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

145.310  -600kHz  118.8Hz

North Cove VHF Repeater

The North Cove VHF
repeater was refurbished
in August 2015, upgrading
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 VHF repeater installation at this site. For information regarding the UHF repeater that shares this site, please follow this link.

Coverage: The North Cove 2-meter 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 beach. The Surfside community is only 12 to 14 miles away. The coverage to the east overlaps with that from the South Bend, Naselle and Megler repeaters. The North Cove repeater can be particularly useful along Highway 101 while driving the eastern shore of Willapa Bay. The over-water path to most of Highway 101, from South Bend (Milepost 53) to the Bear River area (Milepost 20) provides nearly spotless coverage.

The "Nemah Repeater:" One place that might be a little problematic along Hwy 101 is between Milepost 26 and Milepost 34 (the so called "Nemah" area), where the highway dives into the woods and winds through some low hills. To cover this particular area, we have installed a remote receiver at the Naselle site for use with the 145.310 VHF repeater, providing very good coverage in this area, and usable from Bay Center (Milepost 40), south along Highway 101 to the Highway 4 junction at "Johnson's Landing", and for several miles east or west from there. To use this high-altitude receiver, shift your CTCSS (PL) tone from the usual 118.8 Hz to 114.8 Hz and your transmissions will be picked up loud and clear in this area. Please note that the remote receiver only works when the North Cove repeater is linked to the rest of the
BeachNet system. If the Nemah repeater link doesn't seem to work, please discontinue using the 114.8 Hz tone, and shift back to 118.8Hz. Some users install this as a separate memory in their radios, labeled "Nemah", as if it was a separate repeater.

Linking: The 2-meter repeater is normally linked to
BeachNet, and like all of our repeaters, the link can be dropped to make this repeater stand-alone when that is desirable, or an alternative link can be established with one of several other repeaters to provide tailored linking for area-specific activities or to recover from equipment losses in a disaster situation.

Hardware: The VHF repeater consists of a GE Mastr-II station with PLL Exciter, and factory option UHS receiver preamp. The CAT-200B controller is housed inside the repeater chassis, on the control shelf. A custom-built plug-in card interface supports the GE Rangr transceiver, mounted to the top of the repeater chassis, used in conjunction with a tower-mounted multi-element UHF Yagi for system linking. The VHF duplexer is a 4-cavity Sinclair Hybrid-Ring unit, originally used at the historic 146.760 Nicolai repeater in Oregon. Mice had chewed the cable harness, destroying the device, and the Sunset Empire club sold me this unit as surplus. With careful reconstruction of the complex and dimensionally very critical phasing harness, this unit once again performs well. The duplexer is mounted to the ceiling well away from the equipment rack to conserve space in this small building. The VHF repeater runs 40-watts and shares the Diamond X510HDN dual-band antenna (8.3dB VHF/11.7dB UHF) with the UHF repeater using a diplexer. The Amateur antenna is sheltered from the weather inside a Stationmaster radome shell (from a retired commercial antenna), at the 100-foot level on the tower, fed with 120-feet of LDF5-50 7/8-inch hardline.

History: The North Cove VHF machine was the first
BeachNet repeater, installed in 1998, in a cabinet before there was much of any other equipment or infrastructure, in the building. The original unit had been in service as the W7RDR repeater in Ilwaco, purchased new before 1980. That club had switched to a Motorola rig, in the mid-1990's. The GE machine became available and I adopted it, putting it on the air in 1998 from Pacific County's brand new North Cove radio site. In fact the site was so new, my repeater was one of the first pieces of equipment installed there. To start with, this repeater operated on the Western Washington Shared Non-Protected (SNP) frequency pair of 145.290. The SNP pairs are considered test pairs, open to anyone on a not-to-interfere basis. At the time, it was linked to the 146.660 W7FBM repeater in Astoria. Later the frequency was changed to its permanent pair, 145.310. Still later, in the 1998-99 timeframe, the KO Peak UHF repeater/remote base went on the air, and this North Cove repeater was linked to that. In 2010, after more than a decade of continuous faithful service (two decades, if you count the W7RDR chapter) in support of Amateur radio, I replaced that particular unit with a newer duplicate model, and the original was completely refurbished and returned to the Pacific County ARC. That machine is now, once again, the W7RDR 146.860 Ilwaco repeater.


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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