In 1980, the
Sand Hills Amateur Radio Club decided to sponsor a repeater in Scott City.
It was also decided to raise most of the money for the repeater in Scott
City. Sam, WØOAG, and Andy, WØZUX, called on about 20 local businessmen
and Professional people and asked for donations of $200 each. Many gave
that much, and with the help of other members of the club $2,427 was
raised. A coordinated frequency of 146.100/146.700 was obtained.
Communications SCR1000 repeater was purchased. The station was set up one
mile west of Scott City at the Wheatland Electric Power Plant, where it
operates from today. Besides the usual Duplexer, a combiner or diplexer
was also purchased. This allowed us to use the Wheatland Coax and antenna.
The duplexer is a DB-4060 and the combiner is a DB-4055. The power
calculated at ERP of 54 watts with a 30-watt input and a gain of 2.6 db.
The repeater was
placed on the air on February 3, 1981 with the call of WØZUX/R. It was
noted that all Garden City stations reported weak signals. We were unable
to contact Syracuse. To obtain better coverage of this area, the combiner
was removed in November of 1984, and the repeater was place on a coax and
antenna of its own. This increased the signal strength in the fringe
Down time has
been a minimum. It was down about a week in 1981 (transmitter IC was bad),
1 day in 1984 and 1 day in 1985. The last two times were due to an
intermittent transistor in the receiver. At the present time coverage
includes all Scott County, east to Dighton, west to Leoti, south to Garden
and north to about the Smokey Hill river.