W4BS Repeater System Trustee:
Barry McDonald W5CJ
146.82- (102.7 PL)
As the first repeater that the club put on the air, this machine is the anchor of the W4BS Repeater System. This repeater is well known for it's great coverage pattern in the tri-state area. It resides at approximately the 500 ft. level of the 1200 ft. WPTY TV tower, and is located in Brunswick, TN in the northeastern part of Shelby County, TN. The move to this site occurred in July 1999 when the WPTY transmitter moved to Brunswick. Antenna and heliax were upgraded at the time of the move and the location on the tower was changed to West as opposed to South side on the old site. This greatly increased the range of the repeater to the North and West. The repeater was upgraded to a Motorola Micor unit with an ACC-850 Repeater Controller. The repeater is fed thru commercial grade duplexers and 1-5/8" hardline to a Sinclair SA-224 Antenna. An Icom FR3000 repeater with a CAT250 controller was installed in 2010. The coverage and reliability of this repeater is the primary reason that, in 1994, the National Weather Service - Memphis office asked the club's permission to use the 146.82 repeater as the primary repeater for their newly organized Skywarn Program. The Memphis NWS office is responsible for watches and warnings for 57 counties in four states. Click the frequency link at the beginning of this paragraph to see pictures from the site.
147.360+ (107.2 PL)
This repeater was put on the air about 2001 in an effort to take some of the normal chit-chat traffic off the popular 146.82 machine. It is a "no frills" repeater located atop Methodist Hospital North. There was an enormous amount of paging intermod at the original location but the Methodist North location seems to be relatively free from that type of interference. The "36" repeater first used a Spectrum transmitter and receiver. In 2011 the Spectrum was replaced with an Icom FR3000 with a CAT250 controller. This repeater requires a 107.2 PL tone.
Through the generosity of Methodist Hospital North, the 224.42 W4BS repeater has a home. Methodist North is located at one of the highest geographical locations in Shelby County. While the building itself is not that tall, we feel that the location, due to it's ground elevation, will afford great coverage for this repeater. The 220 machine is one of four on this band in the Mid-South area. In the last six years over 100 local hams now have radios for 220. This repeater is an alternate for the Monday 8:30pm net on 224.78. The 1.25 meter frequency is probably one of the most widely used VHF bands in the Mid-South area.
443.200+ (107.2 PL)
This repeater is centrally located around the University of Memphis main campus. It originally had an ACC-85 controller, the forerunner of the 850, until a lightning strike made it unrepairable. Then there was a Motorola MSR2000 repeater with a CAT 1000 controller. Currently, there is an Icom FR4000 repeater with a CAT250 controller and a Phelps Dodge Station Master antenna, that provides club members a good 440 drive time machine. Note: This repeater requires a 107.2 PL tone.
146.625- (107.2 PL)
This is our newest repeater, located on top of the water tower in Germantown, TN. It does require a PL tone of 107.2 for access. More information on this repeater to come soon.