The WA7LAW Repeater

The Snohomish County Hams Club (WA7LAW) currently maintains two repeaters, one set to a VHF frequency and the other to a UHF frequency. You do not have to be a member of the club to use the basic functions of the repeater. However, if you do use the system regularly, we hope that you would consider becoming a member to support the system and help maintain and grow its usefulness in Snohomish County. A membership of $20 per year supports us and helps to keep this valuable resource operating. For more information on membership, click here.

Quick info

VHF Repeater: 147.180 + T103.5

UHF Repeater: 444.575 + T103.5

VHF and UHF repeaters are currently NOT linked together.

Both our UHF and VHF repeaters are located in North Everett on top of the Bakerview Apartments at 2605 – 15th St.  The UHF Digital Fusion repeater is setup to receive on 444.575 MHz and transmit on 449.575 MHz with 25 watts. It requires a tone of 103.5 Hz (CTCSS) to access the repeater.  The Fusion functions are currently operating in Auto | Auto – meaning it will take digital or FM signals in, and repeat in Digital or FM mode outward as well.

The VHF machine is setup to receive on 147.180 MHz and transmit on 147.780 with 80 watts. It also requires a tone (CTCSS) of 103.5 Hz to access the repeater. At present, the VHF repeater’s Fusion function is set to operate in FM mode only. It will not respond to digital signals.

Note: There is a delay between first keying your microphone and transmission by the repeater. So press the PTT switch and count “one” to yourself before you start speaking.

Echolink is active and links to the VHF repeater.

The UHF and VHF repeaters are NOT linked and each operate stand-alone.

The repeater antennas are mounted on a 30′ Rohn-25 tower on the 9th floor roof of the apartment building. The UHF antenna is mounted about halfway up the tower on an arm off the side. The VHF antenna is at the top of the tower and extends another 25′ above the tower. 400MAX coax connects the repeaters to their respective antenna.

In the near future, we plan to add APRS, HamWan, and a weather station to this site. HamWan will provide high-speed internet access via RF to the repeater computer. Thus removing our dependence on the Everett Housing Authority’s internet connection at the Bakerview Apartments.

Duplexer photos here

History / The “Rest” of the Story!

In 2015, the club purchased two Yaesu Fusion repeaters and installed them. To learn more about these radios, click here.

The repeater has several special features that are available to current members. Other features include Echolink, a digital audio recorder that records and plays back 15 seconds of audio so that you can hear what your transmitted audio sounds like, time and date read back, and other features that I need to look up. An information page on repeater function is available to current members from the club secretary.

EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology.  The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio’s communications capabilities. To learn more, click here.

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