145.210, 444.150, and 53.410 repeaters having the same controllers, all three will have the same state of the art technology for better operation, reliability, and control options.

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 wb0qxw@arrl.net.

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.

 

 

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FRANCELLE N. (DOLLY) GARAVAGLIA, WBSDZ 1937 TO 2016

 

PAUL M. GARAVAGLIA, KYCV  1931 TO 2016.

 

 

       

LEFT, DOLLY, WBSDZ, AND PAUL, KYCV IN NOVEMBER, 2014. RIGHT, IN A PICTURE TAKEN JULY 23, 2007.

 

 

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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).

 

   

THE NEW WEATHER RECEIVER AND CAT 800 WITH THE WAV PLAYER AND AUDIO DELAY BOARDS FOR 145.210, AND 53.410 MHZ. 444.150 IS CAT 800 ONLY.

THE ACS SYSTEM ALONG WITH CAT AUTOMATION IS BY FAR THE BEST THERE IS ANYWHERE. THE BEST PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY. 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 ON THE 150 FOOT TOWER SITE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO.

THE NEW 53.410 REPEATER ANTENNA WILL GO ON THIS TOWER IN EARLY 2018.

 

WBQXW 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, WBQXW, 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 NOVEMBER 24, 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

PROVIDING THE BEST REPEATERS, RELIABILITY, AND COVERAGE IN THE ST. LOUIS METRO AREA SINCE 1980.

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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.

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.

 

 

PRESS PLAY TO HEAR THE FEED.

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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.

THE UHF REPEATER WILL BE CONVERTED THE THE CAT 800 CONTROLLER IN JANUARY, 2018. 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.

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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.

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THE 53.410 HIGH PROFILE 6 METER FM REPEATER COMING SOON IN EARLY 2018.

A 400 FOOT TOWER IS BEING PLANNED AT THE  WASHINGTON COUNTY REPEATER SITE. NO DATE AS OF YET.

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KGDI-2 144.390 WIDE AREA COVERAGE DIGI / I-GATE NOW ONLINE.

OVER 190 MILE COVERAGE. THE LONGEST TRANSMIT REPORT SO FAR IS 633 DIRECT MILES. (WALES, MINNESOTA)

THE FARTHEST RECEPTION REPORT IS 420 MILES. (MARSHALL, MICHIGAN)

OUTPUT 100 WATTS TO AN ANDREW 6 DB ANTENNA AT 1020 FEET ASL. ON THE 150 FOOT TOWER IN BLACKWELL, MO.

KGDI-2 COVERAGE MAP IS BELOW. A NEW MAP WILL BE PRODUCED SOON.

 

 

 

THIS CAR ODOMETER REALLY KNOWS WHAT FREQUENCY TO PARK ON.

 

 

 

 

The Greene County Fair Grounds in Xenia, Ohio. The new site of Hamvention.

 

Click here for HAMNATION. The weekly Internet show with host Bob Heil, K9EID.

Go to W5KUB.COM to view the live stream from Hamvention! As well as other shows.

 

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Above are the repeater site roof pictures. Shown from the left is the old 145.210 antenna, the 220 mhz receive antenna, the 444.150 antenna, and the GMRS UHF antenna. Followed by roof view photos, including the downtown skyline with the Gateway Arch and a rain storm. All the antennas are connected via 225 feet of half inch hardline. Height above sea level is 765 feet at top of the VHF antenna. Click on thumbnails to view.

                           

Above are pictures of the equipment. From left to right are: Hardline head in with PolyPhasers, GMRS Kenwood repeater, 444.150 repeater with duplexers, 145.210 control receiver and old 100 watt amplifier, 145.210 controller rack and repeater, old duplexers, old picture of 145.210 main rack, old picture of UHF and GMRS main rack. Click on thumbnails to view.

                               

Above are the pictures of the new 145.210 antenna installation. (Andrew DB224-E 6 db gain 138 - 150 MHZ broadband antenna.) October, 2014. Left to right: The unpacking of the new antenna, new antenna assembled on roof, removal of the old antenna, KYCV (Now SK) and KDYYG holding the old antenna, and the new antenna going up. New picture of the UHF / GMRS rack. (Top down: Very top not shown is the GMRS TPL amp, GMRS duplexers, CAT controller, GMRS Kenwood commercial repeater KTR-820, 444.150 TX-RX duplexers, 444.150 repeater with CAT controller inside, UHF 100 watt Henry amp and 50 amp power supply, spare 35 amp Astron.) New picture of the VHF rack for 145.210. (Top down: Henry 75 amp power supply, Henry 250 watt amplifier currently throttled back to 220 watts, control receiver, 145.210 repeater, CAT controller in back of the rack, and new TX-RX duplexers.) Last picture is the back view of the new 145.210 Henry power supply and amplifier. Click on thumbnails to view.

                               

Tower work project on February 19, 2016:  Left to right. Picture 1: Micky KBZVB, Rick Schutt (SGR Inc.), Ken KKYZ. Picture 2: Ken KKYZ. Picture 3: James KB9MQI, Pete AII. Picture 4: Bob WBQXW. Picture 5: Gary (SGR Inc.) and Rick (Up top.) work on the tower attaching the main steel plate. Picture 6: Close up of picture 5. Picture 7: Ken KKYZ bolts one of the steel plates. Pictures 8 and 9: Shots of the roof view. Looking to Downtown and North up Grand with Gravois on the right. Click on thumbnails to view.

