6 Meter Repeater News 2019-01-11

Good evening everyone,
The 53.270 repeater is closer to being fully operational. We now have (4) receivers online and tested. To use the repeater, program your radio to receive on 53.270 MHz, and transmit -1.7 MHz, or on 51.570 MHz. The PL on transmit and receive should be programmed to 162.2 Hz.
Cedar Springs (Northwest)
Granby (Southwest)
Republic (Central)
Strafford (East)
A voter listens to all 4 receivers listed above simultaneously and picks the signal with the least amount of static and sends it to the transmitter so that the end user hears the strongest and best signal reaching the 4 sites.
With today's tests, we are really happy with the way the system is voting. This is the THIRD voter we've had on this system and the only one that has actually worked the way I think it should. With the new voter, we now have the ability to remotely select, disable a site via the Internet, and we can also watch in real time which sites are unsquelched and which site is voted. The voter also provides us with statistics as to how often a site is unsquelched, how often it's voted, and how many minutes and seconds it's voted in the last hour, day, week and month!
In the coming weeks we'll be bringing our fifth site in Branson West online, increasing our power output from 45-Watts into the duplexer to about 250-Watts into the duplexer, and completing fine tuning on the audio from the remote receiver sites. Today, Jim, W7RY, was watching the voter via the Internet and announcing if he was on Republic or Strafford and I was unable to tell a difference by the sound of his voice or hear the voter switching between sites - both major improvements over the last two voters.
We'd like to thank Tom Simmons, N0CSA, and the Webster County ARES group for donating this piece of equipment to the club thus allowing us to make this great improvement on the 6-meter repeater system.
Here is a link to more information about the JPS SNV-12 voter if you'd like to read about it.
James Adkins, KB0NHX
Repeater Trustee - Nixa ARC, Inc. (K0NXA)