Following the installation of the new lead-carbon batteries on the RNH repeater, by Phil VE7BPH and Peter VE7RZZ on September 30th, the controller began beaconing a ‘Battery Alert’ alarm whenever it transmitted. It wasn’t possible to access the repeater and turn off the alarms using DTMF tones despite attempts by Phil VE7BPH and Robin VE7HMN. It appeared that it would be necessary to reload the repeater’s programming code, so a site visit was arranged for Friday, October 6th.
The VE7RNH repeater is back on the air today courtesy of Mike VE7LOG, Ryan and Dave who sledded up to the repeater and cleared the heavy accumulation of snow on the solar panels. Thankfully, after an hour of charging the repeater radios and controller came back to life. The Voltage this evening reads 11.8 Volts and should continue to climb as we get sun in the next couple of days. Thanks Dave, Ryan and Mike! Photos below …
Photos by Al Neufeld, VE7AN.
On Saturday, VA7TMK, newly-minted SARC club president, as of the AGM two evenings prior, and his band of intrepid snowmobile support keeners, made their way up to the club’s hub repeater VE7RNH at 5500 feet on Granite Peak in the Fly Hills for a much-needed servicing.
A Red Class 3a 5mW laser was pulse width modulated at 18kHz and aimed from a 3″ PVC pipe cello taped to a camera mount.
On January 11, 2015, the components of the VE7RNH repeater after having been checked and tested by Robin VE7HMN at his Mount Ida QTH, were transported to a new location where they will stay until Granite Peak in the Fly Hills becomes weather-accessible in the spring and summer for relocation to the repeater shack at 5500 feet.
Click the link below to see the photos I took when Peter, VE7RZZ and I visited the RNH site after the vandalism that occurred sometime between July 3rd and July 6th, 2014. NOTE: YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN TO SEE THE PHOTOS.
Patrick, VE7FAT has assembled and programmed some surplus Vella Radio equipment as a temporary replacement of the VE7RNH repeater and installed it at the Granite Peak site on Wednesday, July 16th. It has a bit of a de-sensing problem due to operating without a duplexer (it has a separate receiving antenna from the RNH collinear that is being used as the transmitting antenna).
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