In 2014, the club's Lee Hill site, which plays host to 145.460 and 447.975, was sold to another tower company. The CRA had a favorable lease at this site, but it's now up for renewal. The club has not been able to negotiate lease terms that are sustainable, let alone favorable, to the club's membership-supported finances. The new owner wants many hundreds per month -- the club simply can't afford that.
Last night, Dave, WA1JHK, repaired access to the 447.575 IRLP/EchoLink node. There was a programming error in the controller at the repeater site that prevented the DTMF tones from reaching the off-site node. Users can help us fix these issues more quickly by reporting access issues to us at our email address.
[Update 8/9/15] Dave WA1JHK, Willem AC0KQ, and Doug K2AD traveled to the club's Squaw Mountain site on Sunday to replace the power amplifier on the 145.145 repeater. The trip was successful. The repeater is once again operating at full power without intermittents.
[Update: 8/6/2015] A service trip is planned for Sunday to replace the power amplifier.
[Update 7/18/2015] On Saturday, Dave WA1JHK traveled to the club's Conifer repeater site and powered up the link node that did not power back on after a site power failure. Dave also installed a battery backup system to prevent future issues of this type.
[7/5/2015] The link hardware at Conifer is down. It didn't recover from the most recent power event up there. We'll reboot the link hardware as soon as possible. We have also ordered a backup power system to protect this hardware from future power problems.
[Update 6/13/2015] The 147.225 IRLP/Echolink/Autopatch has been repaired. Thanks to Matt KB0KZR for going to the site to resolve the issue with the IRLP node. Note that this does not yet enable the node and autopatch to be used on 145.460 and 145.160. That investigation is continuing.
On Saturday, May 5, Dave, WA1JHK, and Willem, AC0KQ traveled to the club's Conifer repeater site. Here's a summary of what we got done.
-- we fixed the problem causing intermittent autopatch access on 147.225. It's still not working from 145.160 and 145.460 -- that problem is still be investigated.
-- we removed the broken 224.980 repeater hardware to prepare for the installation of the new 224.980 repeater hardware.
[Update 4/11/2015] On Saturday April 11th, Willem AC0KQ led a team (see photo below) of Dave KD8BQN, Andy K0MGX, and Patrick W4PSS hiking up to the Squaw Mountain repeater site loaded with a replacement power amp, test equipment and tools to repair the 145.145 repeater. The repair trip was a success. After months of running low power, then extremely low power, 145.145 is once again running at its full power output. Thanks to the team for making this happen!
[Update 4/6/2015] A trip is planned on Saturday 4/11 to repair the power problem on 145.145.
[Update 4/7/2015] The 224.980 repeater was built in 1988 from a new Microcontrol Specialties repeater. Other than its frequency drifting, the hardware has been very reliable. Well, it has finally died. New repeater hardware is being tested to replace it. Installation is planned by the end of May.
[9/3/2014] We have received and confirmed a report that the 224.980 transmitter is not being heard in the Denver area. A Conifer site trip is planned to investigate this further.
[Update: 3/21/2015] Dave travelled to the CRA's Cheyenne Mountain site to repair the link node hardware. The hard drive was replaced and the link was restored.
[Update: 3/16/2015] We have confirmed that the link from 145.160 to 147.225 is down. Parts have been ordered. We expect the repair to be completed by 3/22.
[3/12/2015] We have reports of the link from 145.160 in Colorado Springs to 147.225 in Denver intermittently not being available. Troubleshooting is planned for the weekend of 3/14/2015.