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Author Topic: Cant get through local repeater  (Read 18431 times)
KC1AEQ
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« on: September 23, 2013, 09:48:28 AM »

Hello all,
I'm a relatively new ham, trying to get into the local repeater near me. I know there is little/no activity on the repeater, but its the only one near me and I want to know that my equipment works right. Basically, I have a properly tuned antenna, I have the right offset and tone, and I can hear my signal using an ht on the input freq. But I can't hear anything on the output. i know im reaching the repeater because i can hear the welcome message and courtesy beep. Any ideas what might be going on? Thanks in advance!
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 11:27:02 AM »

If your HT and transmitter are located in close proximity it is quite probable that the transmitter is overloading the HT receiver and blocking reception of the repeater output.
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K6LCS
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2013, 11:17:34 AM »

You have SEVERAL machines and clubs near you!

Bloomfield ARC W1CWA
http://w1cwa.wordpress.com/   

CHIPPENS REPEATER / BRISTOL RADIO CLUB W1DHT
Insurance City Repeater Club
Bristol, CT
K1CRC
http://www.icrcweb.org   

Caribe Dx Association
East Glastonbury, CT

CT Amateur Radio League of Youth (CARLY)
East Hampton, CT
K3KID

Middlesex ARS
Glastonbury, CT
W1EDH
www.w1edh.org   

Manchester Radio Club
Manchester, CT
W1KKS

Pioneer Valley Radio Assn
Manchester, CT
W1HDN
http://www.pvra.net   

... and a bunch more. Find out more about these local clubs by attending a meeting or two.
No activity on one repeater? Find others!

Clint K6LCS
http://www.work-sat.com


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Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2013, 04:07:56 PM »

Quote from: KC1AEQ

...But I can't hear anything on the output...



And you won't if, as AA4PB suggests, the radios are too close together.

That's because the transmitting radio overloads the receiving radio.  It can't hear the
transmitting radio because it is on a different frequency, but the strong RF field typically
causes the receiver to become "deaf" to other signals (including the much weaker signal
back from the repeater.)

I notice this when operating mobile if I get within 2 or 3 car lengths of a station that I'm
walking with (usually because we came to a red light - on the open road with longer
spacing between us we can talk through the repeater just fine.)  You might try putting the
second radio across the yard and turning the volume up full - that might be far enough
away to avoid the RF saturation.  Or not...
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KQ6Q
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013, 01:37:30 PM »

You may have a European 'whistle tone' activated, which keeps your PL/CTCSS tones from working. As others have suggested, go to a meeting of a local club, and you'll find folks to help you!
If that hasn't happened yet, let us know what make/model of HT you're working with, and we might be able to help here.
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KX8N
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2013, 04:12:55 AM »

I know there is little/no activity on the repeater,

Which is it, because that's important. It's quite possible that the repeater is NOT operational if you never hear anything on it. If you occasionally hear people on it, or you hear it ID itself, then its definitely something on your end. If you never hear anything, I would ask around to see if it's actually on the air. Another possibility if you never hear anything from it is that it's a D-Star repeater, in which case a normal non-D Star HT won't work with it.
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