Repeaters

The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) operates a number of repeaters in central Oklahoma. This page documents each of these repeaters and should be used to get your radio connected to one or more of these devices. The technical committee maintains also a blog at http://scarsrepeater.blogspot.com/ that has some additional technical information.

VHF/APRS – 144.390 MHz – NORMAN Digipeater

This digipeater operates on the Amateur Packet Radio System (APRS) network. This APRS repeater can be found online at aprs.fi and search the callsign NORMAN. The digipeater is located at the Cleveland County District 2 facility at 72nd and Alameda, in Norman, OK. This uses the same antenna as the VHF repeater connected through a Telewave multi-coupler.

This machine is operational 24 x 7 and is behind an instant start generator that will provide power in an emergency situation.

VHF/FM – 146.880 MHz – W5OU

This FM repeater is located on the campus of Oklahoma University, at the top of the Physical Sciences building. This repeater uses the common -600 kHz offset but no CTCSS tone is required. This is a 1964 Motorola Motrac repeater that serves the Norman area. This machine uses an RC 850 controller with an analog delay line which gives this system a distinctive audio tone.

This system is on OU power, which is fed from two different generating sources. This redundant power source should keep this machine online during emergency conditions.

VHF/FM – 147.060 MHz – W5NOR

This repeater transmits on 147.060 MHz, has a +600-kHz offset, and requires a 141.3-Hz CTCSS tone. This repeater is available for general local use 24 hours a day. However, during severe weather conditions, or emergency situations, this repeater is the primary ARES communication repeater.

This repeater is located at the Cleveland County District 2 tower, east of Norman, at about 72nd and Alameda. This system uses an Andrew® DB224-E antenna, that provides about 6 dBd of gain. This antenna is on the west leg of the tower, about 300 feet above ground level. Ground level at this location is 1,187 feet above sea level.

This machine is operational 24 x 7 and is behind an instant start generator that will provide power in an emergency situation.

UHF/FM – 443.700 MHz – W5NOR

This repeater transmits on 443.700 MHz, has a +5 MHz offset, and requires a 141.3-Hz CTCSS tone. Co-located with the VHF repeater at 72nd and Alameda, this system uses an Andrews® DB408-B antenna, which provides about 8.7 dBi of gain. This antenna is on the west leg of the tower, directly below the VHF antenna, about 280 feet above ground level.

This machine is operational 24 x 7 and is behind an instant start generator that will provide power in an emergency situation.

UHF/DMR – 443.825 MHz – N5MS

This networked repeater operates from the OU Physical Sciences building. This is networked via the Brandmeister system and can be seen online at http://brandmeister.network. Detailed information on operating this format is available on the W5NOR OKDMR page.

UHF/D-STAR – 444.750 MHz – W5TC

This digital repeater uses the ICOM D-Star digital encoding and operates from the National Weather Center. This repeater is on 444.75 MHz and uses a +5 MHz offset. The gateway information can be seen online at https://w5tc.nwc.ou.edu/

UHF/FM – 444.625 MHz – W5LHG

This UHF repeater is west of Blanchard. This repeater transmits at 444.625 MHz, has a +5 MHz offset, and requires a 127.3-Hz CTCSS tone.  In addition to local traffic, this repeater is connected to the Internet via Echolink ID 212301. More information about this repeater can be found at QRZ.com. This repeater is operated by W5LHG.

UHF/D-STAR – 442.975 MHz – KF5ZLE

This UHF D-STAR repeater is west of Blanchard. This repeater will auto connect to the Oklahoma Reflector, REF052B. Users are welcome to connect to other reflectors or gateways. After 10 minutes of idle time, it will reconnect to REF052B. More information about this repeater can be found at QRZ.com. This repeater is operated by  W5LHG.

VHF/APRS – 144.390 MHz – W5LHG Digipeater

This digipeater operates on the APRS network. This APRS repeater can be found at aprs.fi.  This repeater is located west of Blanchard and provides an Internet gateway for the APRS system. More information about this repeater can be found at QRZ.com. This repeater is operated by W5LHG.

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DateSystemReporterDescriptionResolutionResolved Date
2018-10-25 04:00:00147.06-Analog-Repeaterw5ifnRepeater was unavailable.No observations available. The APRS log was checked on APRS.fi and it appears that the power was up at the site during the reported period. Waiting on a specific date/time to continue the review.
2018-10-25 04:00:00443.70-Analog-Repeaterw5ifnRepeater was unavailable.No observations available. The APRS log was checked on APRS.fi and it appears that the power was up at the site during the reported period. Waiting on a specific date/time to continue review.
2018-10-21 04:00:00147.06-Analog-Repeatern5uwyMain receiver shut down, not operating.The controller misunderstood some DTMF tones during an over the air programming session and the main repeater was shut down. A site visit was required and the controller programming was updated to a known good condition.2018-10-22 12:30:00
2018-10-20 23:00:00147.06-Analog-Repeaterw5ifnA set of digital tones were heard on the repeater. Tuning off the repeater frequency made it more obvious to be digital tones.No observations heard. Waiting on a specific date/time to review.