The 442.000 repeater with a PL tone of 186.2 will be going live sometime in August 2018 and will be located on top of Cambridge Tower at MLK and Lavaca Streets in Austin, Texas. Elevation 749 feet.
View from the roof of Cambridge Tower home of the 442 repeater
The repeater will be a Bridgecom 40U into a Comet 9DB gain vertical. ERP is just over 100W. Coax will be under 20 feet for very low loss. The goal is to make an excellent coverage FM repeater with expansion capabilities into C4FM, DMR and Dstar. A large back-up battery system will be installed for emergency operations. Initially an AllStar Link will be active to connect to other repeaters and Nodes around the world. A basic AllStar Node configuration will be active which includes Hot Springs, AR. , Beckley W.Va., and Crosley, TX. Coverage into larger parts of the central Texas area will occur with the N5JGX repeater northward and additional Nodes near Bastrop and South of Austin. The system is open to all Amateurs. ETA is late July or August….sooner if nothing is delayed. Bob-AB5N