The Repeater Log

Significant events and milestones regarding the repeater. Written by Ron Patterson W6FM.

January 7, 2006 > The information announcement is no longer transmitted at the top of the hour. Now it is played by the controller along with the station identification on a rotating basis. That should make the repeater easier to listen to for most users.

July 9, 2004 > Today the repeater owner, Rich Helzer, WB6GVO has declared that the Williams Hill voter receiver is history. The receiver has been out of service for over a year and a half and there has been no interest expressed by anyone to ever put it back up.

January 9, 2004 > The transmit PL had to be turned off today because of continuing interference problems. This time it appears to be from a paging system. This is a new problem that has just started up recently.

January 1, 2004 > Now that the Union Pacific Railroad interference is gone, the repeater's transmit CTCSS (PL) tone was turned on today. The transmit CTCSS (PL) tone is the same as the receive tone of 127.3 Hz.

November 11, 2003 > The Official Web Page of the WB6GVO system was declared operational today. Even though it is a long way from completion, I have decided that there is enough useful information on the site to make it operational. The web page is designed for best display at 800 x 600 pixel resolution, however other settings will work fine.

November 8, 2003 > There have not been any real issues with the system in quite some time. The radio has been running for about a year now without any significant maintenance issues. The latest happening to report is the creation of this web site. Hopefully it will be a continuous work in progress for a long time to come. Since I have never done a web page before, this is a major learning experience for me.

November 20, 2002 > The Williams Hill voter receiver has been taken out of service because the building at the site where the voter was located is going to be torn down. The new building is under construction and when it is completed we will be putting the voter back in service. There will be considerable cost involved with the re-installation of the voter in the new building. i.e. It will need a new antenna and will be required to have additional filtering on it's transmitter in the form of a pass cavity and an isolator. Since we must use commercial grade equipment, these items are very expensive. "Ham" grade equipment is not acceptable on this site. The total estimated cost will be around $1000.00.

July 19, 2002 > The IRLP system went on the air at WB6GVO repeater today. This system uses the internet to connect our repeater to a rapidly growing number of repeaters all over the world. At this time the system is growing at an average rate of about one new node per day.

May 4, 2002 > After extensive troubleshooting the main repeater's DB Products DB-638B antenna has been condemned as being defective. It had failed in just a few months time. For that matter, it may have been bad from the beginning. DB Products shipped a new replacement antenna under warranty but it was also defective on arrival. Not good for an antenna that costs $1192.43 by the time it was delivered! I made the decision to abandon the DB Products antenna and change to a Celwave. The new Celwave 1151-2 antenna was installed today and preliminary test results are excellent.

August 11, 2001 > The main repeater antenna has had problems for quite some time. It was replaced with a new DB Products model DB-638B today. Unfortunately the performance is not what I expected. The system has picked up some interference since the new antenna was installed. I will be troubleshooting that problem as time permits.

July 13, 2001 > The WB6GVO repeater system has received it's coordination from NARCC today. The system had to be re-coordinated because of it's ownership change last May.

July 6, 2001 > Today, with the help of Ron Patterson, W6FM, a new voter receiver was installed 42 miles (67 km) north of the Tassajera radio site at Williams Hill near King City, California. This voter receives signals on the repeater's main input frequency and relays the signal down to Tassajera for transmission from the repeater's main transmitter. This voter greatly enhances coverage up the US 101 highway to the north and also greatly improves coverage around the Nacimiento and San Antonio Lake areas.

May 28, 2001 > The former WB6HJW repeater system officially became the WB6GVO repeater system at 12:00 Noon today. Please read "About the repeater" for details.