The C.L.A.R.A. repeater became a reality in August, 1995. It became evident that we needed to fund our own repeater simply because our ranks had grown from only three ham operators to nearly thirty at that time. It's first location was in Cleveland, Ohio and was the result of an exceptional effort and financial support by many of the amateur operators from the Chagrin Lagoons Yacht Club. Yearly instructional classes in amateur radio were held at the yacht club by C.L.A.R.A , resulting in just over 60 ham operators who discovered the advantages of combining amateur radio and boating. Although the first site afforded us good lake coverage, there were some problem areas. Because of these problems, we moved 443.700 to its present site in Eastlake, Ohio midway through 1996. From this location, we can enjoy coverage on Lake Erie from the island area near Sandusky, Ohio to Erie, Pennsylvania and many ports in Canada.
This repeater has an autopatch option, but with the increased use of cellular phones, it is not used often. It is privately funded and belongs to all of those hams who donated their time and money to make this project a reality. We pay our expenses through the use of fund raisers during the year. Your support during those fund raisers is appreciated but not required.
The 443.700 frequency is not a " Boaters Only" repeater, but is open to any licensed amateur radio operator. Even though its original inception was to promote use to local boaters around the Lake Erie region, we welcome and invite all non-boating hams to use the N8KT repeater.
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