End of an era.  146.700

     Well folks it’s the end of an era.  146.700 will no longer be a viable repeater due to Crown Castle wanting to charge $3500.00 dollars to reestablish the repeater at another location.  It pains me greatly to end the milestone.  146.700 was the very first repeater as a club we placed into service.  It started its life on the Cross City water tower and moved to the now burned site over 30 years ago.  It has a significant history and I’ll always be proud of what we accomplished.

Scott Grant, Gary Poore, Joe Filipontia, Bill Pyle and myself we started it all.  This was our first project.  I reflect on the,process it was an adventure by a group of guys that had fun.  The radio was a big challenge quite frankly it was pretty much junk.  But we made it work.  The original controller was a 1088 that had to be programmed with a binary programmer.  Odly  enough I disposed of the programmer just a few weeks ago.  We acquired a GE master Exec. Mobile and I modified it and installed a NHRC talking controller.  The controller cost an amazing 60 dollars.  I was so impress that I put one on the 146.390 radio.  I still have the original!  It too was a GE Master Exec.

I am pretty emotional right now as it seems that I am using a best friend.  I wonder what Bill and Scott are thinking.  Joe and Glenda werevinstrumental in everything we did.  He and Glenda donated more to this club than we could ever hope to repay them for.  Gary Poore, not much can be said about Gary.  I was so amused at how our path had crossed so many times before.  For those of you who may not know Gary worked for tv repair shop in Cross City.  He was one of the most entertaining members of the klub.  His writing skills were beyond compare.

Well I degress, I just wanted to update those that might want to know.  It’s probably going to take me a couple of days to surrender the frequencies.  But we had a good run! Thanks you for allowing me to vent!


Mike, KB4MS