K3LV Cornwall UHF repeater digital voice upgrade
The new C4FM repeater was installed in place of the analog FM repeater at the Cornwall tower in early July. The Wires-X node was also installed and is operational. The node is normally in the Keystone-Wide room, accompanied by about 5 or 6 other nodes which are primarily in the Western part of PA. Looking for a room occupied by other Pennsylvania nodes we found the Keystone-Wide room and they welcomed our connection in an effort to expand to more of Pennsylvania. Other PA nodes are welcome to home in that room as well.
The node is sometimes moved to other rooms for nets or general interest QSO’s, but the node will reconnect to Keystone-Wide after an hour or so without activity. Club members may move the node to other rooms as desired, but, one nice feature of the Wires-X system, you only need to simply transmit in C4FM mode on the repeater frequency, and you will be in whatever room is currently linked. If you move the room, the courteous thing to do before you leave the frequency is to return the node to Keystone-Wide.
So, if you have a C4FM capable Yaesu radio, (check out the FTM-7250, an excellent deal for a dual-band C4FM 50 watt mobile) tune to 447.925 mHz, -5 offset, and jump in.
More information about Wires-X can be found here: