VA DMR Repeaters

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Ghstwolf62

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Also check out NC-PRN which lists some. There are a couple up in DC Northern Virginia.
Have Richmond, VA Beach, Petersburg, Wytheville and Fancy Gap I believe.

Richmond and Petersburg may be one or the other now. Not sure. At least one though.

Website is ncprn.net
The site mentioned above also.
 

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Nothing in SE VA yet.

I was recently informed that there is someone (I do NOT know who) who is currently looking for tower space in the southside Hampton Roads area for a DMR repeater. If someone has connections to a site, please let me know; I'll pass along the info along.

73,
 

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Chesapeake / SE Virginia DMR Repeater

KC4JGC, you maybe referring to me. I currently live in northeast Tennessee, but I'm moving to the Chesapeake area as soon as possible. Until I move I have a XPR 8400 that I'm using as a portable repeater as there wasn't coverage in the area I live now or in Chesapeake.

Right now I'm on travel to the Chesapeake area about 50% of the time. I do put the repeater online while I'm there, it doesn't get great coverage as it's antenna is only about 30' up, but will reach a few miles from the I-64 and Battlefield interchange. I'm not currently publishing the frequencies since the repeater isn't up all the time yet, but if someone is in the area at the same time as me and they want to try it out I'd be happy to give it to them.

NCPRN will soon have another repeater online in the Johnson City Tennessee area, K1LNX, which I should be able to hit. So if a location, at a reasonable price, in the Chesapeake area was found that I could place my repeater that would significantly improve the coverage I would consider placing it now.

If anyone has any leads please let me know.

Thanks,

Marc
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KC4JGC, you maybe referring to me. I currently live in northeast Tennessee, but I'm moving to the Chesapeake area as soon as possible.
If your brother is Scott KF4DBW, Yes, I am. Glad to make your acquaintance!
Until I move I have a XPR 8400 that I'm using as a portable repeater as there wasn't coverage in the area I live now or in Chesapeake.

Right now I'm on travel to the Chesapeake area about 50% of the time. I do put the repeater online while I'm there, it doesn't get great coverage as it's antenna is only about 30' up, but will reach a few miles from the I-64 and Battlefield interchange. I'm not currently publishing the frequencies since the repeater isn't up all the time yet, but if someone is in the area at the same time as me and they want to try it out I'd be happy to give it to them.

NCPRN will soon have another repeater online in the Johnson City Tennessee area, K1LNX, which I should be able to hit. So if a location, at a reasonable price, in the Chesapeake area was found that I could place my repeater that would significantly improve the coverage I would consider placing it now.

If anyone has any leads please let me know.

Thanks,

Marc
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I would check with Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service (CARS), the club in Chesapeake. Also Portsmouth ARC. As I explained to Scott, tower/building space is at a premium. All the CARS repeaters are on city owned towers. If you're looking for access whenever you want without a city official escorting you, that won't be a possibility for you. The Portsmouth machines are at the naval hospital and a civilian hospital across town.

I did provide a couple (albeit remote) possibilities in my e-mail to Scott and Jay in Prince George, though. It was through Jay KD4BPZ that I learned of your machine.

Good luck es 73,
 

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I do put the repeater online while I'm there, it doesn't get great coverage as it's antenna is only about 30' up, but will reach a few miles from the I-64 and Battlefield interchange. I'm not currently publishing the frequencies since the repeater isn't up all the time yet, but if someone is in the area at the same time as me and they want to try it out I'd be happy to give it to them.

NCPRN will soon have another repeater online in the Johnson City Tennessee area, K1LNX, which I should be able to hit. So if a location, at a reasonable price, in the Chesapeake area was found that I could place my repeater that would significantly improve the coverage I would consider placing it now.

If anyone has any leads please let me know.

Thanks,

Marc
KK4WTI
A good next step, if not done already, is getting your choice of frequency coordinated with the area coordinator. This would generate traffic for the machine.

If your brother is Scott KF4DBW, Yes, I am. Glad to make your acquaintance!


I would check with Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service (CARS), the club in Chesapeake. Also Portsmouth ARC. As I explained to Scott, tower/building space is at a premium. All the CARS repeaters are on city owned towers. If you're looking for access whenever you want without a city official escorting you, that won't be a possibility for you. The Portsmouth machines are at the naval hospital and a civilian hospital across town.

I did provide a couple (albeit remote) possibilities in my e-mail to Scott and Jay in Prince George, though. It was through Jay KD4BPZ that I learned of your machine.

Good luck es 73,
One of the challenges being experienced with digital machines around here is the Internet access. Sometimes traditional sites do not have that service available.
 

