The Marple Newtown Amateur Radio Club thanks Dan Amoroso (W3DI), a longtime friend of the club, for his continued support.
By reason of Dan's generosity, the Marple Newtown Amateur Radio Club has access to the W3DI repeaters on the following frequencies:
VHF - downlink: 147.195 MHz, uplink: 147.795 MHz, PL 100.0
UHF - downlink: 442.250 MHz, uplink: 447.250 MHz, PL 131.8
The club conducts a weather and information net daily, starting at 8:30 AM, on these repeaters.
Repeaters are more often than not the first tools that new amateur Technician Class licensees will use to communicate. There is an abundance of low-cost VHF/UHF radios available on the market today, hence the inexpensive entry point for the newly licensed amateur radio operator. The American Radio Relay League has published a detailed treatise on repeaters and is available for download here.
RepeaterBook makes it easy to determine what repeaters are available in your area and anywhere else in the United States.
Using appropriate software, repeaters can also take advantage of the Internet in two relatively popular ways called EchoLink and IRLP.
With the advance of the Internet and digital voice communications, amateur radio operators can now use their UHF/VHF radios to communicate in a variety of ways such as:
The club has access to EchoLink through the VHF repeater. The call sign of EchoLink is N3RJV-L. In addition to reviewing the information provided in the link above, Everyone with an interest in using Echo Link Should also read the EchoLink User's Guide. EchoLink should not be used if you are within radio communication range of the repeater. The club's EchoLink is managed by Mike Vasos, N3RJV. Mike can be contacted via email.
As new licensees become more confident, they may elect to participate in additional activities such as APRS. As the hobby continues to evolve, their interest is sure to follow.