Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

Repeater Status

This information does not update in real-time, but any known system issues will be posted here when practical.

For APRS digipeater network status, see the Digipeater Status page.

Updated Dec 2 2019 at 9:00 PM by Steve Crow KG4PEQ

System/Component Status Detail
VHF Repeater - Basic Voice Services

Degraded

Maintenance Scheduled

2019-12-02 9:00p:  The W4RAT repeater system will undergo tower work and maintenance of other equipment on Friday, December 6.  Portions of the repeater system will be off the air throughout the day;  we expect the VHF repeater will be down most of Friday.  Additional maintenance will be performed in subsequent days with a schedule to be communicated here.

2019-10-14 8:45p:  The W4RAT VHF analog repeater is back on the air using a split TX/RX antenna arrangement.  Stations in fringe areas may notice a weaker signal from the repeater.  Otherwise the repeater is operating normally.

2019-10-14 3:05p:  The W4RAT VHF analog repeater is back on the air using an experimental split TX/RX antenna arrangement, bypassing the duplexer.  This will cause a change in coverage, but appears to have alleviated the noise.  Additional maintenance is required and this will take place later this evening and tomorrow.  The repeater will be intermittently off air throughout the evening.

2019-10-13 1:30p:  The W4RAT VHF analog repeater is currently out of service.  Please monitor this page for additional updates.

2019-10-09:  The noise issue impacting the W4RAT VHF and UHF analog repeaters remains under investigation.  Users may have marginally better luck with our UHF analog repeater on 442.55 MHz (PL 74.4).  The UHF DMR repeater is not impacted.  Alternative local analog repeaters to consider during this time are the KG4MRA 145.43 repeater (PL 74.4) and the KA4CBB 147.36 repeater in Chesterfield (no PL required).  Additional information will be communicated as it becomes available.

2019-10-08:  The intermittent receive noise which plagued the repeater earlier this year has returned.  Local stations running high power may be able to maintain reliable communication through the repeater.  Others are advised to select a different frequency.  IRLP and autopatch services have been disabled on this repeater until further notice.

VHF Repeater - Autopatch Operating Normally
VHF IRLP

Operating Normally

Node 4424 is available from 7 am to 12 am daily.  Reflector use is not currently permitted.

VHF Primary Antenna and Feedline (680 ft) Operating Normally

In service on the W4RAT VHF analog repeater.

VHF Backup Antenna and Feedline (460 ft) Operating Normally

In service on the W4RAT-1 APRS digipeater.

2019-03-23:  Replacement pending, no ETR.

2019-02-24:  A sweep of the antenna and feedline system on Jun 02 2018 revealed a failure in this antenna resulting in degraded receive and high SWR.  Replacement is planned but no timeline has been set. 

UHF Primary Antenna and Feedline (680 ft) Service
Change

2019-10-11:  Temporarily in service on the W4RAT DMR repeater.

UHF Backup Antenna and Feedline (460 ft) Service
Change
2019-10-11:  Temporarily in service on the W4RAT analog repeater.
UHF DMR Repeater

Operating Normally


Internet Streaming Operating Normally 2019-10-01:  The Internet stream is accessible to Control Operators only.  24/7 recording of all repeater activity continues.
Backup Power Systems (UPS, batteries, generator) Operating Normally  Last UPS runtime test 23 Feb 2019 by KG4PEQ, no issues.
Last battery inspection 23 Feb 2019 by KK4IUH, no issues.


Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society, Inc. (RATS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PO Box 70613, Henrico VA, 23255

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