The 147.390 Mhz repeater near Breckenridge resides near the top of Mt. Baldy in Summit County. The elevation at the site is approximately 12,700 feet. The repeater is known for its wide coverage to the north and west. It covers parts of South Park as well, but the coverage to the south isn't as good, with the summit of Mt. Baldy behind the site.
In 2011 & 2012, the site underwent a major overhaul, involving demolishing the old and worn out shack and moving into its place a modular type trailer which is in much better condition to house the equipment. Practically ever piece of equipment at this location, including repeater and antennas have been replaced. Due to noise issues on the old 146.790 frequency, we have been forced to use a new frequency for the time being, on 147.390 and using a different PL tone of 88.5hz instead of the traditional 123hz. John (W0IG) and Dave (KA0YDW) along with several awesome volunteers have spent literally hundreds of man hours and hundreds of dollars worth of fuel making numerous treks to this site over the past 5 years alone to work on the noise issues that have been quite annoying and difficult to troubleshoot. We are quite certain that there is something in the Summit County area putting out interference that has played havoc on our repeater, so we are very grateful to John and Dave for all that they have done, the equipment they have donated, and the "blood sweat and tears" that have been shed to keep one of the most important repeaters on the system up and running. A further update will be placed on this page in 2014 with details pertaining to the type of equipment we are now using up on Baldy.
The old equipment consisted of a GE Master II repeater, with a four port Link Communications RLC-4 controller. The repeater was attached to one port, while a Kenwood commercial UHF transceiver attached to a second port. The UHF transceiver links the site to the 145.310 Mhz repeater at Mt. Thorodin. A GE MVP transceiver attaches to a third port and provides a backup link to the 145.445 Mhz repeater atop Mosquito Pass northeast of Leadville. A second Kenwood commercial UHF link transceiver attaches to the fourth port, giving us a link path to a link radio north of Eagle.
Commercial and solar power are used at this site, with several batteries inside the building. Solar and commercial power keep the batteries charged and the four radios use the batteries when commercial power fails.
Antennas consist of a VHF colinear vertical antenna for the repeater, with a seven element UHF yagi link antennas, and five element VHF yagi link antenna.
The 147.390 Mhz repeater site is accessible via 4 wheel drive between the end of June and mid September. The remainder of the year any access to the site is done on foot or via snowmobile.
To see a full size view of any of the photographs, just click on the small pictures. More photos will be added in 2014
|Dan (KBØLRR) outside the repeater building. TV translators reside inside too. This is the old shack that was torn down in 2011.|
|Three dimensional map of Breckenridge and the surrounding area.||Approximate coverage area of the Breckenridge repeater.|