Buffalo Amateur Radio Repeater Association
The BARRA Repeaters at a Glance
FreqOffsetCallLocationPL or other notes
29.68
(-)
WB2JQKBoston, NYPL 107.2 Hz
145.17
(-)
K2ISOWethersfield, NY 
146.73
(-)
KD2GBRWheatfield, NYD-Star DV
146.91
(-)
W2EUPBoston, NY 
147.00
(+)
K2LEDKenmore, NYPL 107.2 Hz
224.82
(-)
W2EUPBoston, NY 
442.00
(+)
WR2AHLWethersfield, NYPL 110.9 Hz
444.00
(+)
WA2HKSBuffalo, NY 
444.75
(+)
WB2DSSKenmore, NYPL 151.4 Hz
444.8375
(+)
KD2GBRWheatfield, NYD-Star DV




The BARRA Repeaters In-Depth:


W2EUP/R 146.91 & 224.82

Located on club-owned property in the town of Boston, NY, this system is all solid-state, computer controlled and is powered by 12 volts DC, derived from commercial mains and backed up by batteries.

The microprocessor-based computer system was designed, constructed, and programmed by club members, controlling all equipment at the site. The Boston site is the switching hub for all repeater links between BARRA repeaters and outside systems. Elevation is 1,640 feet above sea level and there are two 100-foot self-supporting towers on the site.

The 146.31/91 repeater and the 223.22/224.82 machine are housed at this site and are home-brew units, each consisting of GLB Electronics assemblies.  Also located at this site is the receiver for the WB2JQK 29.68 10 meter repeater.  All machines at this site can be linked together, as well as to the WA2HKS (444.00) repeater.  The on-site computer system provides an extremely flexible linking system to all repeaters connected through it.

Click for a great view from the east tower taken by BARRA member N2ZDU during the summer of 2005.  Click on the site picture at left for a full-size (640K) view of the shack and west tower, and the Field Day 2005 gang hard at work.




KD2GBR 146.13/73 and 444.8375/449.8375



For many years the 146.73 repeater was located on Grand Island along the Niagara River then relocated a few miles north to Niagara Falls, NY.  Its present site is nearby in Wheatfield, NY, at an historic (1922) site that was originally the location of broadcast station WMAK (forerunner of WBEN) and later Inland Marine Radio station WBL (http://www.imradioha.org/WBL.htm).

In January 2014, the original GE MastrII equipment was replaced by interested members of BARRA with Icom digital voice equipment, for both the 146.73 VHF and a new UHF repeater on 444.8375.  The new hardware provides D-Star compatible repeater operation, including cross-band operation.  See QRZ.com for more information.


WA2HKS/R 449/444.00

The 444 repeater main rackOverall 444 Site

Located on the Main Street campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo, this repeater is a versatile and reliable machine providing linking capabilities to the Boston, Wethersfield and TFMCS repeaters, as well as having a four-site voted receiver system, backup transmitter, backup battery power, and a wide coverage area.  Also located at this site is the transmitter for the AB2UK 29.68 repeater.  Activity on the 444 machine is virtually continuous - one can find area hams rag chewing at almost any hour. The equipment at this site is almost entirely home-brew; from controller and well-known female identifier to most of the RF components, Ted Ertl, WA2HKS, has constructed or has specially modified every piece of equipment associated with this site.


K2ISO/R 144.57/17

This repeater is located at the mountain transmitter site of WTSS FM (107.7) in Wyoming county at an elevation of over 2,000 feet. The repeater antenna is 400 feet above ground level on a community antenna system and provides excellent coverage from Buffalo to Rochester and well into the Southern Tier. The repeater equipment at this site is comprised of Motorola products and features emergency power capabilities.

WR2AHL/R 447/442.00

This BARRA repeater is located at the Wethersfield site with the 145.17 machine and has similar coverage as the K2ISO repeater.  A PL tone of 110.9 is required to use this repeater.




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Last reviewed September 19, 2017