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900 MHz Repeaters and Radios

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There has been a huge influx of 900MHz Radios and Repeaters in the area. There is also a project underway to get many of them linked together. The following links will give you some insight. Anyone interested in an MTX9250 the hot little new portables that are all the rage should contact N1OMU [url=mailto:mgiovannucci@gmail.com]Mike Giovannucci[/url] he has 10 more on the way with some of them spoken for. They will go real fast like the first 40 did.
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John,
What are the licensing requirements, if any, for this band? Do you know how much $$$ are the radios going for?
-JR

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One of the PL's is wrong for the worcester repeater. I need to check to see exactly what it is but IIRC it's 100 or 103.5. Input PL is still D244.

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n1pfc wrote:One of the PL's is wrong for the worcester repeater. I need to check to see exactly what it is but IIRC it's 100 or 103.5. Input PL is still D244.

Kurt
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What Worcester repeater? I didn't know there was one using a DPL. Is that Westborough? What frequency?

Oh! I see, never mind.
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Hello,

I am jumping on the 902 MHz Band and will be the second person in Lynn with 902 Equipment after W1DVG who, no surprise, has a 902 MHz repeater. I may be able to see the repeater antenna from my roof. :)

Does the MTX9250 file have the Montreal, Quebec frequencies in them? I am going to Montreal in August.

BTW does the antenna connector take a female SMA? I may have one to the proper conector for my mobile antenna. I even bought a couple of curly 900 Antennas at Dayton last year for another project.

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I work for cataldo and we still have a ton of 900mhz portables and mobiles, as well as 2 repeaters we are trying to sell off.

If anyone is interested feel free to email at jmartocchio@cataldoems.com
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N1BHH wrote:What Worcester repeater? I didn't know there was one using a DPL. Is that Westborough? What frequency?
927.7375


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allcomm wrote:I work for cataldo and we still have a ton of 900mhz portables and mobiles, as well as 2 repeaters we are trying to sell off.

If anyone is interested feel free to email at jmartocchio@cataldoems.com
Hello,

Maybe Scott can setup that 902 MHz repeater on the Cape after all. :)

73 Eric

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I never realized how cheap some of the 900 mhz gear is. I also didn't know there was a repeater in Lynn. Looks like I may be rethinking some purchases I was planning.

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Mjg0519 wrote:I never realized how cheap some of the 900 mhz gear is. I also didn't know there was a repeater in Lynn. Looks like I may be rethinking some purchases I was planning.

Mike
Hello,

George has run repeaters on several bands for many years.

Some of the commercial radios will work easily on 902 and some need a little work. The downside is they are not as readily tunable as the ham stuff. So when I travel I need to get the radio reprogrammed if I want to talk on 902 MHz. It reminds me of the old crystal radio days where the radio usually came with 146.52 and 146.94/34 and you bought crystals for the local repeater. On the road you were limited to the frequencies you had crystals for. When I lived in Florida the Rockledge Repeater was the same frequency as the Salem MA repeater.

I used to work for Lynn Communications back before and during the early days of the Motorola Syntor. The new thing was the MDC's Motorola Type 1 Trunked Radio system. I got to fix loads of Micors, Motracs, a Motran (scary), and too many T43GGT and T43GGV radios. So I tend to prefer Motorola. It is amazing some of the radios available. If you get any GE or MA/Com stuff make sure you buy a GE Tuning Tool.
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Mjg0519 wrote:I never realized how cheap some of the 900 mhz gear is. I also didn't know there was a repeater in Lynn. Looks like I may be rethinking some purchases I was planning.

Mike
If there is a repeater in Lynn, it's probably on the old band split, in the 919-921 MHz range. Most of the motorola equipment being used cannot operate there, although I've herad reports that the MTX9250s can. That Lynn repeater, if it does exist probably has little or no coverage, just like his 2 meter machines.
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Any Idea what those portables are going for?
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wb1hbu wrote: If you get any GE or MA/Com stuff make sure you buy a GE Tuning Tool.
http://www.toolstation.com/images/libra ... /97901.jpg

73 Eric
I think I have used one of them in the past to tune an old ProgLine or two. Sure works like a charm.
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creeperjeep wrote:Any Idea what those portables are going for?
Good question. And Matt, are you also on NES?

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garys wrote:Good question. And Matt, are you also on NES?

Gary
I dont think I am, since I cant think of what NES is.
Should I be?
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creeperjeep wrote:I dont think I am, since I cant think of what NES is.
Should I be?
Nah, I'm probably just confused between forums and screen names and stuff. Back to the topic at hand.

I'm a bit interested in this, but only if I can get into it for short money.

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garys wrote:Nah, I'm probably just confused between forums and screen names and stuff.
Gary,

That's funny because I notice the same thing... :D [rob_ma on NES]


I'm just about exactly in the middle of Springfield and Worcester who both have repeaters. I'm not in range of either one at all no matter how hard I tried. :( It would be fun to be on 900 MHz but not gonna happen at my house right now
- Rob


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rob wrote:Gary,

That's funny because I notice the same thing... :D [rob_ma on NES]


I'm just about exactly in the middle of Springfield and Worcester who both have repeaters. I'm not in range of either one at all no matter how hard I tried. :( It would be fun to be on 900 MHz but not gonna happen at my house right now
That's cuz Worcester is not on the air right now =)

Working on that one.

It'll either be the current Nucleus conversion with a re-filtered Maxtrac RX (opens @ -130dBm CSQ!!!) or a Quantar. I'll try and get the current running first as it puts out more power and the RX is better on it (Quantar is going to need a pre-amp... which I have... just need time...). Plan is to put voted RX's around Worcester... again... need the time which I seem to be lacking a lot of lately.

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garys wrote:Good question. And Matt, are you also on NES?

Gary

I am (Bolt308).Not to hijack the thread. I've been scanning the Hopkington repeater for activity with no luck, whether time of day or whatever.
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n1pfc wrote:That's cuz Worcester is not on the air right now =)

Working on that one.

It'll either be the current Nucleus conversion with a re-filtered Maxtrac RX (opens @ -130dBm CSQ!!!) or a Quantar. I'll try and get the current running first as it puts out more power and the RX is better on it (Quantar is going to need a pre-amp... which I have... just need time...). Plan is to put voted RX's around Worcester... again... need the time which I seem to be lacking a lot of lately.

Kurt
Kurt can you let me know what will be the PL/DPL tones will be in and out and if HearClear should be used with it. I just want to update the code plug for all the MTX9250's so you will have a bunch of users when it gets put on.
Thanks, John

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n1pfc wrote:That's cuz Worcester is not on the air right now =)

Kurt
Still too far away even if it was on the air. :D
- Rob


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I've been thinking it over and doing research on the 9250, looks like I will make the call to Mike and get me one of them bad boys. Still have to get a mobile antenna, found adapters and all that in a number of places online. Maybe we'll be talking on a new band by the weekend, John and everyone else who'll be there.
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I just was at his house last night picking up one for a friend. The last shipment is in and their going fast. He plans on bring the last ones to the Breakfast at Britney's but I wouldn't be surprised if like with Near-Fest that they are gone before it even gets here. The original source of the radios is planning on selling what he has left at Dayton. An Chuck I'm not sure when your listening but I have to keep taking my Spectra out of scan cause Randy's Hopkinton repeater is so active.


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I also spotted another source for the 9250 for $175: http://www.usedradio.com/index.html So when he runs out or the local supply disappears this would be a good place to try.
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