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Equipment Needed for System
We use a variety of legacy equipment for our system. GE, Henry, Kenwood, Motorola, Tait, Vertex.
What we need mostly is the Motorola GM-300 or M120 UHF, 25 or 40 Watt radios with the 16 pin accessory that will program in the Amateur UHF Band for linking. See description below:
MOTOROLA M SERIES RADIOS
with 16 pin option connector
GM300, MAXTRAC, M120. You must make sure the radio has a 16 pin option connector. The 5 pin radios DO NOT have COS at the plug .
GM300 shown here
Pin-Outs for ALL Motorola 16 pin radios
TX audio in=2 * a 10UF Non-polarized DC blocking cap in series may be required
PTT = 3
Gnd = 7
COS = 8 active low on carrier or valid PL
NOTE: on 16 & 32 ch models, this pin is
programmable for other functions
RX audio out = 11
As long as the microphone is inserted and hung up on the clip, the PL will be enabled. To operate the node without a microphone plugged in, make an RJ45 mic plug shorting the PL line (PIN 3) to ground (PIN 4). To enable the front panel speaker, jumper 15 to 16
On most of the Maxtrac radios, the feature which forces PL to be enabled when the microphone is hung up (clip button on back of microphone grounded) can be DISABLED when programming the radio. This is under the radio-wide options screen along with the TX timeout value which can be set to OFF. Neither of these are default settings. TNX Bob AC0KC
We also use GE Mastr II Euipment as well, so VHF and UHF parts for this equipment we use as well. Especially UHF 50 Watt + Power Amplifiers, 50 Amp linear power supplies and Band Pass / Band Reject Duplexors and associated equipment.
We use commercial UHF Yagis, usually 5 and 6 elements.
Surplus Coaxial feed line, Heliax 1/2, 7/8 etc.
We use Micro Computer Concepts RC-100, CAT and ARCOMM RC-210 repeater controllers.
Advance Receiver Research, P432VDG AR2 GaAsFET pre amps.
Henry, GE, TPL and Motorola Power Amplifiers.
UPS Sealed Lead acid 12 volt batteries 100ah
Battery backup systems including any solar panels
We are always looking for tower space, abandoned or not in use UHF antenna systems, equipment, etc.
We could use locations to compliment the system presently in the Wake Forrest-Youngsville area to cover Falls Lake, Areas in Sanford, Pittsboro and Newton Grove are needed. We also welcome anyone with UHF repeaters in NC, Virginia that would like to be a part of the Carolina 440 network, full time or on demand.
We are also desiring partnership in Amateur Emergency Communications with any Communications Company or State Agency to achieve statewide communications in NC. Looking for tower sites, microwave systems and or legacy equipment.
Examples of this is the State of Florida SARnet or SC HEARTS systems.
SARnet info: https://www.sarnetfl.com/
SC HEARTS info: http://scheart.us/
Please give us a call or e mail and we would be glad to explain how this could be done if you are interested.
SECN has liability Insurance policy from Mercer Insurance Company to cover site work on our systems.
Technical knowledge on two-way radio and IT experience to offer
Tower Riggers with Certifications and working relationship with a variety of Tower Companies.
Surplus UHF equipment