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  1. #1
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    Default Repeaters On Mt. Mitchell (NC) To Be Removed.

    Per owner of several of the repeaters (WA4BVW), all repeaters have to be removed from Mount Mitchell by the end of July. According to Ken, WA4BVW, the Mt. Mitchell 2 meter repeater [145.190-] will have it's 27 year anniversary this June. It is home of the 6600 net on Saturday nights, which has check-ins from NC, SC, TN, Georgia. The repeater has great coverage. When I got my ticket, this was the first repeater I made a contact on with NC4TN. I have not been a ham for very long, but I really enjoyed what time I have had on the repeater, especially the 6600 net.

    Repeaters:
    http://www.wcars.org/repeaters.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by KJ4FVV View Post
    Per owner of several of the repeaters (WA4BVW), all repeaters have to be removed from Mount Mitchell by the end of July. According to Ken, WA4BVW, the Mt. Mitchell 2 meter repeater [145.190-] will have it's 27 year anniversary this June. It is home of the 6600 net on Saturday nights, which has check-ins from NC, SC, TN, Georgia. The repeater has great coverage. When I got my ticket, this was the first repeater I made a contact on with NC4TN. I have not been a ham for very long, but I really enjoyed what time I have had on the repeater, especially the 6600 net.

    Repeaters:
    http://www.wcars.org/repeaters.html

    Any word on the reason? Would be a sad loss. I talked on that repeater just last year and had coverage well into Georgia on I-85.


    Hope it is not some environazi group worried about the effects of RF on the spruce or something.

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    Default Mt. Mitchell (NC) Repeaters...

    I would, also, like to know the reason for their removal. ARES use, and Access to such a Repeater should trump any other reason.

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    What a loss this will be. As far as coverage this repeater is truly one of a kind. Bunch of great folks too.
    73's to all

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    Is there any more news on this. I'm finding this really hard to swallow !
    Terry Ed Yeary
    Technical Specialist ARRL Dist. 9 TN.
    VE W5YI group
    USVHSSC

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    Unhappy bad news

    I have used this repeater several times and enjoyed the hike to the repeater site. What great Coverage. Why is it being moved?....Hal

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    Interesting that the general manager of Blue Ridge Broadcasting who is DEMANDING (with NO reason) the repeaters be removed forgot that Franklin Graham is kinda tied to WMIT which buildings house the repeaters. Last I checked F.G.'s Samaritan's purse is involved in disaster operations. This could turn into a PR nightmare for Blue Ridge Broadcasting.
    Last edited by W4ENC; 06-12-2009 at 01:47 AM.

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    The devil is in the details and we have absolutely none !
    Terry Ed Yeary
    Technical Specialist ARRL Dist. 9 TN.
    VE W5YI group
    USVHSSC

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    Unhappy wa4bvw repeaters

    Quote Originally Posted by KJ4FVV View Post
    Per owner of several of the repeaters (WA4BVW), all repeaters have to be removed from Mount Mitchell by the end of July. According to Ken, WA4BVW, the Mt. Mitchell 2 meter repeater [145.190-] will have it's 27 year anniversary this June. It is home of the 6600 net on Saturday nights, which has check-ins from NC, SC, TN, Georgia. The repeater has great coverage. When I got my ticket, this was the first repeater I made a contact on with NC4TN. I have not been a ham for very long, but I really enjoyed what time I have had on the repeater, especially the 6600 net.

    Repeaters:
    http://www.wcars.org/repeaters.html

    the removal of the repeaters will definetly be a burden to communication in the area,we have vacationed in franklin nc. since 1971 and sorrounding areas and visited N4PQH which went SK in jan. of this year and used the repeater since licensed in 1993,,,what a great coverage link...RIP N4PQH .....KE4GBH

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    Default Save the Mt Mitchell Repeaters

    The General Manager of WMIT has ordered that all amateur equipment be removed from their facility which has housed repeaters per gratis on Clingman's Peak (Nr Mt Mitchell) for 27 years.

    WMIT is owned by Blue Ridge Broadcasting which is part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. We don't know why they have been asked to leave. The high-road answer is that this is probably an uninformed decision.

    But we do know that contacting Dr. Franklin Graham with a straightforward, polite and meaningful mesage regarding the impact this decision will have on the amateur community may help reverse this decision. Dr. Graham is the founder of Samaritan's Purse a disaster relief organization. He should understand the benefit of amateur radio and also be in a position to effect a decision.

    Please contact him via his executive secretary at - rwinkler@samaritan.org and express your concerns.

    Dean Blair ~ k2jb
    Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society President
    k2jb@bellsouth.net

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