Most History and updates
are now in:
The Vancouver WA repeater on Larch Mtn was installed and
came on network at 0945.
The Portland repeater was moved to another site (West
Hills on the KGON tower), is now installed and is on
network. The early off-network repeater site had
Internet issues so was moved here.
The PNW 1 talkgroup was created to remove Washington 1
from the all PNW repeater comm. This will allow
Washington 1 and 2 to revert to their standard roles of
Washington statewide talkgroups.
The Portland repeater is now from the West Hills area
and testing but off-network.
2015: The North Tacoma
fill-in repeater is installed permanently and operating
normally on the network.
January 9, 2015: The Lynnwood/Gunnysack
online. Early reports are
excellent for this local area repeater location.
Coverage into Arlington and some of Darlington is also
available with a standard mobile of 40 watts and gain
2015: The Spokane Repeater
(KC7AAD) is now online. Rod
KC7AAD is testing at low level pending a move to Lookout
Point in the fall of 2015. Mobile coverage is expected to be
Coeur d'Alene, west to Sprague, north to Deer Park and
south to Cheney. This is about 70 miles of I-90
corridor coverage. Only a few users are known to
have DMR subscriber radios at this point.
The PNW CS-700 codeplug is complete with RX Groups, Scan
Lists, and all Washington contacts for all 5 repeaters.
This is a fairly complex codeplug but simple to use in
the radio so read the txt file in the
Directory for the very latest changes.
problematic as there are many manufacturers of DMR
radios and models within their product lines as well as
simply, being time consuming to maintain each one.
While DCI will publish a codeplug from time to time, it
really is much more fair if a kind soul from over on the
West-side, with access to at least one of the repeaters
will freshen up the plugs. We will publish them if
you submit them:
2014: The Tacoma Mt. Baldi
repeater is now up and running
and working very well thanks to Rob KG7KPH and Andy
KK7TR. Currently the
repeater is operational on a 4 bay folded dipole array
and Omni with vertical separation.
Another 4 bay
is on order and additional height is planned on trips
before the snow flies this year. So coverage
improvements are still in the works and that may also
include a RF amplifier for slightly better fill in as
well as neutralize losses in the RF system.
Cougar Mtn repeater (XPR-8300 @ 52 watts ERP) is
on the air and on the DCI network as of December 7, 2013
courtesy of Andy, KK7TR and Jim, N7MAQ. HT
coverage to SeaTac airport and downtown is fairly
dependable as is the Microsoft campus. The list of
talkgroups (above) shows most of what is available but
others may be added as listed on
DCI. PTT indicated
that the talkgroup is part-time linked and that you must
kerchunk that TG briefly to turn on that TG. More
information is on the
DCI talkgroup page.
We are closely
affiliated with the repeater groups in British Columbia.
Westminster Amateur Radio Club supports a
repeater in their city. The Mt Seymour
repeater as well as the BC-TRBO c-Bridge is sponsored by
British Columbia Frequency Modulation Communications
Association. Additionally this new IPSC
network has all repeaters located in a compact regional
footprint and brings all repeaters onto a very robust
network with more features available to PNW users and
Mt Seymour (Vancouver BC Canada)
came online and has extensive coverage in Vancouver, West
out to Bowden and Vancouver Islands, East to Chilliwack
and South into Bellingham WA. Coverage to Mt Baker
There is now a
firstname.lastname@example.org. IT will primarily be used as a
point of dissemination of updates, change or additions
to and of interest to the users of the PNW.
The list members are able to post as well if desired.
March 4, 2013:
Cougar Mountain is the home to the first Western
Washington Ham TRBO repeater. Cougar is about 17
miles ENE of downtown Seattle or 19 miles NE of Sea-Tac
International Airport and is at about 1,405 feet.
The first repeater (3/4/13) was sponsored by
Greg, NF6C (more info in the legacy section at
July 19, 2009:
repeater are located in North Central
Washington at the base of the Cascades Mountain range.
These repeaters are low level but do cover from Early
Winters at the West end of the Methow Valley down valley
to the town of Twisp.
The PNW network has
access to DCI,
Talkgroup access in the USA,
CAN-TRBO in Canada, IT-DMR in Italy as well as
MARC's regional and wide area talkgroups.
We will work to add California networks or repeaters
already in service that can provide additional
Interstate 5 coverage. This is highly problematic now
approach to sharing TG's. Still no Oregon
repeaters known to be on any IPSC networks.
The main talkgroups
are "Washington 1 and 2", "BC
1", "Canada 2", "DCI 1 and 2" and
MARC's North America 2 and Worldwide 2.
"Wash 1" or "BC 1"are perfect for general QSO's
or testing . These talkgroups are on full time or
via a simple PTT. See our
for more details or the
for excruciating detail.
|LEGACY INFORMATION - First WA
Coastal Repeaters installed by NF6C - March 4, 2013
Update: Greg pulled down the
repeaters in of 2014, the history of the
2 MTR's is interesting and full
circle...later this same year, Cougar
came back to life...
With Cougar Mountain
Mt Baldi now deployed, we are
expecting to provide mobile coverage from 20-30 miles
South of Tacoma (Centralia), then North up I-5 to
Bellingham, most of the Puget Sound area., much of
the Peninsula and East to North Bend out I-90. We
expect the coverage areas will include about 175 miles of I-5, most of I-405 and 45
miles of I-90 corridors. We also wish to expand to
other areas of Washington including Spokane for the I-90
corridor as well as Oregon in the coming months.
Roaming should be useful for the freeway commuters and
is supported by all repeaters except Eastern Washington.
Mt Baldi (4000') was the second Western
Washington repeater and provided wide area coverage from
South of Olympia north into Seattle with extensive
coverage East and West of Interstate -5 corridor.
It is now gone, Greg NF6C having relocated to
The Cougar Mountain repeater
was installed on March 4, 2013. The
networking's "last mile" (pair of Ubiquiti Loco M5's)
was installed on March 24, making this first
Seattle TRBO repeater (MTR3000), the first West
side repeater to be added to the DCI IPSC
network. The Baldi repeater was installed on May 19, 2013
after waiting for a month for the snow to
Greg NF6C has plans
to get additional MTR-3000s deployed in the very near
future. Other MTR-3000's will follow which
will extend coverage to be from South Olympia to
Bellingham to the North as well as into Oregon (by way of
another group). This should provide mostly HT
coverage of about 180 miles of Interstate 5 coverage
in Washington ultimately as well as wide swathes East and West of I-5 into
the surrounding cities. Oregon will add another patch
of over 100 miles of Interstate-5 coverage also with a
repeater testing on network at low level now.
PNW repeaters now cover major areas of:
Tacoma, Seattle, Bellingham, Winthrop, Vancouver BC. If you have any
interest in putting up a TRBO repeater in the Pacific
Northwest (Oregon, Washington and Idaho), please
contact us as we would like to assist you as much as