The NEVARC hold two repeater licences. The first, currently operational on 2 metres, with a frequency of 146.700Mhz -600khz. There is no tone.
The technical committee started off with a blank piece of dirt and had an operational repeater working off a 10m tower within 2 weeks.
Currently running on low power, the repeater stretches its legs from Nerrandera to Benalla.
There is a licence for 70cm and 6m at the site, however there is no room on tower to put the antennae on and turn them on….
The second of the two repeaters is VK3RWO. It is located on the hills west of Wodonga, with a look into the Albury Wodonga Basin, plus a good look to the North West and into Wangaratta.
It is licenced for 2M and 70CM, with a frequency of 146.975Mhz with a 123Hz tone, and 438.600 with a 7Mhz offset and a 123hz tone. Currently the 2M repeater is on the VKLink network with the node number of 1302.
The RWO repeater is unique in the fact that it has some smarts.
One of the smarts is it phones home using an LPID transmitter and lets us know how its going.
The other smart is it goes to sleep. If nobody uses it after a period of time, it goes to sleep, waking every 3 seconds to check for a transmission, then goes back to sleep.
This will keep the batteries well and truly full, as it sleeps when us and the sun sleeps.
To view the current status of RWO, follow this link: http://vk3rwo.vklink.com.au