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CMRG Annual Meeting-Save the Date

CMRG Members and Friends,

Announcing the annual meeting of the Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group, Inc

When: Saturday October 21, 2017
10:00 am to 12 noon

Where: Colorado Springs Police Station
Stetson Hills Substation
4110 Tutt Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Purpose: Election to two members to the Board of Directors
Update the members on the status of the club

More information on the meeting will be sent in a couple of weeks. Please mark your calendar, save the date, and tell a friend (or two). Feel free to publish this notice on other Ham email groups.

73s,

Dave Novotny, WA6IFI
Chairman, Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group, Inc.

Post expires at 08:17 on Thursday October 26th, 2017

Repair work on Cheyenne Mountain

A tower crew will be working on our tower on this Thursday, October 27.
The crew will be installing new antennas for the 147.345 and 146.76
repeaters. Additionally, they will be installing the 1200 MHz DSTAR
antenna and performing other general maintenance work for us. As a result,
the 146.76 and 147.345 repeaters will be out of service on Thursday,
October 27. The outage will be from approximately 10am to 4pm, We hope to
be back on the air earlier than that, but please plan accordingly.

If you have time on Thursday and want to help out with the antenna
installation, please give me a call for details.

Thanks for you patience and I look forward to seeing many of you on
Saturday at the CMRG annual meeting.

Dave Novotny, WA6IFI
Chairman, Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group, Inc

719-439-9077

Post expires at 01:00 on Wednesday November 23rd, 2016

Work Party to Fremont Peak

CMRG Members and Friends,

A work party to install the Automatic Transfer Switch and upgrade the repeater on Fremont Peak outside of Salida has been scheduled.

Date: Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2.

The Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) switches the building power from commercial power to a back up generator in the event of a commercial power outage on the mountain. Having this capability will keep the site and our customers on the air when the power goes out. The repeater upgrade is part of the steps needed to link the Salida repeater on 145.295 with the Cheyenne Mountain Repeater on 147.345 and eventually with Badger Mountain on 147.360.

Come for as many days as you can. If you can only make it one or two, that is fine. The conduit between the buildings has already been installed, but there is still a lot of work to do. Most of the work will be installing conduit inside the buildings and pulling wire. There will be some tower climbing involved as an antenna will be swapped out. If you have experience in electrical work, that will be a plus, but not required.

You will need to provide your own transportation to Salida. The travel time from Colorado Springs to Salida is about 2 hr 15 min. The road from Hwy 50 to the site is on an unimproved dirt road requiring 4 wheel drive and reasonable ground clearance. Work days will be long, but many hands can make the work go quicker. The initial plan is to leave Salida about 8am an return about 7pm.

I plan to drive to Salida Thursday night and stay in a motel Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

If you are interested, please contact me for more details. Feel free to invite other hams and friends.

The weather should be good. Looking forward to

Dave Novotny
Chairman, Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group, Inc
719-439-9077

Post expires at 23:55 on Saturday March 18th, 2017

Updates

Hello Members,

Here is a quick update on what’s been happening this winter with CMRG. The efforts have been centered around getting the D-STAR system back in operation.

On November 6, 2015, Dave, WA6IFI made a trip to the Methodist Mtn site to change IP address on the D-STAR router and to install a rebuilt server. Our ISP had changed their network configuration, forcing us to change the IP address of the router. The installation and router change went well. Rich, N0RAP, was able to remotely access the router and server and made the necessary updates to both units. KD0QPG is now operational. Dave tried to go to the Fremont Peak site, about one mile away, but the road was already snowed closed. This was the last trip to the site for the winter.

On March 9, 2016, Dave, WA6IFI, made a trip to Cheyenne Mtn to re-install the duplexer and cavity filters on the VHF D-STAR repeater, which had been removed for retuning. This repeater has marginally better performance, but still needs some more work to solve the sensitivity problem. Dave also met with Jim, W9KOZ, the site manager for Cheyenne Mountain to review a recent electrical inspection. Several grounding problems were identified in the report which need to be taken care of. Jim also removed the duplexers for the .76 RACES repeater to have them checked at a local RF lab. Plans were also discussed on installing another equipment cabinet to house the 1200 MHz D-STAR equipment.

Quick trips to Cheyenne Mtn were recently made to re-install the .76 duplexers (notable improvement) and to fix the wireless internet downlink, including installing a surge suppressor (noted in the electrical inspection report). Thanks to Jim, W9KOZ and Mike, K0HYT, for their help.

On March 18, 2016, Dave, WA6IFI, made a trip to the Raton Pass site to install a new router on the D-STAR system and to meet with the tech for our ISP on the site. Upon initial inspection, it was found that the UPS in the cabinet had failed which supplied power to the server and router. The UPS was bypassed and a new router installed. The connection to ISP was made and we now have internet connection back to the site. Additional work is needed by the ISP to provide us with the static IP needed for D-STAR connection. Progress is being made.

This summer, we will have several projects to complete. In no particular order, these projects are:
Install 1200 MHz D-STAR equipment on Cheyenne Mountain
Complete the back up generator connection on Fremont Peak
Install the repeater system on Deer Peak
Update the equipment on Raton Pass analog repeaters
Update Deer Peak

Some of these projects will be multi-day work parties. More information will be coming out on these projects.

Thanks for your support.

CMRG Board

Post expires at 18:06 on Monday March 20th, 2017

Salida D-Star KD0QPG off-line

Salida D-Star KD0QPG off-line

Post expires at 09:46 on Tuesday February 16th, 2016

Site trip Friday

I’m planning a LONG day trip to Fremont and Methodist mountains on this Friday to
work on DSTAR, the .295 VHF REPEATER and hopefully work on the generator electrical.
I’ll be leaving Sprinngs about 6:30am and returning likely after 9pm. I have room
for one to ride with me. More can come if you can drive to the site. Call if
interested.

Dave Novotny, WA6IFI

Post expires at 10:00 on Friday November 11th, 2016