Bowling Green, Ohio
The Wood County Amateur Radio Club maintains open repeaters that use the club's call sign - K8TIH. All of our repeaters are open to all properly licensed Amateur Radio operators. We ask those who make use of our repeaters to consider supporting the club by becoming a member.
147.180 & 444.475 Repeater
Our repeater system is located on the campus of BGSU in Bowling Green, Ohio about 20 miles south of Toledo, Ohio. It is a split-site repeater system with the receive site at Offenhauer West and the transmit site at the Administration Building. The antennas are located about 150 feet above ground level with approximately 50 watts transmitter output per band. These repeaters are linked together.
A PL of 67.0 Hz is required to access the repeater and is broadcast by the repeater for Tone Squelch operation.
Battery backup provides several hours of emergency power for the system. When there is a power failure: 444.475 will be disabled, only 147.180 will transmit. There will be a voice announcement saying "AC Power Failure - On Battery Backup Power." Please limit your transmissions during this time to allow emergency traffic to pass and to conserve battery power.
The 2 meter repeater operates on an output frequency of 147.180 MHz with an input frequency of 147.780 MHz (+600 KHz).
440 (70 Centimeters)
The 440 (70 cm) repeater operates on an output frequency of 444.475 MHz with an input frequency of 449.475 MHz (+5 MHz).
If you have a radio that cannot transmit PL, you can still use the system. Key your radio, using your DTMF keypad slowly press "1 - 2 - 3," and unkey. The repeater will respond with "OK UP." Then ID with your call sign.
Deactivate by entering the same sequence and the repeater will respond with "OK DOWN."
WCARES & WCARC Live Audio Stream
Thanks to Wood County EC Bob, W8NYY, who provides the feed that scans the KD8BTI and K8TIH repeaters.
Wood County ARES Skywarn 146.790Mhz KD8BTI Repeater
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About Radio Reference and Broadcastify
RadioReference and Broadcastify are two websites that provide information about radio communication largely to scanner enthusiasts. Radio Reference includes a frequency database, trunked radio system information, and FCC license data. The wiki and forums are the place for public safety communication professionals and hobbyists to discuss radio communication, details of programming and operating radio communication equipment, and related information. Broadcastify hosts over 3,000 live audio broadcasts that include Police, Fire, EMS, Amateur Radio, and other associated communications. These feeds are provided for free and by volunteers using their own equipment and Internet connection.
Both the WCARC and ARES repeaters are available on Broadcastify. Having this feed on an enthusiast site like Radio Reference and Broadcastify can help us all in the following ways:
- It gives WCARC and ARES greater exposure to the public and potential hams to Amateur Radio, or nets.
- It makes the Skywarn nets available anywhere during severe weather season.
- It provides a way to monitor the repeaters from home, work, or anywhere.
- It gives a way to test your signal into the repeater.
Live Audio Feeds
To listen to the feeds on a desktop computer, all you need is a web browser and Adobe Flash Player plug-in (which most systems already have). Additionally, they can be found on the Broadcastify website by browsing to the Wood county listings. On Broadcastify, additional player options can be found including: Windows Media Player, Real Player, iTunes, Winamp, and 2 web players (either Flash or Java). A Broadcastify premium membership is needed to access the archives.
To listen on mobile smartphones and tablets, an application will need to be downloaded. A complete list of available applications and platforms can be found on the Mobile Listening Support page. When the application is installed, browse to the Wood county listings or many have a 'near me' function to locate nearby feeds.
Obtaining this repeater and putting on the air serves as a memorial to Club member Brett Luna-KC8UMN (SK), who bequeathed his personally owned 70 cm repeater on this frequency pair to WCARC. Unfortunately, it was not possible to put Brett's original equipment on the air with any reasonable footprint. So, when the opportunity to obtain a new digital repeater arose, it was only natural for the Club to use Brett's old frequency pair and to dedicate it to his memory.
The repeater is on Brett's original frequency of 442.125+ MHz with an input frequency of 447.125 MHz (+5 MHz). A PL of 67.0 Hz is required for access and is broadcast by the repeater for Tone Squelch operation. In addition to our main repeaters, is also located at Offenhauer West.
This repeater is a Yaesu System Fusion digital repeater operating in Automatic Mode Select where an input signal can be analog or digital and the repeater will transmit the same. Due to the versatility of this system, C4FM stations please set your Fusion radios to Automatic Mode Select (AMS) when using the repeater. This way, stations without digital capability can contact and converse with any other Fusion equipped station (or any other FM station) using the FM analog mode. A C4FM capable radio is required to use the digital features of this repeater. No digital squelch or digital code options are required to operate.
C4FM is capable of using the full 12.5 kHz bandwidth for:
- Voice/Data simultaneous communication mode (audio communications with error correction).
- Voice Full Rate Mode (high quality voice communications).
- High Speed Data Communication Mode (transmissions of images and data).
APRS is a system which uses Amateur Radio to transmit position reports, weather reports, and messages between users. The VHF propagation map is a real-time map compiled from APRS data.
The club maintains an APRS IGate located at Offenhauer West with the club's call sign. The station operates on the standard APRS frequency of 144.390 MHz. Stations near, stations heard, stations that heard K8TIH are available on the station information page.
The computer running the APRS station is a AMD Athlon 1 GHz, 40GB HD, 208MB RAM, and Debian 3.1 operating system. The computer is interfaced with Kantronics KPC-9612 TNC.
Repeater directories and locators for finding repeaters are in our links section.