We recently wrapped up a project of moving our 440 repeater from one location to a new one, greatly expanding our UHF foot print. Initial testing to determine our new coverage area have been very promising.
Echolink has traditionally been connected to this machine, but with the move, we must reconfigure our connection, so EchoLink will be offline for a short time while we work through this, setting up a new RF node.
Our frequency did not change. You can still find the repeater on 442.850+110.9, and it is open for anyone to use. The HEB area is showing to be completely covered, but a bit more testing to locate any dead spots or problem areas still needs to be done.
We are thankful to the City of Hurst for allowing us to repurpose a former public service antenna and other repeater equipment to make this happen. We hope to hear you on the air.
As we continuously work to consolidate the W5HRC “brand” within the club, little things come together every so often. Recently the W5HRC callsign was validated with Echolink successfully, and so our current 442.850 machine’s Echolink callsign has been changed to W5HRC-R.
Thank you Steve, KM5HT for allowing us to use your callsign as our Echolink callsign for years.
You can find more information about our repeaters and Echolink on our Club Info and Repeaters page.
We have known for a while now that we should expect to have our main repeater taken offline for water tower maintenance. The time has now come. We were informed recently that work would start on December 23rd with dismantling our antennas and coax on the TCC water tower. This date has been pushed up one week.
We expected to shift everything to our backup repeater on Saturday December 17, but the City has signed, sealed, and delivered the work orders and the work officially starts December 16th. VP David, KD5YDU, and President Chris, KD5HIY, have taken the main repeater offline and shifted all operations to our backup machine. The main repeater and associated equipment have been removed from the shack for the safety of the equipment during construction. (Accidental falling tools, etc)
What to expect:
- The 2 meter foot print will be temporarily reduced drastically (hoping for one month, but two is not out of the question)
- The [backup] repeater will identify as W5HRC/B
- The repeater should still be able to serve the HEB area as needed, other areas may be on the fringe or non-existent
- The repeater has an extremely short squelch tail (you may not think you are even making it. (We will tweak it over time))
- Tone is the same at 110.9 Hz input and output.
- The backup repeater is a Fusion repeater, so:
- Input can be either digital or FM
- Output will always be FM regardless of input
We are excited about the renovations to the water tower and getting our equipment back online. We have plans for our repeaters next year, and many other good things happening.
Information on our repeaters can be requested by emailing: