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    Default PL tones? for repeaters

    Do all repeaters require a tone frequency on the carrier in order to activate the repeater? I have an old HW202 (Heathkit, yes I built it myself), and it used to work really well on 34/94 about 25 years ago. Now, I had a Ham friend over and we tested my rig and we can hear the 34/94 repeater 5-9 but cannot key it up. the HW202 is a 10 watter, and swr was reading 2:1 (still need to trim), but I thought it should have worked and so did my ham friend. Any ideas would be welcome.

    I'm just getting back into ham radio after 25 yrs absence, and have to catch up on new stuff.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: PL tones? for repeaters

    Not all repeaters use PL tones, but many (if not most) do.

    I wouldn't worry too much about a 2:1 SWR.

    Where in Oregon is the repeater? I might be able to look it up; from your description it may have been in service for some time.
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    Default Re: PL tones? for repeaters

    Quote Originally Posted by K7KBN
    Not all repeaters use PL tones, but many (if not most) do.

    I wouldn't worry too much about a 2:1 SWR.

    Where in Oregon is the repeater? I might be able to look it up; from your description it may have been in service for some time.
    I attempted to reply to this a few minutes ago, but it disappeared on me, so if you get two messages, you'll understand why.
    Thanks for replying.

    The repeater is the 34/94 repeater on King Mtn, Id is from WA6RHK and services Roseburg, Wolf Creek, Medford Area, and more.
    While I'm not all that concerned with the 2:1 SWR, I will continue to adjust to try and get it lower.

    I took out the SWR meter and used it as a field strength meter. The reading was very low and the meter was only about 6 feet away from the antenna (a wire whip).
    That might have something to do with it.

    In any case, I thank you for your response. I appreciate it.

    Bob
    Spiritsoul
    Formerly WA1OOY

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