The Oakville Amateur Radio Club owns and operates two voice repeaters and an Echolink node located at Latitude N 43 28.150, Longitude W 079 41.625 (Trafalgar Road and Marlborough Court just north of the QEW on Trafalgar Rd), at an antenna height of 500 feet above mean sea level.
All the equipment at the site is connected to the emergency power back up of the apartment building generator.
The club call is VE3HB; repeater callsign is VE3OAK; the echolink callsign is VE3OBP and is remotely linked to the vhf repeater.
VHF Repeater: Tx 147.015 Rx 147.615 Mhz. CTCSS 131.8 tone.
The VHF repeater is made from a Johnson Fleetwood mobile radio with the transmitter output at about 28 watts. An
S-Com 7K repeater controller with speech synthesis module and phone patch module make for the smarts of the
repeater. A Sinclair duplexer is used for combining the Tx and Rx feeding 80 feet of cable to a 2 bay Sinclair SRL-210C-2 mono band antenna.
UHF Repeater: Tx 444.325 Rx 449.325 Mhz. CTCSS 131.8 tone.
The UHF repeater operates at approximately 15 watts.
A S-Com 5K repeater controller makes the smarts for the machine. A Sinclair duplexer is used for combining the Rx and
Tx feeding about 80 feet of cable to a 4 bay Sinclair SRL-310C-4HD antenna.
As of 2000, the club also has an APRS digipeater at the repeater site operating on the national APRS frequency. There club also operates the "oakville lan" packet node on 145.75 Mhz at the repeater site.
Ham radio club meetings "on the air" are called "Nets". Oakville ARES group holds a weekly net on the 147.015 Mhz VE3OAK VHF repeater at 19:30 hrs local time on Monday nights. Our ARES partners at the Halton Region Emergency Communications Team (HRECT) also hold a weekly net on the 147.345 Mhz VE3OBP repeater, which is also our regional Canwarn severe weather spotting repeater.