Welcome to The Lancaster and Fairfield County Amateur Radio Club's K8QIK repeater information page.
Lancaster Repeater Information
The LFCARC currently operates and maintains repeaters on the 6-meter (53.09 -1mhz), 2-meter (146.70 -6khz and 147.03 +6khz), and 70-centimeter (443.875 +5mhz) bands. The 6-meter and 70-centimeter machines are linked. The use of CTCSS/PL sub-audible tone codes are required. These are 71.9 (for 53.09mhz, 147.03mhz, & 443.875mhz) and 94.8 (146.70mhz).
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During this time the FCC also relaxed some rules that would permit amateurs to use repeaters to “connect” to the local telephone company and place land-line calls via your mobile or hand held. Can you imagine the rush to get your own mobile and hand held radio so as to impress your family and friends how you could make telephone calls from other than your home or office! For the next 25 years ham operators ruled the mobile and portable telephone world until cell phones became popular in the early 90’s. Most days if you were monitoring our local repeater it would be common to hear several phone conversations daily, most which consisted of the ham calling home to see if they needed to stop at the store to pick anything up on the way home.
Several efforts were made in the early 70’s to get a repeater operating in Lancaster. It wasn’t until four club members, John/W8OF (former WB8RON), Jim/WB8RCT, Dave/WD8AOL, and Harvey/WB8DWI formed a group and placed the first repeater on-the-air in 1975 using 146.025+6mhz as the operating channel. After the great blizzard of 1978 the repeater was moved to an abandoned State Patrol transmitter building at the Lancaster City Water Reservoir north of Rising Park on the flat rocks. At this time the frequency was changed to the assigned pair 147.03+6.mhz.
In 1992 the repeater was moved from the old radio building on the south side to the new building on the north side of the reservoir and antennas were moved to the Fairfield County tower. In 2004 the club received a used Motorola Micor repeater which replaced the aging GE radios. In 2008 the County EMA purchased and installed an emergency generator to power all radio equipment at the site. In 2013 a generous club member Carl/WA8HSF donated $1,200 for a new repeater and thus a Yaesu VXR-7000 was purchased and installed. Later in 2013 FMC purchased an 8 channel LDG voter and the Fairfield County EMA donated used Motorola UHF radios which were incorporated into the repeaters. 2013 was the year for many improvements and two aux receiver sites were created, one back at the downtown firehouse #1 and the other in the northwestern part of the county at the residence of Steve/KD8JLA. In 2014 the club hired a tower company to relocate and install several antennas on the 160’ Fairfield County tower. Because of these improvements the range on the clubs main repeater has increased and mostly useable from 35 to 60+ miles from Lancaster. Due to rising expenses and lack of use the auto-patch was removed in 2014.
The ARES repeater is used during any ARES functions and public service support by the club when assisting community activities such as during parades, the Lancaster Festival concerts, and other community events. This site is ideal due to the facilities available including a very good back up power source.
Repeater Support Providers:
• City of Lancaster Fire Department
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