The Richardson Wireless Club operates several repeaters in Richardson on 2m/70cm. These repeaters are open for use by any licensed amateur radio operator.
|Frequency||Callsign||Tone||Offset||Features and Notes|
|147.120||K5RWK||110.9||+0.6 Mhz||FM Analog|
Echo Test/Signal Report, Allstar Link, Google Assistant
|145.430||K5UTD||110.9||-0.6 Mhz||FM Analog |
Operated on behalf of K5UTD Amateur Radio Club
|440.375||K5RWK||+5 Mhz||DMR (DMR-MARC)|
|443.375||K5RWK||110.9||+5 Mhz||FM Analog, Allstar Link|
|444.725||K5RWK||110.9||+5 Mhz||C4FM Digital, WIRES-X / Fusion|
Talking on a repeater can be a lot of fun. In addition to regular voice communications, there are a few extra features that our 147.12 VHF repeater provides.
Echo Test / Parrot
The K5RWK VHF repeater has an echo test mode that can be enabled using DTMF tones. To use this functionality:
- Send DTMF tones * 5 1 1 (star-5-1-1) and release the PTT button
- Wait for the repeater to play a the normal confirm tones followed by a flat tone
- Quickly key up and talk for a few (<10) seconds.
- Release your PTT
- The repeater will then give a S report and then replay your voice
Extended Signal Report Parrot
For an extended signal report, use * 5 1 2 (star-5-1-2) and the repeater will report:
- signal strength in dBm and corresponding S reading
- Noise floor at the repeater site in dBm and corresponding S reading
- signal to noise ratio of your signal in dBm
- it will replay your voice.
An example of the *512 feature is show here: https://youtu.be/mlg95f7QpIk
Our Allstar Link repeaters can be linked to other Allstar systems around the world. Allstar connections to these repeaters should come through our Allstar hub, 47841. This hub connects K5RWK VHF primary and backup repeater sites. When connecting to our repeaters through Allstar, please use this hub address instead of the individual node addresses.
Find yourself somewhere in North DFW with no way to quickly find out the distance between the Earth and the Moon, but have an FM VHF radio handy? Never fear, there is a Google Assistant listening. Call in on the VHF repeater asking “OK Google…” and Google just might answer.
Digital Repeater Information
DMR – 440.375 MHz
Use the following to access our DMR Repeater:
Color Code Access: CC1
|Time Slot 1 (TS1) Talk Groups:||Time Slot 2 (TS2) Talk Groups:|
|Texas Statewide – TG3148|
North America – TG3 (15min PTT)
Worldwide English – TG13 (15min PTT)
AMSAT – TG98006 (15min PTT)
|North Texas Wide – TG8205|
Local – TG9
The “15min PTT” means that you need to kerchunk the repeater to link it to this talkgroup. This tells the C-Bridge that someone is listening to this talkgroup, and the C-Bridge will then route it to the repeater.
The “Local” talkgroup, TG9, is not routed through the C-Bridge. TG9 on TS2 is a preferred way for locals to talk on a given a repeater and not have it routed to other repeaters. We would highly suggest you program this in your radio, as some features may be added to link it to the 147.12 repeater when the net mode is active (this will come at a later date).
At this time, our DMR Repeater is not linkable from Brandmeister or TGIF.
If you are looking for information on how to get started with DMR or would like to download a starter Codeplug please visit https://w5txx.com – Club member W5TXX has created codeplugs that include many of the repeaters in the DFW metroplex including the K5RWK DMR repeater. This is a good starting point for you to build your own codeplug.
WIRES-X / Fusion – 444.725 MHz
Our Yaesu Fusion C4FM UHF repeater is linked to WIRES-X. The node number is 30372. Our WIRES-X connectivity allows an operator to link to any other WIRES-X node or room through the internet. This allows you with your HT or mobile station to communicate with people in other cities, states or indeed other countries. The default room that our Fusion node is connected to is the Texas–Nexus, which is a wide variety of repeaters around the state, that gets visitors from all around the world.
So long as the repeater is not in use, feel free to link it to other nodes or rooms, make contacts in other countries. The room list is available here. It will return to its default configuration after a period of inactivity. Or, feel free to join us through WIRES-X, room 30372.
The RWK has assumed ownership and operation of the K5UTD repeater on behalf of the K5UTD Amateur Radio Club. This will provide their club a more stable repeater and allow them to better provide for their membership and continue to serve the community. We at the RWK are proud to be able to help support the K5UTD Amateur Radio Club.