BRAARC Supported Repeaters

146.740 MHz – offset

The 2 meter repeater is located in NE Newaygo County. It transmits on 146.74 with a – offset. The BRAARC repeater shares a tower with WDEE and the Independent Repeater Associations own 2 meter repeater. The IRA repeater is part of the link system and operates on 145.29 MHz.

The repeater uses a DB224 4 bay Dipole Array antenna at 180 feet for receiving and a Hustler G7 antenna at 120 feet for transmitting. The system uses a CAT1000 controller and Yeasu DR-1 in FM mode: 20 watts. The former MICOR Transmitter/Receiver was retired in 2016. The repeater has auto patch capabilities and additional functions are available in the Repeater Operations guide.

The effective range is 30 miles but conditions may allow for longer transmitting distances.

443.900 MHz + offset

The 440 repeater is located on top of Cramer Hall on the campus of Ferris State University. It transmits on 443.9 MHz with a +5 offset.

The repeater uses a Hustler Spirit, Fixed Station antenna by New-Tronics Ltd. mounted 110 feet above ground. This repeater is controlled by a CAT1000 controller. The RF section is a Yeasu DR-1 in FM mode: 20 watts. The former Motorola Radius GM300 radios were retired in place in 2016. The repeater has auto patch capabilities and additional functions are available in the Repeater Operations guide.

The range of the repeater is 25 miles.

Echolink 389477 – 443.900 MHz + offset

The Echolink (www.echolink.org) linking system is available on the 440 repeater.  You are able to connect to remote nodes around the world and they are able to connect to the 440 repeater.  Node Number: 389477 or K8FSU-R

The on air commands are as follows:
Connect:
DTMF C then the node number. (four to six digits)
Disconnect:
DTMF #                Disconnect All: ##.
Link Down:
A123                Link Up: B123

52.860 MHz – Offset

The 6 meter repeater is on the air and transmits on 52.860 MHz with a -.5 offset.  The repeater is being relocated at this time.  Stand-by for more information about this repeater and it’s new location.  Donations are being accepted for the installation of a Peet Brothers Ultimeter Weather Station.

This Repeater uses a GE Executive II Tranceiver and a CAT200B Repeater Controller.

DTMF Keypad Test
Key-up, and enter [375], the DTMF keypad access code followed by the keypad numbers and letters to be tested.  The entries can be in any order.  Un-key, and the voice will read-back all numbers and letters that were decoded including  the “star” and “pound”.

Communication Nets

  • 70cm / 440 Net – Every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM
  • 2 Meter – Every Tuesday evening at 9:00 PM

Operating Resources