There's a lot going on with VE7SCK at the moment and we'll use this post to keep you up-to-date. First of all, recall that:
Over a year ago, we installed the VE7SCK at the Fire Hall in Roberts Creek
. The antenna was very low so the coverage was very minimal. But it helped us get a foot in the door for when the new tower is installed.
A few weeks later, we changed to tone
to match VE7RXZ and updated the coordination information.
Update from June 24, 2021:
Today Don from Island Communications
was over to switch the firehall equipment over to the new tower and he terminated our coax and added a polyphaser.
I also brought LMR-400 cable and N-connectors and Don made patchcords for us to replace the old repeater patch cords.
The repeater is now fully operational and we encourage people to try it so we can get a sense of its coverage (specially if you're mobile on the highway).
The next step is to link it to the VE7RXZ in Nanaimo.
Update from April 18, 2021:
Update from Mar 25, 2021:
Looks like they started installing Firehall antennas. There's two VHF
antennas and one 800MHz
Ours are not up yet.
Update from Mar 05, 2021:
Update from Feb 09, 2021:
Update from Jan 31, 2021:
Update from Jan 3, 2021:
Update from Nov 27, 2020:
Good news! TELUS
has approved the antennas on the tower. The plan changed a little bit (for the better) and it's to have the UHF
repeater antenna at 35m (115ft) and VHF
yagi at 25m (82ft).
No news yet on when this will all happen.
In the meantime, Robert and Patrick will start working on linking VE7SCK to VE7RXZ (which we can do with the existing setup).
Update from Nov 21, 2020: