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Current Information and News
Posted on October 2, 2017


 THE EAST COAST REFLECTOR AND ALLSTAR BRIDGE 27339/45192 HAS GRANTED ACCESS TO ECHOLINK USERS THAT MEET THE FOLLOWING.

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* ARE REPEATERS OR LINKS {R's or L's ONLY}

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* HAVE NO COURTESY TONES BEING SENT TO THE REFLECTOR.

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* HAVE NO ID's BEING SENT TO THE REFLECTOR.

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* HAVE NO CONNECT OR DISCONNECT MESSAGES BEING SENT TO THE REFLECTOR.

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* HAVE YOUR AUDIO ADJUSTED CORRECTLY.

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* YOU ARE TALKING ON A RADIO INTO A REPEATER OR LINK RADIO. {NOT ON A SMARTPHONE OR COMPUTER}

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* YOU MAY CONNECT THROUGH ECHOLINK NUMBER 57780.

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* ANY NODE FAILING ANY OF THE ABOVE WILL BE PLACED ON OUR BAN LIST UNTIL SUCH TIME AS YOUR PROBLEM IS CORRECTED.

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* OUR CONTROL STATIONS WILL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH ANYONE NEEDING HELP TO MEET ANY OR ALL OF THE ABOVE.

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K4FC IRLP NODE 8284, FREQUENCY 442.900 PL 103.5 Hz IN LEESBURG, FLORIDA IS BACK ON LINE AS OF 09.02.17

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W4HSV REPEATER IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, IRLP NODE 8087, 146.940 PL 100.0 IN FULL TIME ON THE REFLECTOR AS OF 08.25.17

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IF YOU ARE A DMR+ USER YOU CAN CONNECT TO 9050 THROUGH ILLINOIS DMR TALK GROUP NUMBER 4635.

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W2PW NODE 4700 FREQUENCY 444.700 IN HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK IS BACK ON THE REFLECTOR WITH LIMITED COVERAGE.

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WA2CBS NODE 8232 FREQUENCY 445.075 IN NEW YORK CITY IS OFF LINE DO TO A POWER AMP FAILURE AND MAY NOT RETURN.

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W4DG NODE 4464 FREQUENCY 146.535 PL 146.2 Hz SIMPLEX IN HUDSON, FLORIDA HAS UPGRADED ITS COVERAGE AREA.


KN2R REPEATER SYSTEM IN CAPE CORAL SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REPEATERS ARE 444.725 AND 146.610 BOTH USING PL 136.5 Hz.

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ORLANDO REPEATERS FULLTIME ON THE REFLECTOR ARE. 444.800 (I-4 & 408 DOWNTOWN) 443.650 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS BOTH PL 103.5Hz.

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KJ4QAL AND N1DOT HAS YAESU WIRES-X CONFERENCE ROOM 21044 BRIDGED ON TUESDAY NIGHTS FOR THE TECH NET FROM 8-10 EST.

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT ALLSTAR NODE IS TALKING YOU MAY CLICK ON THE "ALLSTAR MONITOR" ICON ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PAGE. THEN CLICK ON "BRIDGES" TO SEE ALL CONNECTED CONNECTED. TO SEE THE BUBBLE CHART CLICK ON "ALLSTAR STATUS".

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IF YOUR IRLP, ALLSTAR OR ECHOLINK NODE HAS BEEN BLOCKED AND YOU HAVE CORRECTED THE ISSUE FOR THE BLOCK, CONTACT ONE OF THE BELOW CONTROL OPERATORS TO HAVE YOUR BLOCK REMOVED.

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WB2JPQ, KN2R, WA2UPK, WB4IVB.

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To AllStar Sysops,

The ACID release of AllStar always provided a very, very stable Bridge.  However the DIAL release had some stability issues.  We are now no longer running DIAL.  
We have gone back to the ACID release of AllStar for the current Bridge.  As you may have noticed the Bridge is again stable once more!

We would still like to ask all AllStar Sysops to conntinue to adjust their connect parameters when connecting to the ECR Bridge 27339, and connect using the "Permanent Connect" option (ilink,13 instead of ilink,3).  This will insure that your node will reconnect, immediately and automatically, if the Bridge ever crashes.

Thank you,
Paul/KN2R


TECH Net Reminder
Posted on September 1, 2017

The East Coast Reflector Tech Net meets every Tuesday night on channel 0 of the 905 reflector at 8:00 EST and runs until 10:00 PM. The net is a team effort, we encourage everyone to get involved with or without a question. You may not have a question but very well might have the answer to someone else’s question. 

If anyone is working on an amateur radio related project and would like to share it with the net, please let us know and we will set time aside time for your presentation.

You may also access the net through our Allstar bridge number 27339 or backup bridge 45192. If you are a WIRES X user you can connect through KJ4QAL’s Yaesu WIRES-X conference room number 21044.

Welcome to the East Coast Reflector
Posted on August 31, 2017

The INTERNET RADIO LINKING PROJECT, IRLP Reflector 9050 provides the means for linking multiple amateur radio repeaters and simplex radios together using Voice-Over-IP software and the internet. IRLP makes interfacing a RADIO or REPEATER to the world simple and cost effective while “KEEPING THE RADIO IN AMATEUR RADIO”.

Our system runs on a large network called a reflector hosted in a data center in Michigan. The reflector is also connected full time to our Allstar bridge number 27339 or our backup bridge 45192 making bridging between IRLP and Allstar transparent to our users. If you are an Allstar user with a RADIO connected to your node and not using the Allstar Client you are welcome to connect. If you are on Echolink using a repeater or simplex node you can connect through 57780. You must be on a radio, not a computer or smartphone.

