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KDØCI - Ogilvie Minnesota

Kanabec County's Emergency Repeater

147.240 MHz - PL 146.2 Hz

KDØCI - Ogilvie Minnesota 

Kanabec County's Open and Friendly Repeater

ABOUT THE REPEATER:

Supported by:

The Mora Open Repeater Association

Hosted by:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation

Sponsored by:

Kanabec County Emergency Management

Custodian & Call Sign Trustee:

Kenny Broshofske, KJ9W

Repeater Engineer:

Jerry Whitaker, WBØOFB

Lena Lake Skywarn & MORA Tuesday Evening Net UHF Link:

Kanabec County Skywarn Net to Duluth [Under Construction]

Milaca Hospital Net UHF Link:

Central Minnesota Regional Hospital Net to St Cloud [Under Construction]

REPEATER COVERAGE: 

KDØCI Repeater Coverage Map - Courtesy of RepeaterBook

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HISTORY:

At 11:30 AM on Thursday August 21st 2008, after a year and a half of planning, the Kanabec County Amateur Radio VHF Repeater came on line at the old [and since demolished] County Radio Tower located 4 miles north of Ogilvie Minnesota along Highway 47. 

The original plans included a Skywarn Link to Duluth and a Hospital Net Link into St Cloud, and until recently lack of resources put those plans on hold. Currently, the Skywarn Net UHF Link at Lena Lake in Pine County and the Central Minnesota Regional Hospital Net UHF Link at Milaca are under construction.

When repeater operations began, Kenny Broshofske was asked to act as Custodian. As a result, the repeater was assigned his call sign - which at that time was KDØCI.

During May of 2013, the repeater was relocated to a new and improved site 5 miles north of Ogilvie, resulting in improved coverage across Kanabec and surrounding counties.

On August 22nd 2013, the call sign of the repeater was changed to KJ9W to correspond with Broshofske's own call sign change. This change was considered to be temporary until the Mora Open Repeater Association could acquire its own call sign. 

On August 6th 2015, the KDØCI call sign became available for assignment as a Vanity Call in the Federal Communications Commission's database. On October 10th, the Mora Open Repeater Association filed an application to acquire KDØCI as its club call sign, and on October 23rd, the FCC officially approved the application.

On January 14th 2016, the KDØCI call sign once again became the ID for the repeater under MORA sponsorship, with Broshofske continuing to serve as Repeater Custodian and Call Sign Trustee.

The primary purpose of the repeater is to provide emergency backup communications for Kanabec County, facilitate Skywarn Spotter activity across the repeater coverage area, and enable general communications for radio amateurs.

During normal propagation conditions, mobile coverage is very good for up to 35 miles from the repeater site in all directions, while basic home station access is considered reliable from as far away as Aitkin and McGregor to the north, Danbury and Siren Wisconsin to the east, the northern suburbs of the Twin City Metro area to the south, and St Cloud and Little Falls to the west.

The repeater is shielded to the southeast to protect the 147.240 repeater near Eau Claire Wisconsin.

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KEØACL - Duxbury Minnesota

Pine County's Emergency Repeater

146.910 MHz - PL 146.2 Hz

ABOUT THE REPEATER:

Supported by:

Pine County ARES

Hosted by:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation

Sponsored by:

Pine County Emergency Management

Custodian & Call Sign Trustee:

Patrick Story, WØMCQ

Repeater Engineer:

Jerry Whitaker, WBØOFB

Lena Lake Skywarn & MORA Tuesday Evening Net UHF Link:

Kanabec County Skywarn Net to Duluth [Under Construction]

REPEATER COVERAGE: 

KEØACL Repeater Coverage Map - Courtesy of RepeaterBook

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 SKYWARN®  NET LINK 

ABOUT THIS LINK:

The Kanabec Area Skywarn Link is a VHF/UHF Link located at Lena Lake.Its primary purpose is to connect the KDØCI Repeater at Ogilvie to the KCØACL Repeater at Duxbury for providing Skywarn Spotter information and support to Pine County and the Duluth office of the National Weather Service during Skywarn Activation.

