Tidewater Wireless W4VB News
Tidewater Wireless W4VB operates the following systems:
145.330 Repeater in
147.375 Repeater in
442.950 Repeater in
444.475 Repeater in
EchoLink Node 311763
145.170 Repeater (operated as WA4ZUA)(-600 kHz input, CTCSS 131.8)
The W4VB EchoLink node is normally linked to the 145.33/442.95 system. EchoLink connections are made with hams on the Internet running the EchoLink software as well as from hams on their radios communicating through another repeater or simplex system connected to the EchoLink on the W4VB repeater. Amateurs from around the world may connect to us through this node and call out through the repeater. All amateurs on the repeater are invited to communicate with stations connected via EchoLink. Users of the W4VB repeater system desiring the ability to connect to a specific EchoLink station on demand from over the air may contact us in order to make arrangements for a special code. Additional EchoLink information is available at http://www.echolink.org
The 145.170 WA4ZUA repeater plans to be
The 147.375 repeater is often linked to the 444.475 repeater.
All systems with autopatch capabilities seem to be working well. The same codes work on all W4VB autopatches.
If you desire an autodial slot for the 145.33/442.95/147.375/444.475 repeaters please contact us with your request. Repeater supporters receive an unlimited number of autodials. The autopatch will also function on the 220 repeater once on the air.
The CTCSS tone for the Tidewater
Wireless repeaters is indicated above, although not always required for every
repeater. W4VB repeaters transmit
the same tone for the benefit of users with the ability to limit interference
through the use of the Tone Coded
The following nets are conducted on the W4VB repeaters:
on 145.33/442.95: Radio Amateur Society of
Thursday on 145.33/442.95: Norfolk Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Net- Everyone is welcome and encouraged to check in. Once the 220 repeater is operational it will also carry this net.
As Needed: Norfolk Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Tactical, Operations, and Administrative Nets – All W4VB Repeaters as determined by the Emergency Coordinator (EC) or Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC).
Repeater Operating Modes
Tidewater Wireless repeaters have several different operating modes, often identifiable by a different courtesy tone. The most easily recognized are the Normal Mode (M1), Rush Hour Mode (M2), and Net Mode (M5).
Here are some of the characteristics of the different modes:
Normal Mode (M1): Used on all of our repeaters when other modes are not scheduled or activated. Has a 3-tone burst for the courtesy tone. Rotates between several different IDs. Tail Messages may or may not be activated by a control operator.
Rush Hour Mode (M2): This mode is set on weekdays and . It uses a distinctive courtesy tone and has a Tail Message announcing the time. Other Tail Messages may or may not be activated by a control operator. This mode is designed to remind users of the potential for an influx of mobile stations on the repeater while traveling the area roads and highways.
Net Mode (M5): This mode is used on the 145.33/442.95 repeater system to facilitate the RASON Net Monday-Wednesday and the Norfolk ARES Net on Thursday. A single-tone burst is used for the courtesy tone, however, a different tone is used depending on whether the user is transmitting on VHF or UHF. Once you recognize the two sounds you will be able to tell which repeater the person is using during the net. Once the 220 repeater becomes operational users on that repeater during the Net Mode will be recognized by a third different sounding single tone courtesy tone. A single tone courtesy tone on any of the Tidewater Wireless repeaters may indicate a net in progress. Control operators have the capability of activating the Net Mode whenever needed. All Tail Messages are normally off while in Net Mode and most IDs will be in CW.
The W4VB email listserver provides a method for updated news and information to be exchanged between all members of the list. Email can only be sent to the list by members of the list. To be added to the list, or to make a change to your email address used by the listserver, send a note to us.
Norfolk Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Norfolk ARES) uses Tidewater Wireless
repeaters to support its mission. The
Norfolk ARES website is available at http://www.norfolk-ares.org
and they also have a listserver for their members.
The Norfolk ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) is Rich Davis (W4NMH).
The Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) is Robert “Stro” Strohmeyer (KO4FR).
Wireless repeaters have many functions available to serve its users.
Please be sure to ID prior to activating any of these functions.
Codes should not be given over the air or given to others by any means
other than off-air through a W4VB control operator.
Providing assistance to visitors to the area is encouraged, however, the
authorized user must dial the codes for the visitor.
If you do not have the codes or have questions please email us
Field Day 2008
has been a few years since Tidewater Wireless W4VB organized and operated a
Field Day event. The next ARRL Field
Day will be held
the course of each week many different voices are heard over the W4VB systems.
This section of the newsletter will introduce a few of them.
Rich Davis – W4NMH
Rich Davis, W4NMH, is
Don Midgette –
Don Midgette, WN3X,
is originally from