Saturday Night Net Status

Due to the lightning strike at Alamo Peak, the club’s regular Saturday evening net at 7pm will be suspended until the system is brought back online.  Check back regularly on this website for up-to-date information on the Alamo Peak system repair.

Alamo Peak Site Visit

Several club members recently visited the Alamo Peak repeater site to investigate rebuilding the equipment shed that is currently housing the repeater:

Alamo Peak Equipment Shed

The shed has been weathering it’s mountaintop location for several decades now and is need of replacement.  The club is investigating several options as a suitable replacement, and budgeting calculations are well underway for the new project.

Surveying the equipment shed

In addition to the new equipment shed, the club is planning on reworking the antenna setup on the tower at the Alamo Peak site:

Alamo Peak Antenna

A wind storm two winters ago torqued the standoff antenna mount for the repeater antenna, causing the whole assembly to be tilted approximately 10 degrees to the east.  Several different options are being considered for the job, and a gin pole will be sourced for climbers to implement the fix.

Once the equipment shed is brought up to standards, the Club will be able to install the new Yaesu DR-2X repeater purchased for the site last fall.  Stay tuned for progress on the site improvements as we work to improve our amateur radio service to the Sacramento Mountains and Tularosa Basin.

Website DNS Issues

The new website is currently experiencing DNS issues, causing it to be inaccessible, or to load very slowly if accessed.  I am working with our webhost and our name registrar to get to the bottom of the problem and get things back on track.  More to follow as I gather the info…

Repeater System Upgrade

The Club is currently in the process of upgrading its linked repeater system to provide both analog and digital FM capability. In late 2017, the Club purchased Yaesu DR-2X repeaters to replace the current Kenwood TKR-750/850 units which have been in service for over 10 years:

Yaesu DR-2X Repeater
Yaesu DR-2X Repeater

The new repeaters provide traditional analog FM service, as well as seamless integration of Yaesu’s C4FM digital technology, currently marketed under the System Fusion label. In addition to providing crystal clear digital voice, the Yaesu system will also provide a 12.5kHz bandwidth digital data network with a data rate of 9600bps anywhere a user can access one of the system’s linked repeaters.

The current upgrade plan includes replacing the repeaters at all three current sites: Alamo Peak, James Ridge, and Weed Lookout. Digital back-hauls will be implemented between sites to provide site linking. In addition, the Club is currently investigating a partnership with the Otero County Electric Cooperative to provide 2m repeater service in the Timberon, NM area.

Stay tuned to this news feed for updates as we move out with upgrading our repeater system.

New Website Now On-line

After being down for several months, the Club’s website is back up and running under our new domain name https://www.sacmtnsradioclub.us.

The website is hosted at Amazon AWS as a Lightsail instance using the popular WordPress CMS.  The Lightsail instance allows the Club not only to host a website, but also run additional web-based services such as an IRC server, mail services, and other network-enabled technologies.

Welcome!