Repeaters

  • 444.500+5MHz MOTOTRBO / DMR, Arcadian Hill near Hancock, MI
    A Motorola XPR8400 repeater connected to the W8YY network via Motorola’s IP Site Connect (IPSC) protocol.
    DMR Color code 1
    Time Slot #1 – Group call 9061 = Wide 1
    Time Slot #1 – Group call 9063 = local to Houghton/Hancock
    Time Slot #2 – Group call 9062 = Wide 2 (where members of the club hangout most of the time)
    Time Slot #2 – Group call 9064 = local to Houghton/Hancock
  • 444.750+5MHz MOTOTRBO / DMR, Calumet Air Force Station near Phoenix, MI
    A Motorola SLR5700 repeater connected to the W8YY network via Motorola’s IP Site Connect (IPSC) protocol.
    DMR Color code 1
    Time Slot #1 – Group call 9061 = Wide 1
    Time Slot #1 – Group call 9063 = local to CAFS
    Time Slot #2 – Group call 9062 = Wide 2 (where members of the club hangout most of the time)
    Time Slot #2 – Group call 9064 = local to CAFS
  • 444.650+5MHz (100Hz PL) HARC Analog, Wadsworth Hall near Houghton, MI
    A Motorola GR500 repeater running app_rpt/Asterisk through a URI out of our club room.
    You can connect to this repeater via Echolink by connecting to W8YY-R (Node #355330). Local users can connect to other Echolink nodes as well. See below for details on using Echolink.
    This repeater also has an automated phone patch. To use the patch:
  1. Make sure the repeater is not in use and that you can hit it (it’s a good idea to say something like “KA1BCD for the autopatch” to let someone know what you’re doing).
  2. Key up the repeater and dial *6 on your radio. If you unkey, you should hear a dial tone.
  3. Dial the phone number of the person you want to call. There are some rules to be aware of:
    a. You must dial a 1 before dialing outside the 906 area code. Otherwise, the dial plan will just take the first seven digits you dial and add 906 to the front.
    b. If you dial 1, you can dial the NPA and number (eleven digits total before the call will be placed)
    c. 911 calls WILL NOT work through the autopatch. Calls to any X11 number will be rejected.
  4. After dialing, the line should begin ringing. Once the called party answers, you can proceed with the call. The ARRL has some useful information on phone patch usage. In particular, if you are calling someone that isn’t a ham, make sure to remind them that they are on a radio patch and that you cannot hear them while you are talking.
  5. When finished (or at any time during the call), dial *0# to terminate the call. The repeater should say “call terminated” and drop.
  6. Identify and state that you are finished with the autopatch.

Additionally, if you need to get the attention of a control operator — or just anyone in general, you can send a DTMF “0” for at least three seconds. This is sometimes called LiTZ, for Long Tone Zero. A call through the phone patch to a control operator will be automatically placed (this actually dials a ring group that calls several numbers, where the first person to answer “wins”).

As of late 2016, we now have a VHF remote base that can be linked with the repeater. This is especially useful for users in the Houghton / Hancock area that may not be able to reach all of the area repeaters due to terrain or other reasons. There are two steps to using the base:

  1. Channel steer the radio to the desired frequency. Our setup uses a gm300 radio as the VHF gateway. Using one of the commands listed below, you can remotely change the current channel from the UHF repeater input. For example, dialing *9158 will steer the radio to the 146.58 “HARC Simplex”.
  2. Connect the UHF repeater to the VHF repeater to pass audio by dialing *916881. This step initiates an audio connection between the two nodes. Everything heard by the W8YY UHF repeater will be forwarded to the selected VHF channel and vice versa. The only exception is “telemetry” like courtesy tones, UHF repeater IDs, and command responses. To a user on 2m, it will sound as if there is no repeater between the UHF input and the VHF output.

You can tell if a link is connected based on the courtesy tone of the UHF node: a “backwards” tone will be played after a local UHF user’s transmission, and a “donk” tone will play after a link user talks.

A Collected List of DTMF Functions Available on the 444.650 Repeater

  • Echolink Commands: For some of these commands, the repeater will only emit a quick “beep beep” as a confirmation. Others will respond with a short voice announcement.
    *33 <node number> # -- Connect to the given node number.
    *1<node number># -- Disconnect the given node from the repeater.
    
    *5881# -- Shortcut to connect the repeater to the CCRAA 146.88 repeater.
    *5880# -- Shortcut to disconnect from the 88 repeater.
    *53151# -- Shortcut to connect to the KCRA 147.315 repeater
    *53150# -- Shortcut to disconnect from the 147.315 repeater
  • Autopatch Commands:
    *6# -- Autopatch up
    *0# -- Autopatch down
    • Dialing Prefixes:
      These patterns will be matched by the Asterisk dialplan when using the autopatch. You must dial *6# first before dialing the number.

      0xxx -- Dials the three digit internal extension "xxx"
      1 xxx xxx xxxx -- Dials the 10 digit PSTN number ("with" the area code)
      xxx xxxx -- Dials the 7 digit PSTN number in the 906 area code
  • General Commands:
    *81# -- Play system time. Useful as a testing tool.
    *71# -- Disconnect all links. Useful to drop all external connections to the repeater.
    *73# -- Full System status. Used to see what nodes are currently connected.
  • Using the VHF remote base
  • *916881# -- Connect the remote base
    *916880# -- Disconnect the remote base
    • Remote base channel steering commands:
    • *9188# -- Steer the remote base to the 146.880 repeater near Hancock.
      *91315# -- Steer the remote base to the 147.315 repeater near Phoenix.
      *9167# -- Steer the remote base to the 146.67 repeater near Donken.
      *9142# -- Steer the remote base to 147.420, a local simplex used for events.
      *9158# -- Steer the remote base to 146.58, another simplex channel.
      *9139# -- Steer the remote base to the 147.39 repeater.
      *9170# -- Steer the remote base to the 146.70 repeater.
      *9100# -- Release the remote base (that is, return to whatever channel we picked last in HARC). This will probably end up on a repeater somewhere.