The Dames Point main receiver requires users to transmit a 127.3 Hertz CTCSS tone and W4IZ's transmitter adds a similar tone to outgoing signals. Operators using a 127.3 Hz tone only access the Dames Point receiver.
To use the downtown receiver instead, transmit a 103.5 Hertz CTCSS tone (tone encode). Remember that the repeater transmitter will continue to use 127.3 Hz. If your receiver uses tone decode squelch, program it to accept 127.3 during receive--not 103.5 Hz. when using downtown. Or turn receive tone decode off.
HINT: Program a separate memory slot for 146.1 MHz plus 103.5 Hz CTCSS during transmit and 146.7 MHz plus 127.3 Hz. CTCSS during receive to use the downtown receiver.
**Traffic on 146.7 or 444.4 (Analog Mode) will be transmitted on both repeaters. Digital Mode traffic on 444.400 DOES NOT retransmit on 146.7
**The Friday night nets on Echo Link CANNOT be accessed on 444.4, however these can be received on 444.4
Duval ARES Net---------------Weds. 7:30PM
Worldwide Net (Via Echolink)--Friday 8PM
Here are a dozen of the better suggestions:
(1) Don't tailgate. Leave a two or three-second pause often to allow others to announce their presence. Some repeaters have a roger beep to facilitate proper pauses. We have omitted the beep tone on W4IZ to reduce aural clutter.
(2) Somewhat related to (1), don't needlessly break in to ongoing conversations. If you wish to contact another operator by making a short call or have something to add to a conversation, just announce your call during a pause.
(3) Don't be a repeater roadhog. Avoid harangues and diatribes, especially on topics not related to Amateur Radio and electronics. Move to a simplex frequency or tune in AM radio broadcast talk shows. Some welcome phone calls from listeners. Assist them in filling airtime.
(4) Don't hijack conversations. Hijacking is just as annoying on a repeater as it is on an internet discussion site or in-person. A and B are talking...then C and D break in. C passes to D--probably changing the conversation subject. Then back to C....to D, etc. C and D are very poor and inconsiderate operators. a.k.a LIDS A and B are shut out.
Instead, rotate opportunities to speak. Each operator should remember the operator before them and the following one to stay in proper rotation.
(5) When possible, use adequate transmitter output power and antenna to communicate. If in doubt, keep your transmissions short.
(6) Other than brief comments about signal quality, don't harp on signal defects and operating procedures of other hams. Call them on the telephone or move to simplex.
(7) No verbal bullying, insults or personal attacks.
(8) Remember that other operators have different preferences than what you might consider to be the raison d'etre for W4IZ/R. 146.7 and 444.4 are on the air to serve everyone.
(9) Remember that W4IZ/R has a large audience including non-hams and possible future licensees. What you say reflects on all NOFARS members and area hams. Present a positive image. If you can't, take your gripes to simplex.
(10) Don't sound like an old broken vinyl record...saying the same thing over and over. It's the hallmark of a broken operator.
(11) Public service communications including ARES and Skywarn take priority on W4IZ/R....especially when operators are organizing to deploy or have deployed.
(12) Don't recognize jammers or unidentified transmissions. See the bottom of the W4IZ repeater page for procedures to deal with such problems.
EchoLink is a web-linking, internet-assisted technology that allows analog amateur stations to be connected together, over short and long distances.
There is an application that can be downloaded onto your smart phone to connect you back to the repeater when you are out of range or do not want to carry an HT.
The W4IZ repeater connects to the Friday Night Tech Net hosted by VK6BQQ Reg, in Jandakot, Western Australia. Check-ins come from around the world, including Jacksonville.
EchoLink can link neighboring counties in Florida and Georgia that are out of standalone W4IZ repeater range, an important capability for hurricane season.
Henry, WB4LEQ writes many local repeater users have found EchoLink a convenient way to use their smart phone to stay in contact with the repeater. They always have their phone with them and typically, phones work well inside buildings.
It should be noted that your existing analog 2-meter rig is all you need and if you have a smart phone, you can download an app from the internet.
For more information about EchoLink, see Echolink.org
THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE! Low tar and more taste. So said L&M cigarette commercials wayback. With only slight exaggeration, that slogan also applies to NOFARS W4IZ repeater.....a quality wide-coverage system at no cost to the club treasury. The late 1990s was a time of major change in Jax ham radio. Opposition to NOFARS getting into the "repeater business" was strong. Some members were leery of NOFARS meetings turning into bickerfests and others objected to perceived competition to other local groups. The almost inevitable increase in $5 dues required to install and maintain a quality system concerned many. Through dedication and determination, a dozen or so hams, known as Friends of NOFARS, tuned out the noise and put W4IZ/R on the air. They established semi-annual gatherings to raise money to support the repeater(s). Our gatherings were slightly ahead of their time (another old TV commercial tag line), They were among the first Florida hamfests offering FREE admission and tailgating. Thanks to two excellent sites, Jax Raceways and Terry Parker Baptist Church, every one has turned a surplus for repeater funding and provided an enjoyable Saturday morning--34 of them so far with only one bad weather postponement.
The downtown Greater Jacksonville Hamfest was becoming a dinosaur in the late 1990s as a nationwide trend of declining attendance and exhibitor participation reached a critical stage. Some scoffed at our shorter and smaller gatherings.
Yes, shorter, smaller and SUSTAINABLE.
When you hear interference:
(1) Switch to the repeater input frequency and note strength of the interfering signal. Even a handheld unit is valuable for this purpose.
(2) If you have a rotatable beam, determine the direction of maximum signal strength on the input frequency.
(3) Send a report by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org noting direction of signal peak and/or strength. Use terms like " no signal...weak signal ....moderate signal....strong signal.....full-scale signal" etc. Reports of "no signal" are valuable to help tracking down interference. Note any background sounds or unique audio/signal characteristics.
(4) If interference continues for sufficient time, go mobile on the I-295 loop around Jacksonville and note where signal peaks occur on the input frequency.
(5) If the signal on the repeater input frequency is very strong, disconnect your antenna and note if the signal is still heard. If so, the source is within a few blocks.
As reports from users in various parts of the coverage area increase, the likelihood of locating the source also increases. Other than a request for call sign, do not communicate with or acknowledge any transmissions made by unidentified or unlicensed operators. Do not discuss jammers or jamming on the air and do not acknowledge jammers in any manner. FCC Part 97.205 (e) states "limiting the use to only certain user stations is permissible.
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