 

           

WBQXW 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.

 

Left, Dennis KARFO. The voice of 145.21. Right, Bob WBQXW. In the studio of KRMS AM 1150, Lake of the Ozarks, recording repeater ID's on May 29, 2016.

 

Bob Heil, K9EID, Heil Sound and Hamnation host and Bob, WBQXW, at Hamvention 2017 in Xenia, Ohio

 

Bob, WBQXW, with Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, of Hamnation and Amateur Radio Newsline at Hamvention 2017 in Xenia, Ohio.

 

 

Click here to see our selection of videos on Ham Radio and other related content.

 

 

 

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WBQXW recommends repeater amplifiers by Henry Radio. Located in Los Angeles, CA  USA. The best in the business! Click the banner below.

 

WBQXW recommends repeater equipment from Advanced Communication Systems in Chester, NH, USA. Click here for information.

ACS has been providing repeaters and service to the 521 ARG since 1982. The best in the business!

The secret behind our success. It speaks for itself!

Their address and phone are, Advanced Communication Systems, 17 Haverhill Road, Chester, NH, 03036. Phone: 978-372-3442. Ask for Gary.

 

Cat Automation Technology

WBQXW recommends CAT repeater controllers. Click the link above for information.

 

                KENWOOD       Icom America - 2 way radios

BUY THE BIG THREE. CLICK THE BANNERS ABOVE.

 

GENERAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICE:  THE FOLLOWING 521 ARG MEMBERS ARE LICENSED FOR GMRS.

BOB (WBQXW) WPXG847, GREG (KGDI) WQXQ897, MICKY (KBZVB) WPXJ652, PAUL (KBVTK) WQGY451, MARK (NMMM) WQNI500, KRIS (KEJZE) WQYB847, PETE (AII) WQYN792, CHRIS (N9VHL) WPXH982, RON (NNSP) WQYS593, ROYCE (NJLO) WQYY781, MIKE (KDBQS) WQZG357.

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MAIN REPEATER SITE CREW (145.210, 444.150, 462.725):   WBQXW, KBZVB, KBVTK, KGDI, KKYZ, KEJZE, KDBQS, AII.

WASHINGTON COUNTY REPEATER SITE CREW (53.410):   KGDI, KCMAM.

CLUB TRUSTEE:   WBQXW.    CLUB CALL SIGN:  KYCV    REPEATER TRUSTEES:  WBQXW, (145.210, 444.150, 462.725) KGDI, (53.410).

CONTROL OPERATORS:   WBQXW, KBZVB, KGDI, KEJZE, KDBQS.

FIELD DAY PLANNING:   KGDI, WBQXW, KDBQS, WAKWI.  JUNE 23 AND 24, 2018.

WEBMASTER:   WBQXW

MAIN REPEATER SITE INTERNET:   KDBQS

ACTIVE 521 ARG MEMBERS:    WBQXW, AII, KGDI, KCMAM, KBVTK, KARGI, KBRQJ, ADAJ, KBZVB, NMMM, NXTH, KECJM, N9VHL, KELEL, NNSP, NPOD, KEJZE, KEKOF, NJLO, NZGR, WZOE, N1ADR, KDYYG, KDBQS, WAKWI, WCSG, WIFP.

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Thank you to the Ham Radio operators listed below who currently support, or have supported the 521 ARG in the past.

WBQXW, KAPWL, NIIY, NIIZ, KBVTK, KBMWG, K1IF, KC9MTF, WA9NE, KAJCU, NY9X, KK2G, KN9G, W9KTO, KG9IR, KVW, WAS, NFNF, WA9SQE, NQNV, KARGI, KBRQJ, ADAJ, NB9E, AAQE, AII, N9NJS, KAQQN, KBENM, KARFO, KBZVB, NVGG, WBLSR, N9IDD, NMMM, WAKUZ, KGDI, KCMAM, KBUPN, NJLO, KEYW, NDJS, NGXW, WDGVU, KDYYG, NLIB, KDTYG, NPFR, NZY, NOWF, KC9KY, KDMAD, NEOF, KAIAR, NDN, KKYZ, NXTH, KEBVB, KEIKT, N1TOY, NK9X, KEJZE, KK6IQD, KECJM, KEKOF, WBSND, N9VHL, KELEL, NNSP, NPOD, WCSG, NZGR, WZOE, N1ADR, KDBQS, WB4UFA, KB4CRG, WAKWI, WIFP.

Ex Hams*:  WBQXR, NAQD.

 

Special mention to my Aussie friends: VK2ZZO, VK5CP, VK3MJF, VK5SX, VK3NAY, VK3VJS, VK3FDGM.

 

Listed below are the silent keys* who supported the group through the years. We honor the memory of:

EX-KYCV Paul, WBSDZ Dolly, KTMK Harold, WBSEA Betty, WAGGE Jerry, EX-WIFP Walt, WRKU Carrol, KAFXN Jean, KMX Jim, WEKM Bob, KC9KTP Brian, WB5OYL Gordon, N8ZR Steve, NUHJ Joe, KBAFQ Jim, KBEQ Howard, KAMJI Rod.

*Original license call letter holders.

 

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