Tuesday, December 01, 2020

FCC Public Notice: Two-way vhf/uhf radios may not be imported, advertised, or sold in the united states unless they comply with the commission’s rules.

Amateur Radio Exception. There is one exception to this certification requirement: if a device is capable of operating only on frequencies that the FCC has allocated for use by Amateur Radio Service licensees, it does not require FCC equipment authorisation, and an amateur licensee may use his or her license to operate such radios.

Hello Friends!

Echolink and Allstar has just been moved over to a new server. Please let us know if you find any issues.

The Lake Simcoe Repeater Association is pleased to announce the commissioning of their first 220 Mhz analog FM repeater. It is an experimental system located at Edgar ON.

VE3LSR 220 can be found at: 224.900- Mhz. 220 has been referred to by some as the magic band. It has the quiet aspects of UHF, but it has the coverage aspects of 2M.

We are interested in hearing your signal reports. We are experiencing some issues with the dual bay antenna - it has an SWR issue and the antenna is only up 100 feet / 30 meters. We are awaiting resources to get the SWR issue addressed. We will advise when it is rectified. We have no plans at this time to raise the antenna.

The repeater is a Bridgecom BCR-220 unit running about 30 watts. It is connected to the larger LSR repeater VOIP framework, but we have not enabled crossover connectivity to the other systems at the Edgar site. We have done some preliminary tests and despite some challenging antenna condtions, we have been pleased with the coverage patterns we have recorded.

Please have a look around on this and other systems active at VE3LSR. We hope to hear you on one of our system. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Welcome to LSR 220.

Wow, there has been a LOT of work in the background for LSR this past month.

A few months ago, one of the machines was rebuilt and a virtual machine server. This past month, things have been migrated and rebuilt. We have a bunch of things to look forward to soon:

New email server
- This will allow members to have email stored at LSR and access it remotely via web or mail clients. We also retain the ability to forward LSR emails to other email accounts

New Mailing List Server
- This allows members and non-members to interact via emails. This is a subscription based service, so you can sign up, or unregister yourself from these. There will be lots of topics available. Public mailing lists will also have the histories available on the web

New Wiki
- This will be the place for documentation and how-to's. This will require authorization to edit, but we welcome people to request access and write articles on how to do things in the community.

There's a bunch more things coming down the pipes. Keep an eye here, and on the website as we move forward into 2018!