Latest update 2-2-2017

So as some have probably heard I was able to make a trip up the hill Wednesday to install our backup repeater.  It has already help guide us in the correct direction in figuring out the receiver problem on the main repeater.  It seems that the duplexer filter system is not doing its job to its full potential.  this is probably because of the cabinet move and not being tested or adjusted for 20+ years.  We figured this out because the back up system is on its own duplexer and antenna system, we are able to change to the backup system when the problem is there.  We did that last night and the noise disappeared instantly when switched to the backup.
The plan of action is to retune the filters and see how far out of adjustment they really are.  If that doesn’t improve the problem we will borrow a different kind of duplexer and install it to see what the result is.  Finding this issue does not rule out that there is possibly a “rouge” station on the hill producing the interference and that no matter how good of filter system we have it will filter the interference out completely.  We are hoping to fix our issue and find the interference at the same time with out having to purchase a new filter system (very expensive).

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Saturday 9/24 Hill trip

Well yesterday’s trip was kinda a bust.  Went up the hill with the intention of installing the cabinet fans but changed that to finishing the control receiver installation.  Ed made the trip up also and helped make the power cable for the receiver.  So after getting it all hooked up and the old one removed from its temporary spot we powered the new one up.  It immediately started flashing a “alarm” light that something was wrong with the receiver.  Noticed the COR light on the controller was on so figured the was configured incorrectly.  Grabbed the laptop and started looking for the Motorola programming cable but couldn’t find it, left it out of the laptop bag when I got a new one that holds both laptops a while ago. So I ended up reconnecting the temporary control receiver and calling it a day.  Chalk it up to a educational trip, can’t win them all.

We did make some new friends while we were up there though.  A gentleman came in the building while we were working and asked if we had some spare hardline jumpers.  Ironically David had donated two large storage totes of hardline jumpers.  Turns out he was with the 440 dmr repeater that is in the building next door in the same cabinet as Brett and Brian’s 440 repeater and hamwan.  So got to see how there system works and they really encouraged me to get a dmr radio and try it out.  They also complimented us on our repeater and its coverage sense they lived up by Seattle and have no problem getting into the repeater.

Looking to try and go up the hill next Saturday if things go good this week getting prepared for the new job.

 

Jeremy  KC7VCG

The repeater informational net

Beginning Sunday October 2nd the repeater informational net will once again become active. Please check in. The more the merrier! The net will begin at 8:00 PM on the repeater frequency 145.47 mhz negative offset, 100 hz tone. See you on the 2nd!

New address for the Repeater group

Repeater address now is:

Capitol Peak Repeater
P.O. Box 2755
Olympia, WA 98507