146.760 MHz repeater comes to life… Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, Ben Bramlett K7BEN, (our dauntless Technical Committee Chairman) and Justin Ellis, Sr., KK4GPY, President of Jacksonville RANGE Association, Inc. and technical committee member extraordinaire, worked for nine hours at the Twin Towers near I-95 and Golfair on the north side accomplishing much! 146.760 MHz is on the air transmitting with about 160 watts of power to a high gain VHF antenna and is receiving, via remote pickup, 146.160 MHz from our Dames point site.
The Orange Park remote site has yet to be tied into the system through the LDG RVS-8 8 channel voter system which apparently suffered failure of a TL084 quad op amp chip and/or failure of a 3240 dual op amp chip so that it would pass no audio at all for either channel 1 (Dames Point) or channel 2 (Orange Park) through to the CAT-1000 controller board.
Another member of the Technical Committee, Jack Driskell, KB4B, has suggested that the failed chips be replaced by corresponding chips that are used for RVS-8 voter channels 7 and 8 which are not currently in use. As all chips on the RVS-8 PCB are in sockets making the changes will not be too difficult.