|Welcome to the home of Red Oak Amateur Repeater 146.655-
Red Oak, Iowa,The Heartland of America.
| It is Christmas Day of 1991 when the "new" 146.655 machine was first tested on the air. It did not last long as the transistor finals in the radio that was being used were burned up. A misaligned antenna system took the transmitter out of commission.
The system was originally built out of a Regency MX3000 scanner and a Relm business band transceiver. The scanner had to be wrapped in tin foil to keep noise out and the transmitter had to have the cover off to keep it cool. Not a real professional looking system to say the least. But it worked.
The repeater's first home was my parents business on the north side of Red Oak in a metal shed. No climate control and mice, but the rent was free and was pretty secure for the most part. It was not the best location for getting a signal out. Red Oak is kind of in a basin type area, so it is hard to get a signal out.
In mid 1992 the Red Oak City council agreed to allow the repeater to go on the water tower. Thanks to Drue Powers, we finally had a spot that would help us get that signal.
After receiving donated heliax from Russ (KG0BK), an Aerotron base station repeater from Don (N0HCV), and all the other stuff, we got the machine up and running.
It was discovered shortly after the installation that we were causing interference problems for the Sheriffs Dept. As a result it all came down. Over the next 8 years, the machine has been in various locations in around Red Oak. Some locations were good, some were not. Most of the moves came as a result of property owners moving, dying, or some security reason that made it too easy to tamper with the equipment.
Pat-N0NHB - Control operator
| As of the present time, the repeater is transmitting a "PL" tone of 146.2 and is currently requiring the same tone to access it. It is always open for use .
Well,we're losing our web page here at the end of October.There are no plans at this time to build anymore pages.You can listen live to the repeater at radio reference dot com.Thanks.
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