This link will also be activated during the MORA Tuesday Evening Repeater Net, providing extended coverage of the net across Pine County, and into portions of Northwest Wisconsin.

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 HOSPITAL NET LINK 

ABOUT THIS LINK:

The East Central Hospital Net Link is a VHF/UHF link located at Milaca. Its only purpose is to connect the KDØCI Repeater at Ogilvie to the WØSV Repeater at Collegeville (St Cloud) which is the main hub of the Central Minnesota Regional Hospital Net. This link would provide access to the net for stations in Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine and Chisago Counties that are not able to directly access the Collegeville repeater due either to distance, or limited transmission capabilities. This link would only be active during the Central Minnesota Regional Hospital Net.

LATEST NEWS: As of October 21st 2018

 

SIMULATED HOSPITAL LINK TESTING

Simulated Testing of the Ogilvie to Milaca leg of the East Central Minnesota Hospital Net Link will continue until at least the end of this year - unless the project is completed. Recent testing to determine the outcome of recent repeater maintenance has been marginally successful.

During routine maintenance on Thursday May 10th, the Outboard Receive Pre-Amplifier Module in the Ogilvie Repeater was removed in order to determine the source of additional "noise" from weak and distant signals. Since late this past winter, this noise" has been showing up on marginal signals trying to access the repeater. The Pre-Amp was suspected as being a possible source of the noise, and indeed it was found to be the problem. Since it was removed, weak and distant signals have been much clearer. The only thing that is yet to be completely determined is whether or not far distant signals such as those in Chisago and Pine County Hospitals can still access the repeater.

With the Fairview Hospital in Wyoming Minnesota having successfully accessed the Ogilvie repeater during the Simulated Linking Test on Wednesday October 3rd, the conclusion was made that the Pre-Amp will not be replaced. 

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The new Kanabec Area Skywarn "stand alone" website was officially released in March 2019, and the transfer of the domain from its creator Jason Becht, KEØBMA, to Kanabec Area Skywarn Coordinator Marc Johnson, KDØTCR has been completed.

The new Skywarn website has been updated and includes Skywarn information previously posted on the MORA website.

With Kanabec Area Skywarn having it's own website, MORA has started reconstructing its former Skywarn page into an exclusive Repeater page, which includes a link to the new Skywarn site. Reconfiguration of this page is now underway.

To visit the new Kanabec Area Skywarn site, click on the Kanabec Area Skywarn banner above.

OTHER REPEATERS IN OUR AREA :

2 METERS

ASKOV: NØJOL - 146.995 MHz, PL 146.2 (Fusion - No PL)

FORESTON: NØGOI - 146.745 MHz, PL 107.2 Hz

GIESE: KBØQYC - 146.865 MHz, PL 146.2 Hz

ISANTI (CAMBRIDGE): NØJOL - 146.640 MHz, PL 146.2 Hz

ISLE: WØREA - 146.610 MHz, PL 141.3 Hz

MAHTOWA: WØGKP - 147.000 MHz, PL 103.5 Hz

MILACA: KDØJOU - 145.350 MHz, PL 141.3 Hz

PRINCETON: KØSCA - 146.775 MHz, PL 146.2 Hz

RUSH CITY: KØECM - 145.330 MHz, PL 146.2 Hz

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LOCAL REPEATER ON AIR STATUS

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KANABEC COUNTY

KDØCI - Ogilvie 147.240 MHz - PL 146.2 Hz 

ON THE AIR 

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PINE COUNTY

KEØACL - Duxbury

146.910 MHz - PL 146.2 Hz

ON THE AIR 

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MILLE LACS COUNTY

NØGOI - Foreston

146.745 MHz - PL 107.2 Hz

OFF THE AIR

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WHAT IS AMATEUR RADIO?
Written by KDØCI, [now KJ9W], this article provides a brief description in the simplest way possible what our hobby is all about.
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