The conversion of SARA’s 442.275 repeater to a multi-mode digital machine is complete. Barry KI8B, Marty N8XPK, Rick WB8UTW, Jason N8JDM, John N8CD, and Gary AA8CS assembled their gear for the job as planned on Saturday May 4th. Shortly after 8:15 the work began of removing the analog bits of the UHF machine and replacing them with the new gear.
In preparation for the SARA UHF repeater becoming a digital repeater, effective 4/28/2019 the SARA 442.275 repeater will no longer link to the 53.17 repeater at 7:00 PM for the 6m Sunday Evening net. If you would like to join the Sunday Evening 6m net from UHF, you’ll find it on N8XPK’s 444.2 repeater in Akron.
At the 4/18/2019 SARA business meeting the membership approved a proposal to convert the club’s 442.275 repeater to a multi-mode digital repeater. Once the conversion is complete, the repeater will no longer support analog FM, but will support: DMR (on Brandmeister)YSF (Yaesu System Fusion)DSTARP25 In addition to being inline with many of Amateur Radio’s mandated purposes, drivers for this conversion include: The area’s high profile DMR repeater will likely be off the air or moving by June (losing Copley tower site)Ohio ARES is backing DMR for ARES operationsMany members have radios capable of DMR, DSTAR, or YSF, and not many places to use themWith this conversion, SARA’s UHF repeater would be a high power, high profile powerhouse for DMR, YSF, DSTAR & P25Provide another reason for SARA to have workshops, training, which would draw in additional members Current analog uses for 442.275, including the Pajama Net and a link to the Sunday Evening 6 meter net will move to N8XPK’s wide-area 444.2 repeater.
The N8XPK 53.17 MHz 6 meter repeater has 5 receiver sites in Ohio, each with their own PL frequency. The Akron location used a PL of 107.2 Hz, and was located on a tower that is becoming unavailable this spring. On April 6th, Marty moved the 53.17 Akron receiver to a new home in Columbiana county Ohio, about 30 miles east of the main transmit site.