Here is the latest on the K5LET D-STAR Repeater. Thanks to Jerry Ritchie (WA5OKO), we now have the repeater tuned and the results are just fantastic! THANK YOU, JERRY! You outdid yourself, once again!
I also want to thank Jim Rogers (N5VGQ), Mark De Paepe (N5YEY), Todd Hoover (N5TJH), and Terry Johnson (KG5WO) for helping me with testing.
It looks like the practical range for vehicular mobiles is:
- North: US-271 & TX-300 in Gilmer
- South: The Star Intersection in Henderson
- West: US-271 & I-20 or about halfway between Kilgore & Tyler on TX-31
- East: US-59 & I-20 or US-80
Of course, if you have a base station with antenna height, you could probably hit it from even further away, assuming no significant drop in elevation. Also, in some locations, particularly toward Marshall, communications from your vehicle may vary due to the many changes in elevation.
Another great thing is that most of Longview should be able to communicate with an HT outdoors (some from inside, depending on the building location/material) or on mobile low power. In fact, Terry Johnson and I, who are located in NE Longview, were talking to each other from inside our houses on HT’s. Mark De Paepe could talk using his handheld in the back yard on low power from NE Kilgore!
While we still have a few minor things to complete at the repeater site, I again want to thank everyone who donated and worked so hard on bringing this project to a successful completion!