Dear GOTAhams Members and Friends,
Some exciting news today – The WG6OTA repeater is on the air at 449.160 MHz with a standard -5 MHz offset and a PL tone of 77.0 Hz (plus 77.0 Hz rebroadcast for those using tone squelch). .  These are the same parameters that you may have recently had in your radio for the AE6TV repeater.  And that’s not surprising as Hans had agreed to sell the repeater in-situ to a group of local hams.  There was a repair needed and current supply chain delays really stretched out the time to get the parts needed, but all is well that ends well and WG6OTA is ON THE AIR!   Now we need to hear YOU on the air with the Get On The Air Hams Amateur Radio Club.
Our nightly net has very graciously been hosted for the past couple of months by Burton Brink, N6USO on his 2 meter repeater.   EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, MAY 1ST, OUR NIGHTLY 8PM NETS WILL RETURN TO 70CM ON THE NEWLY RENAMED WG6OTA REPEATER.
For those of you who already had a memory channel programmed for AE6TV, that programming will work fine. Someday when you have the time you can relabel the memory as WG6OTA, but that is only for your own convenience and does not affect the operation of either your radio or the repeater.
If you are a new member of the club who did not previously have that repeater in your radio, feel free to reach out to fellow club members for assistance in programming your radio ahead of Sunday night.
The new repeater has immediate effects on net operation, aside from the frequency change.

  1. effective immediately, we are returning to a full seven day per week schedule at 8PM (excluding only the 2nd Tuesday of each month when we hold our general club membership meeting).
  2. Our IRLP connectivity is restored so that members can join the net from remote locations provided that they have suitable equipment and skills to implement IRLP connectivity.  We had our Club IT Director, Tim, N6DLC back with the GOTAhams from Arizona already today!
  3. MORE GOOD THINGS WILL COME.  Watch the club website GOTAHAMS.com

I’m sure we’d all like to thank Ken, KC6WOK for his extraordinary efforts and contributions in pulling this together.  Also, to Hans, AE6TV, who generously allowed us to use the repeater for over a year and who continues to support us during this transition.  He was with Ken and myself on this trip up the mountain.  And we look forward to the active support of Tim, N6DLC as we further develop the capabilities of this repeater.  Please note that the repeater is NOT the property of the GOTAhams club but is obviously intended to closely support the club’s positive missions and it is an open repeater.

The repeater remains in it’s original site, providing VERY wide coverage from Sunset Ridge just north of Claremont.   It is also the same site as the N6USO repeater we have been using recently.   
And, one more time, our great thanks to Burton Brink N6USO for keeping us ON THE AIR during the recent repeater outage and transition.
SEE YOU ON THE AIR!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

NOTE: we are experiencing some “Growing Pains” concerning audio levels needing readjustment after a controller replacement. this will require a hilltop “Site Visit” with some very sophisticated equipment to adjust the levels. During our overmodulating issues please be aware that most low powered handheld devices sound good but folks with more powerful base and mobile devices will be better served by turning your power down, adjusting your microphone gain below your normal settings and speaking with the microphone to the side and further away from your mouth than typical. Please do not be afraid to ask for a “signal report” and if you have the time to do it during the day prior to the net would help streamline our nightly net. Remember this IS an OPEN repeater, general conversation during the day is promoted so please “Get On The Air” have fun, adjust your settings, enjoy a conversation with other Hams! We will notify folks through club emails and this website when our repeater audio settings have been fully adjusted.

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