The storms that hit Corsica in november/december 2019 didn't leave any survival chance to our setup !
Many trees are broken and fell on the road, even very large and old ones. All antennas suffered. The yagi boom bent, 2 elements are broken and flew about 50 meters away, the 40/80m dipole was ripped off. Half of the weather station is broken and was found in the bush. The anemometer exploded and the weather vane is broken...
After almost 2 years of stop due to a power failure, our shack is powered again. All our equipments will be restored (weather station, remote station, etc..)
The VHF repeater TK5ZCF is already fully functionnal and linked to our HamNet TKNet network. It is linked to the UHF repeaters of Coti Chiavari and Corte. A new repeater near Cervioni is also planned.Stay tuned !
On november 24, Toussaint TK1BI and Thierry TK1CX have mounted a new repeater on the TKNet on Monte Cecu close to the city of Corte. This repeater covers the city of Corte and a good part of the T20 road as the map shows. It is connected to the TKNet network and interconnected with the other repeaters.
Our local UHF repeater TK5ZCG is now linked on out TKNet network. This repeater has been rebuild and uses now 2 commercial mobile radio PRM830 and a Kathrein duplexer, all retuned into the 70cm band.
The UHF repeater has been connected on TKNet on dec 6th 2016. The first tests are quite promising, but it seems that the antenna does not tilt down enough to cover the Ajaccio bay in good conditions. Both this repeater and the VHF repeater TK5ZCF are now linked through TKNEt and to Echolink (TK5KP-R)
Both repeaters need a CTSS of 88.5 Hz and are also transmitting the same CTCSS, so you can avoid local noise.
After a long absence, the VHF repeater TK5ZCF is QRV again since 12/11/16. The location is in our hut in JN41IW. The duplexer has been cleaned and retuned, and so far no intermodulation or desensitization have been noticed. The output power is 12W.
Repeater acces in on channel R1x 145,6375 MHz (shift -600 kHz) and with TCS 88,5 Hz. It is linked to our TKNet network and to Echolink (TK5KP-R).
The next step will be to put a bigger antenna on a better mast.