UPDATE 2020-03-17: On March 17, 2020, after a search to find an approved climber, the ACARA’s 145.15 MHz repeater antenna and feedline was successfully moved from the tower owned by ATC to the tower owned by Athens County 9-1-1. The work was performed by an Athens-based company, Intelliwave. At the same time, the repeater itself was moved from the ACARA’s building beneath the ATC tower to the 9-1-1 Center’s climate-controlled building beneath the 9-1-1 tower. The ACARA’s 145.15 MHz repeater is now a Yaesu DR-2X System Fusion repeater which operates in both analog FM and C4FM digital modes.
The ACARA wishes to thank everyone who donated to the Repeater Relocation Fund!
UPDATE 2017-12-20: ACARA member and former ACARA president Drew McDaniel, W8MHV, has made an unprecedented and very generous offer: Drew will match donations to the Repeater Relocation Fund up to a maximum of $1,500. This means if ACARA members can collectively donate $1,500 to the Fund, Drew’s match of $1,500 will take the ACARA to the $3,000 expected to be needed for the relocation of the repeater antenna.
UPDATE 2017-12-06: Since the ACARA is a 501(c)(3) organizations, donations to the repeater relocation fund are tax deductible. (Regular dues payments are not tax deductible.)
As you are probably aware, circumstances are forcing the Athens County Amateur Radio Association (ACARA) to relocate the 145.15MHz repeater from its current location on the tower owned by American Tower to the Athens County 9-1-1 tower located on the same Peach Ridge Road site. This move must happen this month (December, 2017) and will happen as soon as we can find and schedule a tower-climber.
We expect the removal of the repeater antenna and feedline from the American Tower tower and the installation of the same antenna and feedline on the 9-1-1 tower to cost $3,000, if not more.
As of the November 21 ACARA meeting, the ACARA treasury contains just over $855. Membership dues for 2018 are coming due but, unfortunately, the ACARA doesn’t have nearly enough paying members for incoming dues to increase the treasury to $3,000. Hence, I’m asking for help.
As president of the ACARA, I’m asking all members who can do so to donate generously to an ACARA repeater relocation fund. You may contact the ACARA Treasurer, Jim Crouse, KC8OVB, at email@example.com or 740-593-3904 to make a donation. You may also send the donation via
PayPal (http://www.paypal.com/) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll forward the donation to the Treasurer.
I thank you in advance for your generosity.
Eric McFadden, WD8RIF
President, Athens County Amateur Radio Association