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.
Our repeaters & APRS IGate are located at Offenhauer West on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio about 20 miles south of Toledo, Ohio. Antennas are located about 150 feet above ground level. Huge thanks to BGSU and BGSU ITS for providing the space and Internet access.
Our nets can be found on Meeting & Events.
147.180 & 444.475 Repeaters
With approximately 50 watts transmitter output per band, these repeaters are linked together full-time. 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
NOTE: Live stream was shutdown September 1, 2017.
These pictures are somewhat dated as the repeater is single-site as of 5/2019.
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. DG-ID is 00.
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).
Wires-X capability has been added. Connect to our repeater using "K8TIH-ROOM" or DTMF ID: 40960. If the repeater is not linked to the room, use "K8TIH-ND" or DTMF ID: 30960.
To connect to another Wires-X node using a DTMF analog radio: key your radio and ID with your call sign. Then using the DTMF keypad, enter the 5 digit DTMF ID of the desired node, then unkey.
To disconnect: key your radio, enter #99999, then ID with your call sign.
To connect to another Wires-X node using a Fusion digital radio, follow the instructions that came with the radio. Each Fusion radio operates a little differently. Make sure your call sign is programmed into the radio and the DG-ID is set to 00. If the Wires-X instruction manual is not available, go to Yaesu's radio product page for the model radio (Yaesu Digital Products), click the "Files" tab, look for and download the "Instruction Manual (WIRES-X Edition)" PDF.
Wires-X node lists:
- Node Lists: "ID List" is a list of all Wires-X nodes and rooms, regardless of online or offline status. "Active ID List" displays online nodes and rooms.
- Most active rooms: Broken down by country, lists active rooms by number of users connected.
The club's APRS IGate 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.
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 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.