Repeaters

The club owns and operates two repeater sites and also operates repeaters at four other sites.

The primary repeater is located approximately 3 miles north of Scottsbluff on 147.075+ (no PL). It offers wide coverage to surrounding counties and into Wyoming. This repeater is linked to a site east of Lake Minatare. There is also the 224.600- (no PL) repeater at this site.

Our second site is one that was recently acquired in Banner County, south of Harrisburg, NE. This repeater is also linked to Lake Minatare. After a brief presentation given to the county commissioner’s, a unanimous vote was obtained and the entire site was donated to the amateur radio club. The site includes a 120-foot Rohn 25G tower with a run of 7/8” Heliax; into a DB-224 and the repeater shack itself. The property owner was gracious enough to sign a 25 year lease, which will give the amateur radio community time to show its’ benefits to the area. This site is home to the 147.000- repeater (103.5 PL) and will saturate all of Banner County and provide coverage into surrounding areas, including portions of Wyoming. There is also an APRS repeater on site operated by N7JJY. This site is powered entirely by Solar Power.

repeater map

Another site is in the Regional West Medical Canter in Scottsbluff. This is where the 444.825+ (PL 100) repeater is located. This repeater is linked to the SkyHub Link System out of Colorado as well as giving good coverage to the Tri-Cities.

The Club also operates a repeater in Alliance at the Box Butte General Hospital on 146.715- (PL 103.5). This repeater is also linked to the Lake Minatare site.

Speaking of Lake Minatare this is where our linking hub resides. It provides inter connectivity with our other 2 meter repeaters and will soon have an APRS repeater, as well.

The 444.125+ (PL 114.8) repeater is owned by the Scotts Bluff County Emergency Management Agency and is maintained by the local hams. This repeater is located approximately 10 miles south of Scottsbluff at an elevation of 4700 feet. It provides extreme wide coverage and is a “central link hub” to a variety of other repeaters. The primary purpose of this site was to establish a vital link to Cheyenne, WY, allowing area hams to communicate directly with the National Weather Service during Severe Weather. The UHF repeater is linked to the 147.165 repeater located in Albin, Wyoming, which in turn is linked to the 147.105 repeater in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The completion of this important link provided complete saturation of Kimball, Banner, and Scottsbluff counties in Nebraska with partial coverage in Morrill, Box Butte, and Cheyenne counties plus Goshen and Laramie counties in Wyoming.