What is a Repeater?

Repeaters serve a special role in the Amateur Radio community during both normal and emergency operations. Typically operated by a club or experienced ham operators with access to a tower or other high location, a repeater retransmits a signal received at one frequency onto another. This allows any properly authorized and licensed operators to communicate across much farther distances than would otherwise be possible without using a more powerful transmitter.

Another useful feature of repeaters is that their frequencies are well known and rarely change. This allows operators to quickly establish communications and coordinate with each other. Under normal conditions, the repeater might just be used by 2 or 3 hams to shoot the breeze. In an emergency, though, most areas will have one or two designated repeaters that are used to pass important information back and forth to law enforcement and other agencies.

 The Cleveland Amateur Radio Club owns and operates local repeaters on the following frequencies:

For specific information, click on the frequency or navigate to the specific repeater page.

  • 146.925MHz – W4GZX 2-meter repeater. The antenna is located atop the tower behind our clubhouse. To access this machine, use a negative (-) offset and a PL tone of 114.8Hz. This is a local repeater covering Cleveland and much of Bradley County. This machine can also be found on Echolink as W4GZX-R.
  • 444.275MHz – This is the W4GZX 440 repeater co-located with the 146.925MHz machine. To access this repeater, use a plus (+) offset. No PL tone is needed.

In addition, there are also many other fine repeaters in our local area, including:

  • 147.180MHz – This is the WD4DES 2-meter repeater located on Bean Mountain in Polk County.  To access this machine you must use a plus (+) offset and a PL tone of 118.8Hz.  This is a wide-area coverage repeater.
  • 442.250MHz – This is the WD4DES 440 repeater co-located with the 147.180MHz machine.  To access this machine you must use a plus (+) offset and PL tone of 118.8Hz.  This is a wide-area coverage repeater.
  • 147.375MHz – This is the KA4ELN repeater, located near  the 147.180MHz repeater.  To access this machine you must use a plus (+) offset and PL tone of 123.0Hz.  This is a wide-area coverage repeater.
  • 147.105MHz – This is the KD4NEC repeater, located at the clubhouse.  To access the machine you must use a plus (+) offset.  No PL tone is required.  This is a local area coverage repeater. This machine is currently off-air due to a lightning strike.
  • 442.925MHz – This is the WD4OAR repeater, located on White Oak Mountain.  To access this machine you must use a plus (+) offset and a PL tone of 107.3Hz.

If you know of any repeaters that should be listed here, or any corrections, let us know!

W4GZX Repeaters

The CARC maintains two Yaesu DR-1x repeaters which are frequency coordinated through the Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA) and may be operated under club policies and the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission. Both repeaters are configured for Automatic Mode Select (AMS) to support the proprietary Yaesu System Fusion digital mode. Two Meter / …

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WD4DES Repeaters

The WD4DES repeater is situated atop Bean Mountain adjacent to the Cherokee National Forest in Polk County, TN. Operated by Mr. Joe Riner, this repeater’s coverage area spans North-South from Knoxville, TN to Calhoun, GA, and East-West from Cookeville, TN to Murphy, NC. Two-Meter / 144MHz Band The 2-meter side of the repeater transmits on …

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