Currently the PCRA supports four repeaters in Pitt County.
145.350 CTCSS 131.8 Digital ID-Up Open Down Open Mixed Mode
We are please to announce the 145.350 repeater has been upgraded to a new Yeasu DR-2X repeater running 50 watts. This new repeater is set to AMS mode with will allow older analog radios or the new C4FM Yeasu digital radios to use it. We have also implemented Wires-X connectivity to the repeater which allows you to connect to others around the world. The Wires-X room number 68425 EASTERN-NC is being hosted by the PCRA and is linked to Brandmeister TG 31373 (Eastern NC), Echolink (585852), and AllStar (52394). These are only available to digital users. Analog users remain local on the repeater.
Our system uses three antennas, one for receive and two for transmit. Two cans are tuned for 144.75 and one for 145.350. Another two are tuned for 147.690 and one for 147.090. This way we could save money and space and still get the results we needed. Credit goes to Danny Hampton K4ITL for this setup.
147.090 CTCSS 131.8 Analog Only
The 09 machine is a Kenwood TKR 750 50 watt repeater which as been turned back to 25 watts to allow for full duty cycle. The repeater is linked to The Columbia Emergency Repeater Association.
The repeater also offers Echo Link node 73724 WD4JQP for VOIP linking.
444.625 CC 1 DMR Only
Currently this pair is being used by the NC4EC group as a DMR repeater.
444.800 CC 1 DMR Only
This repeater is part of the NCPRN network.
The original 444.800MHz repeater was built by Macon Dail, WB4PMQ and Gary Ambert, AI4J in 1983. It resided at the top of Tyler Dorm on the ECU campus with the antenna center of radiation at 140′ AGL. It was moved to the WNCT-TV studios in the back of Wayne Ross’ truck in 1994. The original antenna location on the WNCT-TV tower was 250′ AGL. The original antenna on the WNCT-TV tower was a commercial fiber glass type which worked well until it failed due to water migration into the antenna. In order to improve coverage and antenna reliability, a new 8 bay DB products dipole array was purchased and installed in 1999. Its center or radiation is 310′ AGL. The repeater was scratch built from Hamtronics RF modules and incorporates a controller based on a QST article published a few years ago. The power amplifier and duplexer were manufactured by Motorola. The power output of the repeater is approximately 60 watts which includes duplexer and circulator losses. A gasfet preamplifier ahead of the receiver provides excellent sensitivity with high immunity to overload.