The reflector has requirements that must be met to maintain a high quality sounding audio. The reflector administrators are available to work with any repeater or simplex node owner to help resolve interfacing or audio issues.

We encourage repeater and simplex node owners to connect on a full time bases and become part of our core group of users.

Enjoy the reflector,

WB2JPQ 


WB4IVB - Arcom 210 Repeater Controller with the Yaesu Fusion DR-1X Repeater
Posted on October 11, 2014

I recently installed an Arcom 210 Repeater Controller with the Yaesu Fusion DR-1X Repeater. Adding an external controller to the DR-1X offers capabilities that the stock internal controller does not support.
 
Discriminator Audio from the DB15 connector on the DR-1X is un-filtered. This audio is ideal for feeding to a controller receiver audio input but some filtering of low frequency audio is necessary. I used the Arcom ADR interface which employs a Communications Specialist TS-64-DS Encoder/Decoder, but I was disappointed in the decoder portion of the TS-64-DS to provide adequate filtering of the received CTCSS from a repeater users radio. The presence of a CTCSS signal beyond the decoder circuit of a receiver is just an annoyance and can distort voice audio. 

Dick, WB2JPQ, has used CTCSS Filters for many years on his equipment with good success, so I decided to install one inside the Arcom.
 
I chose to use a General Electric Channel Guard Filter Board which was used in GE Mastr II stations.  The GE Part Number is 19C3206271. By the way Channel Guard is just a trademark name of GE for CTCSS. Motorola Micor filtering is done within the CTCSS Decoder that plugs into the Audio/Squelch Board.  The Micor Mobile and Station used the board. The Motorola trademark name being Private Line (PL).  Or, if you prefer to dig really deep in an old commercial two-way junk box you may use an RCA CTCSS Filter.   The RCA trademark name being "Quiet Channel".  All boards are High Pass Filters designed to attenuate low frequency audio in the CTCSS frequency range (67-250 Hz).
 
The GE Filter Board has two Molex connectors which were designed to plug-in to the station Audio Board.  These Filter Boards were also using in GE Auxiliary Receivers. Same GE part number as the station.  I removed the two Molex connectors and soldered wires directly to the board. The idea is to install the filter board in the audio path between the receiver audio and the controller receiver audio input.
 
Many repeater controllers including the RC210 have an Audio Delay Board connection header. This is an excellent place to connect the Filter Board. If you are not using an Audio Delay Board with your controller, simply connect the Filter Board Input to Discriminator Audio, Filter Board Output to Repeat Audio, and +12 Volts and Ground. Of course if there is no Delay Board

installed on the controller there will be a Jumper in place to connect Disc Audio to Repeat Audio.  This Jumper is removed, and the Filter Board is connected.  Although there are no adjustments on the filter board, I recommend that you do check the levels before and after installing the board and adjust if necessary.
 
If you are using an Audio Delay Board you want to connect the Filter Board Input to Receiver Discriminator Audio and the Filter Board Output to "Audio Input" of the Delay Board. Then make the necessary connections for +12 volts and ground. This ensures that the CTCSS is filtered before entering the audio delay circuitry.
 
On the Arcom RC210 Controller, the Port One Audio Delay Header is JP10.  Pin1 +12volts, Pin2 Discriminator Audio,  Pin3 Repeat Audio, Pin4 Ground. COS remains on Pin5.  Again, if you do not have an Audio Board installed you will find a Jumper from Pin2 to Pin3 which completes the audio path in the absence of an Audio Delay Board.
 
I used a piece of 1/16" Plexaglass to mount the GE Board.  I drilled four holes to match the existing mounts for an optional AutoPatch Board in the RC210 enclosure.  There are two three pin Molex plugs on the GE board that I removed.   One side, marked J1 Pin 1 is the Audio Input. There are two other solder pads at J1, but there are no circuit board traces connected.

The three pin Molex at J1 was used for mechanical support.   The opposite side is J2.  J2-1 is +10VDC (12 VDC is okay to use) J2-2 is Ground,and J2-3 is Audio Output. 
 
I made a wiring harness and incorporated it with the Audio Delay Board so there was no direct soldering to the Controller Delay    Board or the Controller Header pins. Direct soldering to the GE Filter Board is fine, but do not solder to the controller or audio delay board pins.

Molex Connectors and Pins are available from Mouser,  Digi-Key, or your favorite supplier, and makes a neat appearance. If you need part numbers feel free to contact me. 

The GE board, or others I mentioned, can be used with any repeater controller or any audio path where low frequency attenuation is desirable.  The filter boards are relativity small and could be mounted within an IRLP computer or fit nicely in small enclosures.



PL Filter PL Filter

Henry Hamblin
WB4IVB


   
IRLP Reflector 9050 Status
Posted on August 6, 2014


Select the below link or the side navigation bar "Reflector 9050 Status" link to access the IRLP Reflector 9050 Status. All connected IRLP nodes on the IRLP Reflector 9050 will be displayed. If you click on the Node column you can get more detailed Node information from IRLP.NET. If you click on any column header you can sort Node information in descending or ascending order.



AE7I - IRLP 9050 Reflector Repeater
Posted on August 5, 2014


Thanks AE7I for this video of one of your repeater sites on the IRLP 9050 Reflector.


East Coast Reflector Repeater Pictures
Posted on August 1, 2014


The East Coast Reflector Web Site is looking for 9050 repeater operators and owners to supply us with pictures of your facilities and staff.    These pictures will be posted on our Media Photo Gallery page.


Proceed to the Contact page and click on the "General questions on East Coast 9050 Reflector and IRLP" email link and include your images along with all other relevant information regarding your repeater system in the email as well. Looking forward to seeing your repeater snapshots on the East Coast Reflector Web Site!