BeachNet Repeater System

BeachNet Repeater System

Pacific, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Thurston & Wahkiakum Counties, Washington

145.170 |  145.310 |  145.390 |  147.020 |  147.180 |  147.340 |  224.040 |  224.820 |  440.675 |  441.675 |  442.675 |  444.050 |  444.200 |  444.300 |  444.400 |  444.500 |  444.700 |  444.800 |  444.925 |  444.950



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North Cove

Pacific County, WA
46.734566, -124.047403
550 Feet
Call: NM7R

444.400  +5MHz   118.8Hz

North Cove UHF Repeater

The North Cove UHF
repeater was refurbished
with minor improvements,
August 2015 upgrading the
antenna, feedline, chassis,
RF deck and linking radio.

Location: The North Cove site is on the ocean bluff, overlooking North Cove, WA, near Tokeland/Grayland, WA, above "Washaway Beach" on the north side of the mouth of Willapa Bay. The tower is visible on the headlands driving south-east bound on Highway 105, after making the turn to the east, about 3 or 4 miles west of the Tokeland turnoff. This web-page covers the UHF repeater installation at this site. For information regarding the VHF repeater that shares this site, please follow this link.

Coverage: The North Cove 70-centimeter repeater can be easily accessed north along State Route 105 to Westport, WA, and south along the ocean side of the Long Beach Peninsula, especially the beach area. Looking due south from the repeater site, the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula is only six miles away, with the repeater looking down the ocean beach. The Surfside community is only 12 to 14 miles away. The coverage to the east overlaps with that from the 442.675 South Bend, and 440.675 Naselle repeaters. The North Cove UHF repeater can be particularly useful while driving along Highway 101 on the eastern shore of Willapa Bay. The over-water path to most of Highway 101, from South Bend (Milepost 53) to the Nemah area (Milepost 33) provides good coverage most of the way.

It is suggested that when south of Milepost 34 (the so called "Nemah" area), where the highway dives into the woods, the user switch to the Naselle 440.675 repeater, which provides excellent coverage in this area, and is usable from the Bay Center turnoff (Milepost 40), south along Highway 101 to the Highway 4 junction at "Johnson's Landing", and for several miles east or west from there. If following Highway 101 on south, once out of range of the Naselle 440.675 repeater, the next UHF repeater to the south to look for is the 444.800, Long Beach repeater.

Linking: The 70-centimeter repeater may be linked to
BeachNet, but often is operated either stand-alone or linked to the IRLP net, as a local option. If you find the repeater is not serving your needs due to this, please look for BeachNet, on one of the other repeaters mentioned above. There is generous overlap between the coverage of our various repeaters, so having one unavailable should not be a problem.

When the 444.400 MHz North Cove repeater is linked to the IRLP Net, an independent Internet-linked system, one will usually hear out-of-area stations conversing. You are free to join the conversation. If you are traveling on Highway 101, between Milepost 55 (in the South Bend area), and Milepost 22 (the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters) you may hear this out-of-area conversation in progress on the 444.400 MHz North Cove repeater. Once south of Milepost 22, or after turning onto Highway 4, switching to the Megler IRLP 444.925 (82.5 PL) repeater will let you continue your conversation (or monitoring) south into Oregon to well south of Seaside. IRLP is an exciting way of bringing the flexibility of the internet to repeater linking, allowing repeaters from all over the world to be networked together. More information here.

Hardware: The UHF station originally used a duplex converted GE Mastr-II mobile. There once were several of these in the
BeachNet system, but over time they have all been replaced with station chassis units, which have superior performance in a number of ways. The UHF repeater runs 40-watts to a Motorola four-cavity bandpass type duplexer, sharing the feedline and dual-band antenna with the VHF station through a diplexer. The Arcom RC-210 controller, mounted inside the repeater chassis, manages the UHF repeater and GE-Rangr link radio, which uses a multi-element UHF Yagi mounted low on the tower. The basic controls for this link transceiver are mounted on a custom control card in the Mastr-II station's card cage. Other than the shared antenna and feedline, the two repeaters operate independently with separate power supplies, controllers and link systems.

History: The North Cove UHF machine was added to the station in 2002 to provide a "local option" for the ARES emergency response volunteers in this sparsely-populated and rather remote community. While
BeachNet provides a versatile tool for managing a county-wide or region-wide emergency, there is still the need for a local repeater to provide communications beyond simplex range. The control codes and Control Operator authority is shared locally, so that this tool can be as flexible as needed, when needed.


145.170 |  145.310 |  145.390 |  147.020 |  147.180 |  147.340 |  224.040 |  224.820 |  440.675 |  441.675 |  442.675 |  444.050 |  444.200 |  444.300 |  444.400 |  444.500 |  444.700 |  444.800 |  444.925 |  444.950

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