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I've been complained to recently from people that they wanted the entire story to be told here.
Well...Here is a brief summary:
The 146.895 was originally commissioned by a group of 5 hams from the KY and WV areas. Henry Clark, KC4KZT --
Mike Casebolt, N4QIB -- John Blackburn, WR8D -- Bruce Rosen, KM4QY -- Larry Rosen, WR8M. The original
repeater was destroyed by lightning. The original repeater was a Spectrum, ACC RC-96 with an FC-900
interface. After the original repeater was destroyed, it seemed as though the 146.895 was going to come
to an end. Only a couple seemed interested in the time and effort to get it back on the air. Several
thousand dollars later, KC4KZT and N4QIB had the repeater back up and running with all new equipment.
That is where it stands today. None of the original equipment remains.
KC4KZT/R is located in eastern Kentucky. Perched high
atop Flatwoods Mountain near
Pikeville, the "895" covers a wide area. Ground elevation
at the site is 2800 feet, and
the HAAT is well over 1300 feet! Mobiles can work this machine
from as far
as a 100 mile radius.
No, this is NOT an aerial photograph!
This is the view at ground level (2800 feet AMSL) looking northwest from the KC4KZT/R
The 2 peaks in the center of the picture are about 2000 feet AMSL
The hills on the horizon range from 1200 - 1500 feet AMSL.
Valley elevation is between 650 and 800 feet AMSL..
In the lower right corner of the picture is US Route 23, which
is a multi-lane highway running through east Kentucky.
All terrain gets lower as you look in this direction.
You would have to travel all the way to the Rockies to find
a mountain higher in this line of site. This view is available
for 90 degrees either side of center of NW, for a 180 degree coverage.
How many times have you had the opportunity
to look DOWN on a USAF F-15 in flight?
( If you would like to see more views, go to my
panoramic view page
Repeater Technical Information
A more detailed page can be
GE MASTR II POWERED !!!
GE MASTR II mobiles make the best repeaters,
bar NONE !
Repeater is housed in a 10' x 10' explosives magazine --- virtually
Wonder exactly where Dorton, KY is?
Click on small map for large version
GE MASTR II Mobile duplexed for repeater use
Link RLC-2a controller with Doug Hall RBI
440 and 2 meter remote band modules
Wacom WP-641 Bp/Br duplexer
7/8" Andrews heliax
Hustler G7-144 antenna
Astron 70A power supply
Phone patch equipped
Mike Casebolt, N4QIB
234 Red Creek Road
Pikeville, KY 41502
Henry Clark, KC4KZT
6851 State Route 850
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
© Henry Clark II