The wait is over! I am happy to report that as of Saturday, June 26, 2010 at approximately 4:30am (after spending hours at the site), SEMARA’s 927.8375 repeater is now linked full-time to the New England Amateur Radio 900 MHz (NEAR-900) network. Larry, W1DBX stayed up all night to witness the moment when the link was activated and made the first transmission over the network.
I again must thank everyone that helped me make this happen, including Ho, KC1HO and Jeff, N1ZZN. They both came down on two prior occasions to help wire up the repeater controller and make changes to the PL tone and Hear Clear settings. I still owe them a nice big meal at Wright’s Farm! In the upcoming week, we will be finishing up some minor work, including permanently mounting the repeater controller inside of the repeater rack and adjusting the repeater deviation.
Some of the other 900 MHz repeaters that you can expect to be linked in full-time with us include Boston, Hingham, Marlborough, Marshfield, Salem and Wrentham. You can always check to see who is currently connected to the network in real time by visiting the IRLP Status Page for the New England Reflector. Channel 5 (9125) is the NEAR-900 channel and all stations listed under this channel are linked together.
Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Repeater Committee