Grays Harbor County, WA
444.200 +5MHz 118.8Hz
Ocean Shores UHF Repeater
Location: The Ocean Shores repeater is located
about five miles north of Ocean Shores, and a few miles inland,
at the county's Saddle Hill, site. This site is used for 911-Emergency
communications, and has extensive security and surveillance features,
including 24/7 video monitoring. This Amateur UHF repeater is included to
provide an additional layer of communications, when all else
fails. In normal day-to-day operations, this machine provides
convenient routine communications from this remote corner of the county.
Coverage: Although the area is already
served by several repeaters, including the
145.390, Cosmopolis (20 miles),
145.310, North Cove (17 miles), and
444.700, Neilton (30 miles) repeaters,
all of these are fairly distant and near the limit of their coverage.
The Ocean Shores UHF repeater
provides high quality local access to the
The coverage is good over the entire south shore of the harbor,
The north shore coverage is useable as far east as the outskirts of
Hoquiam, where it becomes spotty.
Along the ocean beach, there is good coverage,
as far south
as the Pacific County line, and north well past Copalis Beach.
The town of Ocean Shores is well served. The coverage extends more
than 20 miles seaward, as detailed on the coverage plot to the left.
Hardware: The repeater consists of a
GE Mastr-II 110-watt continuous duty
base station (running 30-watts)
with a CAT 200B controller mounted in a site-supplied open rack and using
a generator backed-up battery power supply.
The duplexer is a 4-cavity Sinclair BpBr feeding a
commercial multi-bay folded-dipole array antenna through 70 feet of LDF4-50
1/2-inch hardline. The remote base uses a GE Rangr 16-channel
UHF transceiver running a few watts, with a 6-element directional Yagi
antenna to provide flexible linking.
A Weather Station is included at the site to provide Wind Speed, Direction,
and Temperature readings on demand, and with the station identification. The Ocean
Shores repeater went on the air January 4, 2013.