CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS
KC4KZT WEATHER STATION
I've been complained to recently from people that they
wanted the entire story to be told here. Well...Here is a brief
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 2018, according to
records, the 146.895 is the longest-running and oldest coordinated
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%.
is located in eastern Kentucky. Perched high
atop Flatwoods Mountain near
Pikeville, the "895" covers a wide area. Ground
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
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,
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
a mountain higher in this line of site. This
view is available
for 90 degrees either side of center of NW, for a 180
How many times have you had
to look DOWN
on a USAF F-15 in flight?
( If you would like to see
more views, go to my panoramic
Repeater Technical Information
more detailed page can be
GE MASTR II POWERED !!!
GE MASTR II
mobiles make the best repeaters,
bar NONE !
EMERGENCY BACKUP POWER !!!
Repeater is housed in a 10' x 10' explosives
magazine --- virtually
Wonder exactly where Dorton, KY is?
Click on small map for large version
- Repeater Owners
99 Open Door Church Rd
David, KY 41616
© Henry Clark II