Our VHF repeater on Shinall Mountain, 145.490, (minus offset) is back up to full power–100 watts out! Use a 114.8 PL tone to access this repeater which is linked full-time to the ARLinks System. Our thanks go to the CAUHF Group’s Chief Engineer, N5QLC for getting 145.490 repaired and back on the air, this past September, 2014. The antenna is halfway up KARK’s 1175′ tower, so it has excellent receive capabilities and now, a full 100 watts out. You can hit this repeater–even with a handie-talkie, in most areas of central Arkansas. So, for those of you with VHF-only mobile radios, you can now be just as much a part of the ARLinks System as those with dual band mobiles!
Actually, 145.490 (114.8) is an interesting machine. It’s a repeater but it’s not a repeater. Really, it’s just a VHF input into the 443.200 UHF main system hub. Everything that 443.200 hears from our other linked repeaters is re-transmitted on 145.490. But this odd machine gives us a VHF input (144.890) into this same main system hub. Understand? Well, neither do I. Please give us some reports on how far you were from Shinall, when you talked on 145.490, and don’t forget the 114.8 tone! –Steve, W5NLR