WC8EMA 146.865 MHz Repeater Change Requires Radio Settings Change (4 April 2017)


In preparation for future WC8EMA repeater use, please review the tone settings in the radios you own.  

The repeater now requires transmitting a 118.8 Hz tone, from your radio, along with your voice, in order for the repeater to retransmit your signal. If your radio does not transmit a 118.8 Hz tone, your signal will not be retransmitted by the repeater. The symptom presented to you will appear as a non-responsive repeater, however, the true problem is that your radio is not transmitting the 118.8 Hz tone. 

In addition, your radio needs to be set to receive tone squelch to recognize the 118.8 Hz tone the repeater will be transmitting during analog FM voice transmission. The tone transmitted by repeater allows your radio to be muted except when the repeater is transmitting analog FM voice to you; i.e., when you are listening. The repeater is transmitting the tone in conjunction with the change made to add digital voice modes to the repeater. When digital voice is transmitted over the repeater, analog FM radios without a tone squelch set, will receive the digital signal as an annoying noise or buzz. If your radio is set to use a 118.8 Hz tone squelch, the digital buzz will not be heard on your muted radio because the repeater does not transmit the the 118.8 Hz tone when the repeater is in digital voice mode.

When your analog radio is tone squelch muted during repeater digital voice transmission, your radio may indicate an "in use" indication such as an LED activity lamp or S-Meter bar graph. The repeater can only transmit in one mode at a time; analog FM or digital voice. Wait for digital voice transmissions to break, them make your analog FM transmission.  Analog FM users will hear your transmission. The digital voice users can also receive analog FM. If the digital voice users respond to your analog FM transmission, their radios will transmit analog FM voice and you will be able to communicate with them.

The arrows in the image below represent the 118.8 Hz tone transmitted from a radio to the repeater and the 118.8 tone transmitted from the repeater to a radio.







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The Warren County Amateur Radio Association is a registered non-profit organization made up of Ham Radio operators from the area of Warren County, Ohio. 

Warren County Amateur Radio Association (WCARA) is an organization consisting of members of amateur radio operators with licenses granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) governed by U.S. Code Title 47, including Part 97 as quoted below:
 
§ 97.1 Basis and purpose.
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(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication
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