Visiting the Mosinee Hill Repeater Site

When we use our handheld radios or the mobile in the car, we really don’t think about or rarely appreciate the hard work and effort is takes to keep a repeater system on the air. Many amateur radio repeater systems are highly engineered but also run on a shoestring. It always amazes me of the amount of technical effort that goes into building and keeping these systems on the air.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit a local repeater site. Our amateur radio club went up to the Mosinee Hill site in North Central Wisconsin to do a little bit of maintenance on the systems located there. Tucked away in the little concrete shack are more than a half dozen stand alone and linked repeaters. The average ham seldom gets to see what makes these repeaters work, so I’d like to give Mark, N9MEA a big thank you for giving us a behind the scenes tour of the repeaters at Mosinee Hill.

So the next time you hear that system ID, you’ll have a better understanding of what makes these systems tick and I hope better appreciate the effort that goes into building a repeater system.

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Wisconsin Valley Radio Association (Wausau, WI) http://www.wvraclub.org

Wisconsin Association of Repeaters http://wi-repeaters.org/

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