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The club owns and operates two repeater sites. The primary repeater is located approximately 3 miles north of Scottsbluff on 147.075. It offers wide coverage to surrounding counties and into Wyoming. The site is undergoing an extensive renovation project, which includes nearly rebuilding the shack as well as improvements to the repeater. There are plans to place a second repeater at this site, which will be on 220MHz and will offer remote control as well as a link to the 147.075 machine.
Our second site is one that was recently acquired in Banner County, south of Harrisburg, NE. After a brief presentation given to the county commissionerís, a unanimous vote was obtained and the entire site was donated to the amateur radio club. The site includes a 120-foot Rohn 25G tower with three individual runs of 7/8Ē Heliax; two DB-240ís and one DB-220 folded dipole antennas; and the repeater shack itself. The property owner was gracious enough to sign a 25 year lease, which will give the amateur radio community time to show itsí benefits to the area. This site is home to the 147.000 repeater (-.600kc offset) and will saturate all of Banner County and provide coverage into surrounding areas, including portions of Wyoming. We hope to have this repeater linked to the 444.825 repeater located at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE.
Repeaters serving the immediate area
|Frequency||Offset / PL||Location|
|147.075||+.600 kc||3 miles N. of Scottsbluff, wide coverage|
|145.475||-.600 kc||Regional West Medical Center, ARES repeater, wide coverage|
|147.000||+.600 kc||Banner County, wide coverage, future plans to link it to the 444.825 repeater.|
|444.825||+5.00 MHz||Regional West Medical Center, future plans to link it to the 147.000 repeater.|
|444.125||+5.00 MHz||Stage Hill, wide coverage, linked to 147.165 in Albin, Wyoming with future plans of linking to the 145.475 repeater as well as the 146.970 repeater in Sidney, Nebraska.|
The 444.125 repeater is owned by the Scotts Bluff County Emergency Management Agency and is maintained by the local hams. This repeater is located approximately 10 miles south of Scottsbluff at an elevation of 4700 feet. It provides extreme wide coverage and is a "central link hub" to a variety of other repeaters. The primary purpose of this site was to establish a vital link to Cheyenne, WY, allowing area hams to communicate directly with the National Weather Service during Severe Weather. The UHF repeater is linked to the 147.165 repeater located in Albin, Wyoming, which in turn is linked to the 147.105 repeater in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The completion of this important link provided complete saturation of Kimball, Banner, and Scottsbluff counties in Nebraska with partial coverage in Morrill, Box Butte, and Cheyenne counties plus Goshen and Laramie counties in Wyoming. The repeater will also be linked to the 145.475 repeater, which provides superb handheld coverage in Scottsbluff - Gering. Through a partnership with the hams in Sidney, there are plans to link the 146.970 repeater located in Sidney, Nebraska to this UHF repeater. For technical information on this system, contact Sherry Blaha, Director of Emergency Management at (308) 436-6689 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.