146.86 and 442.50 on the air! Work Completed!

146.86 and 442.50 are now back on the air!

The 146.86 repeater now enjoys a nice continuous run of 1-5/8″ hardline to its DB-224E antenna at 367-386ft on the WBPN tower.

The 442.50 repeater also has a new run of 7/8″ hardline to its DB-408B antenna.
Here is a picture of the new, installed DB-224E for 146.86:

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With the above picture, it’s hard to put into perspective where our antenna is on the tower.
Here is another shot which should provide some perspective (antenna circled in red):

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Try it out! Let us know!

We’ve already been getting many reports that the 146.86 repeater is reaching further than before, hearing better than before, and is experiencing no intermittent noise and interference.

We are eager to hear about your experiences! Please send your reports as you’re able! Feel free to email them to cherrylandarc@gmail.com


Special thanks go to:
Jim Marco, Chief Engineer, WPBN-GTU
John Martin, Engineer, CMU
The entire crew at Northern Tower
EVERYONE who donated to help fund this project!! THANK YOU!

2016 Swap-N-Shop! Feb 13, 2016 – 8am-noon! Traverse City MI

2016 CARC Swap-N-Shop!


2016 CARC Swap-N-Shop!
SATURDAY February 13th, 2016
Traverse City, MI
8am – noon

Immaculate Conception Elementary School
218 Vine Street Traverse City, MI 49684

Admission $5
Tables $8

Talk-in 146.860- PL114.8 / YSF Digital

Friday Night Pre-Swap Eyeball QSO Gathering 6-7 p.m. at the Traverse City Elks Club #323 625 Bay Street, near the US-31/M-72 junction.
Cash bar and food available
Early set-up available for vendors following the gathering.

For information or table reservations, contact Joe Novak W8TVT at 231.947.8555


Need a New Hand Held Ham Radio? $32

Yes – $32.  Cherryland ARC has planned to keep a steady supply of Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF Ham radios available for purchase at our monthly meetings and events.  This is a great beginner/backup radio pre-programmed for repeaters from Muskegon to Mackinaw Bridge (120 channels).  This radio has the extended 3800 mAh battery which lengthens the radio and gives it a solid feel.  We purchase them from Amazon, program and charge them, and sell them at cost.  If you are interested in Ham Radio (the club can help you to get your Technician license) or a “been-there-done-that” Ham operator, this is a great deal.  The radio package includes:

  • Our Version of a Quick Start Guide and Suggested Accessories
  • Printed List of 120 Local Repeaters Programmed into the Radio
  • Printed List of the Radios Menu Options
  • The ability to listen to local police and fire
  • NOAA Weather Stations Included

But wait, there’s more.  For $11, you can purchase a 15 inch antenna which greatly improves the receive-transmission capabilities.

You can just buy them at the meetings or send an email to cherrylandarc@gmail.com to reserve one for you.

Glen K8SGZ

Cherryland ARC Lecture Series

Missed the monthly Cherryland ARC meeting?  Catch the monthly lectures:

  • County Hunters – May 2015 Lecture – click here.
  • Mike Flynn KC8GW – April 2015 Lecture on Yaesu SystemFusion – click here.
  • Mike Leger W8PQ – March 2015 Lecture on Antenna Modeling – click here.
  • Chris Parrish KD8MTT – February 2015 Lecture on J Pole Antennas – click here.
  • Warren Lange W8KAN – September 2015 written lecture notes – click here.
  • Scott Rought – January 2016 Lecture on QRP – click here.