The only income that MAWCG and FARG have is through donations. There are a few needs and projects coming up to keep the repeater and the repeater site in good working order.
Below are the projects that are currently needed and new ones upcoming. They are listed in the order of importance. If you donate and do not pick a project the money will go into the general fund and be put toward the projects as needed.
We want to make it clear that donations are not a condition for use of the repeaters, etc. Any Licensed Amateur Radio Operator is at anytime welcome to use the radio facilities. No membership or other monetary transaction is required. This is only for those that would like to help out.
Tower Antenna Repair
There are 2 antennas on the tower that have broken stabilizers that need to be repaired.
In addition, one of the antennas needs to be taken down and have the broken elements full flow welded and the pole straightened.
The one that needs repair is the antenna on the 2 meter D-star and is a 4 bay colinear. The good news is, we have a spare of this antenna that can be put up and we can fix the other one and keep it as the spare.
The other antenna is the 70cm D-Star. The antenna seems to be fine and just needs the stabilizer repaired.
This project requires a licensed and bonded tower climber. The estimated cost is between $600 – $1000.
The batteries that are the power backup for the repeaters are very old and starting to bulge. To replace the batteries, the cost is around $1800 for 8 150Ah Gel Cell/AGM batteries.
The controllers that are currently in use are old model controllers that are using RJ45 connectors that then connect to screw terminals. We are pretty certain that this is part of the noise problem we have.
The newer model controllers have better connections and we would install with purpose built cables.
A controller built out as we would need it is about $600 and we would need a primary and a spare.
There is some building maintenance that needs to happen. The cost is probably low but will require a bit of labor.
Here is a list of the maintenance items:
- In the small room, the floor is falling through and will soon need to be replaced at least partially. The big was completed about 2 years ago by phil.
- The door to the small room is rusting out and either needs to be replaced or repaired.
- The roof needs a new coat of the rubber sealer that stops the leaks inside the building.
New Repeater / Modes
There have been a few discussions about new repeaters, maybe on 220, etc. We have also discussed getting other analog modes like Allstar or IRLP running.
The cost would vary depending on what we were setting up.
PLEASE NOTE: Donations are currently not tax deductible.
Non Money Donations
If you have old equipment that you no longer need and it is in relatively good condition you can donate it. It might be sold for to add to the general fund or it might be kept for future use.
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