Pacific County, WA
444.800 +5MHz 118.8Hz
Long Beach UHF Repeater
Location: The Long Beach repeater is located at the
Pacific County Shops on
2nd Street North in Long Beach, WA. This is two blocks north and three
blocks east of the Bolstad
stoplight. The repeater is housed in the Telecommunications building,
and the antennas are on the 140-foot tower.
Coverage: The Long Beach repeater provides good access for
users in the south Peninsula area, including Long Beach, Ilwaco and
Chinook. It provides hand held coverage in the city, and mobile
coverage within the southern two-thirds of the Peninsula. The remote base
can be used to connect this repeater to any of several area repeaters,
and is operable from the Pacific County Auxiliary EOC, located
in the South County Administrative
Facility on Sandridge Road, about a mile directly to the east.
The repeater also covers portions of Highway
101, as it curves around Willapa Bay, and covers the southwest portion
of Long Island, a popular recreational destination in the Willapa National
Wildlife Refuge, a notorious area for poor cell phone coverage.
Linking: This station incorporates a frequency agile
remote base, allowing it to establish links on any simplex frequency, or
standard repeater-pair, in the 144-148 /
222-224 or 440-450 MHz Amateur Bands, using FM mode only.
This can be used to link to any of a
number of repeaters in the area. The station is normally linked to the rest of
The repeater consists of a
110-watt continuous duty
station (running 60-watts),
using an ACC RC-85 controller with an
Astron 50-Amp power supply.
The duplexer is a
Sinclair BpBr type feeding a
vertical antenna through 100 feet of LMR-600
coax. The remote base uses an ACC FC-900 interface and Icom
transceivers sharing a dual-band antenna for the 140/220 bands,
and using a yagi pointed east-north-east for the 440 transceiver.
The original station used a converted
GE Mastr-II mobile chassis, rated at 100-watts
intermittent duty, and running 50-watts, with a
pair of fans blowing across the heat sink
at the extreme right below). The
remainder of the station was unchanged
when the radio was upgraded to the present
continuous-duty station-style equipment.