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I have listed and programmed in the following for VA and close by.
442.5875 CC 1 Chesapeake
443.5875 CC 1 Richmond
443.2625 CC 1 Wytheville
443.9375 CC 1 Fancy Gap
440.7500 CC6 Petersburg
448.9750 CC6 Haymarket
440.6500 CC6 DC
443.8500 CC 6 Towson-Slightly out of VA

That is accurate as of about three weeks or a month ago when I went through and updated programming. Of course it also seems subject to change quite frequently so keep that in mind.
 

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I have listed and programmed in the following for VA and close by.
442.5875 CC 1 Chesapeake
443.5875 CC 1 Richmond
443.2625 CC 1 Wytheville
443.9375 CC 1 Fancy Gap
440.7500 CC6 Petersburg
448.9750 CC6 Haymarket
440.6500 CC6 DC
443.8500 CC 6 Towson-Slightly out of VA

That is accurate as of about three weeks or a month ago when I went through and updated programming. Of course it also seems subject to change quite frequently so keep that in mind.
The Chesapeake frequency is subject to change, as we are just using it in a mobile configuration right now and that happened to be the frequency the duplexer was tuned to. Also, the Petersburg repeater is no longer there, it has been moved and is now the Richmond repeater.
 

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A good next step, if not done already, is getting your choice of frequency coordinated with the area coordinator. This would generate traffic for the machine.
Getting a specific repeater pair coordinated for your area would give you the upper hand in interference issues. Being listed in the directories would help get the word out to those interested in DMR. Get that SERA paperwork started now.
One of the challenges being experienced with digital machines around here is the Internet access. Sometimes traditional sites do not have that service available.
That's very true. If your repeater is at a government facility you'll likely need to justify your need for internet service. Wanting to link distant repeaters may not be accepted. Case in point: A few years ago, a 2m repeater at the NASA Goddard ARC was forced to disconnect its Echolink direct connection at the repeater.
Later, the node returned via a link from a member's home station.

What are the other DMR repeater owners doing in regards to linking?
1- Home stations,
2- Commercial/governments sites with a direct connection at the site or,
3- Commercial/government site with an auxiliary rf link to the owner's home?

My guess would be either "1" or "3".
 

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What are the other DMR repeater owners doing in regards to linking?
1- Home stations,
2- Commercial/governments sites with a direct connection at the site or,
3- Commercial/government site with an auxiliary rf link to the owner's home?

My guess would be either "1" or "3".
All three actually, and then some.

So far we either pay for a DSL or cable connection, are able to piggyback off of another internet connection at the site or use point-to-point link radios and feed it from another site (home or office, usually). We can also use 3G or LTE MiFi access points, if the site is in a location that has signal.
 

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The Chesapeake frequency is subject to change, as we are just using it in a mobile configuration right now and that happened to be the frequency the duplexer was tuned to. Also, the Petersburg repeater is no longer there, it has been moved and is now the Richmond repeater.

Thanks for the update on things.
 

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That's very true. If your repeater is at a government facility you'll likely need to justify your need for internet service. Wanting to link distant repeaters may not be accepted. Case in point: A few years ago, a 2m repeater at the NASA Goddard ARC was forced to disconnect its Echolink direct connection at the repeater.
Later, the node returned via a link from a member's home station.

What are the other DMR repeater owners doing in regards to linking?
1- Home stations,
2- Commercial/governments sites with a direct connection at the site or,
3- Commercial/government site with an auxiliary rf link to the owner's home?

My guess would be either "1" or "3".
The club I'm president of has Echolink on one VHF repeater and that uses Method 3 for connectivity. Our D-Star UHF location has been problematic in maintaining the RF link (line of sight issues) to a nearby member's home and is now checking out a T-Mobile MiFi as an alternative. The recently installed DMR machine has a connection in the repeater room.
 

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That's very true. If your repeater is at a government facility you'll likely need to justify your need for internet service. Wanting to link distant repeaters may not be accepted. Case in point: A few years ago, a 2m repeater at the NASA Goddard ARC was forced to disconnect its Echolink direct connection at the repeater.
Later, the node returned via a link from a member's home station
Sorry to drudge up a really old thread, but I came across this one on a search. I'm located at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and I'm part of the Wallops Amateur Radio Club. We're working on switching our (now analog) XPR8400 repeater over to DMR/Analog mixed mode. That's fine for stand alone, but we want to get on with DMR-MARC. I'm right now going through the process to see if I can get it on our NASA network. We have a backup plan that is still in work, but that might just be a simple 2.4 GHz shot point to point outside of the gate to a local non-profit group using a pair of Ubiquity Bullet-M link radios.

Goddard is our sister facility and I know that the club up there has gone through many changes, moves, ect. I'll have to get up with one of my contacts up there to see if I can get the story on what they went through with the network.

In the meantime, the repeater is up working in analog on 444.880 +5MHz 100.0 Hz PL.
 
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