TYARC Chapters must eventually have at least one repeater that can be linked to the overall TYARC link system. Depending upon the expected use, these repeaters can be built from commercial grade radios like the Motorola GM300 series of VHF and UHF mobile radios. If a chapter decides to go with a new repeater, then the Yaesu DR-1X dual band FM & digital repeater should be seriously considered. Yaesu has been a strong supporter of amateur radio by offering the DR-1X for an unbelieveable $500, but for a limited time only.
TYARC’s first repeater is a Yaesu DR-1X that will be on 441.650/446.150 operated by the Friendswood Chapter. It will be set up to allow both traditional FM and C4FM digital input. Initially, it will transmit only traditional FM, but as more Members get Yaesu’s combination FM and digital radios, we will change the output to transmit the same mode as it received. The Friendswood Chapter will submit a coordination request to the Texas band plan coordinator, the Texas VHF/FM Society, soon asking for a coordinated pair on the 2 meter band. Unfortunately, 2 meter pairs are very hard to get in large metropolitan areas, including the Houston area. The waiting time is in excess of two years, but if we don't submit the request now, we will never get a 2 meter pair. Consideration is being given to setting up a 6 meter repeater, but the lack of commercial 6 meter repeaters makes this a much bigger project. At this point, both a 6 meter and 10 meter repeater are in the pipe dream category, but who knows, it may come to pass someday.
TYARC wants to thank Yaesu for its support of amateur radio clubs. The retail price for the DR-1X repeater is $1799.00, but, as previously noted, for a limited time, Yaesu offered these great repeaters to clubs for only $500 and this included shipping! Yaesu’s program is making it possible for many clubs to upgrade their equipment and it made it possible for TYARC to launch much sooner than was anticipated. Thanks Yaesu!