CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS
Local NWS Office
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 coordinated in 1992 by KC4KZT with the help 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.
After a while, myself and Chris Deskins, KD4RTR installed a 442.150 machine at the site, and both repeaters
were connected to a Link Comm RLC-2A Repeater Controller. This is a top of the line controller. It
allows for each repeater to operate independently of each other, yet with a simple code, they can
be tied together to allow for those times when communications is needed between 2-meter and 70cm.
As of 2013, according to records, the 146.895 is the longest-running and oldest coordinated 2-meter repeater
in the Eastern Kentucky area, that has been at the same location and been coordinated entirely by
the same trustee. Many have used this machine due to its wide-area-coverage. That's not to say that
the machine has not had its share of problems. Weather conditions at the site, lightning strikes,
and a severe service drop issue (neutral broke into - putting 220vac through everything) has
made the upkeep of the "895" difficult at best. It's not cheap nor easy when all expenses are incurred by
just a couple of people that have families, work daily for a living, and have unexpected problems
that occur naturally in everyday life. Recently, help was offered by a couple of generous Ham Operators
that were previous repeater owners, and understood the difficulties that occur at times. The machine is
now back up and running, and only minor tweaking and tuning remains to bring the machine back to 100%.
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-2 Controller - One port for 146.895, One Port for 442.150
GE Phoenix SX UHF Link Radio
Wacom WP-641 Bp/Br duplexer
7/8" Andrews heliax
Hustler G7-144 antenna
Astron 70A power supply
Linked to the Kentucky District 9 Repeater System
Repeater Owners, Sponsors, Trustees
Henry Clark II, KC4KZT
605 N Lake Dr Apt 201
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Allen Epling, WB4WAU
P.O. Box 182
Robinson Creek, KY 41560
© Henry Clark II