Our Tampa GMRS Repeater on 462.575 has been updated with a separate voting receiver on the 467.725 D546 / NAC575 channel. This will run in parallel with the existing 467.575 receiver. Previously the single receiver in the repeater would scan, but this is not as quick as having two receivers. It was also possible that strong on channel interference would cause it to dwell on non-active channels. This would mean the first second of a transmission would be clipped.
We’ve fixed this by adding an additional Astro-Tac receiver which will vote for the strongest signal and use it. As part of this receiver pre-amp was reconfigured and we should expect 6 dB more gain in the receiver path. This should greatly enhance the performance of handhelds using this site.
We encourage all people to use the alternate input if your radio support it.
Both have been repaired and in the case of the NXDN, power has been increased from 17 watts to 36 watts to the antenna. St Pete is a unique site with three repeaters on the same antenna, meaning there is a combiner and duplexer with receiver filter. The down side is losing 4.5 dB on the NXDN frequency and 3.9 dB on the 444.375 P25/Analog repeater frequency.
FSG has been promoting HamWAN and it’s use for connecting parts of Tampa bay over our amateur microwave frequencies. In keeping with this, there’s been a need to connect mutiple remote sites, where there is internet, but outside the coverage area of HamWAN wireless. The soultion to this is a VPN and we’ve come up with a “turnkey” soultion supporting the following:
Cheap (100-200 of equipment)
IPv4 and IPv6 routed subnet
Transparent routing over the underlay network (people shouldn’t be able to tell it’s a VPN)
Traverse NAT, even NAT 4444
Mutiple switch ports with Power Over Ethernet (PoE) as an option
Integrate to the existing HamWAN network, and optionally provide redundancy to wireless
Scale to gig+ speed
Allow others who have their own IP space to announce it via HamWAN Tampa
FSG members will be attending Hamcation 2022 this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb 11-13 at the Central Florida Fairgounds. We’ll be setup outside and have a tent area. We invite everyone to stop by and check it out.
FSG believes in cooperation and assisting other amateurs where we can. In 2019 Richard Pomeroy in cooperation with Pinellas County ACS approached FSG about locating a remote receiver at our St Petersburg location for the WD4SCD 147.030 MHz repeater. After some thought FSG agreed to provide the antenna, radios, interface hardware, computer and Internet link required for this cause. Our first iteration (an AllStar RTCM) didn’t work for WD4SCD, and we ended up with a dedicated windows server running echo-link.
It’s online most of the time, but we do not actively manage it; the WD4SCD repeater admins take care of connecting/disconnecting it. This can be accessed on a 147.030/147.630 with a 100.0 Hz PL tone. Extra Low power on most HT’s from St Pete will be full quieting into this site. As this site is at 380′, it’s one of the highest amateur repeaters in Pinellas County. This is yet another valuable service running over the Tampa Bay HamWAN.
This has been in operation since August 2019, or just about two years at the time of this writing.
The hardware FSG has dedicated to this is simple, only a Motorola CDM radio, commercial gain 148-158 MHz antenna, 1/2″ heliax, a signal link interface and a server PC running Windows.
As it’s that time of year again, we have elections open for the board.
If you’re a member of FSG you may run for any of the positions open:
Regular Board Member
If you want to nominate anyone please do so via email to the secretary of FSG email@example.com
Our members meeting is tentatively scheduled for the 18th of September, but
COVID-19 may change that. As the bylaws require nominations to close out 30 days
prior to the members meeting, this means all nominations must be received by
the 19th of August.