Mt. Mitchell Repeater Reprieve

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  1. K2FO

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    Ken, WA4BVW announced that the Mt. Mitchell ham radio repeaters have been given a one year extension....with the removal date moved up to July 31, 2010. We should all be grateful for the opportunity to continue using them, and A debt of gratitude is owed to the repeater owners , and to the powers that be who gave us the extension. Chris K2FO Taylors, S.C.
  2. N4JEM

    N4JEM Ham Member QRZ Page



  3. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You guys need to use the time wisely. Get together a plan of action to establish your own site, or improve the existing contract.

  4. W4JWO

    W4JWO Ham Member QRZ Page

    145.19 Repeater on Mt. Mitchell

    Sure hope 145.19 can stay on Mt. Mitchell for many more years to come. Thanks Ken W4BVW, for what you do for ham radio. Jack W4JWO
  5. W4WBP

    W4WBP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm glad to here that the repeater will be left there for another year, and hope that things can be worked out to leave it there for many years to come. It has such a large footprint in the NC, VA, TN, & SC regions that it would be hard to find another location this good. 73, W4WBP
  6. KB9E

    KB9E Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Insanity with Homophones

    While I sit here in my easy chair, I'm intrigued by what I hear about this repeater system. Is there a back story here? Would you care to share it with the rest of us so we can hear about it?

  7. KB0KBJ

    KB0KBJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Full Story

    The Mt. Mitchell 145.190 repeater is not a "system" repeater. It is not tied into any other repeater. It is a standalone repeater that sits atop of the highest mountain east of the Mississppi river at 6600 ft up in western NC thus making it the highest repeater east of the Mississippi. It coverage area is portions of 5 states making it a very usefull repeater in a mountainous area as it can reach into holes no other repeater can.
    Well the owner was notified a while back that his repeater and the others up there (about 5 others) have to be down by some date in July 2009. Thee was no reason given other than the folks who house the repeater figured ham radio wasn't needed and out of date.
    There is a net every friday evening and it usually gets about 70-80 checkins. I have heard as many as 125 people checkin during one net session. It is almost always active and if it isn't I know someone wil coome back to you if you throw your call out. Very often is the owner Ken Wa4BVW. TO Give an idea of the range I have hit this MT Mitchell repeater 40 miles west of Knoxville TN which is 125 miles from it. And during band openings I have heard people checkin from Illinois about 600 miles! west of it. To lose this repeater would be a shame. I hope something can be worked out. Thanks for posting this update Chris. Hope your tv is working again. (I chopped Chris's tv coax digging a tower hole in May. opps. )
    Steve, KB0KBJ, South Dakota
  8. AA1MN

    AA1MN Ham Member QRZ Page

    FRS, GMRS, and CB radio spectrum and email doesn't rely on repeaters ... so why is amateur radio?

  9. WB4AEJ

    WB4AEJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because some folks like to work with technology. And there's nothing wrong with that.

    I like HF, too. But let's not live in the past.


    Fred, WB4AEJ
  10. WR5AW

    WR5AW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Then why would all of public safety radio communications rely on repeaters? I'll leave you to your own devices to figure that one out.
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