new Link-Comm RLC-2 controller is now installed on the hill. The
RLC-2 controller is currently only connected to the UHF repeater
while undergoing a burning in and grooming process. It will take
our volunteers some time to get it running completely up to speed.
Enthusiasm is high amongst the Ops group that is working on it.
We are having fun. Time consuming but fun. The good news is that
we have the summer ahead of us to install the rest of the hardware
and tweek it! This is a major upgrade and many of our changes will
provide easier fixing of problems that arise. We can do it remotely.
With our older controllers it would require a trip to the hill and
could not be done right away.
both WW7RA repeaters will have identical features. Some of these
Digipeater and Microphone Encoder for APRS operations.
WW7RA full blown weather station with barometer and humidity detector
weather station on voice with automatic noon weather report daily
and weather information on demand.
autopatch with some new enhancements. Public Mailboxes for the
Membership. Private Mailboxes for the Membership.
announcements that will give users more useful information, i.e.
location of repeaters, special announcements...
to auto patch numbers, announcements and other services can be done
remotely and quickly by a Control Operator via UHF link, directly
via the repeater input frequency or telephone line. Our repeaters
use a hollow air filled coax that requires a constant dry 1# air
pressure over atmosphere. We have installed a dessicant pump that
filters air and maintains this pressure. The ability of the Control
Operators to monitor this pump is another feature of our new controller
system. We will list items as they become operational. Some may
be invisible to the user as these features will be for remotely
operating the controller system.