Bethel Amateur Radio Klub


Using Autopatch
To use autopatch on the AL7YK repeater:
1. Key up (press your push to talk) button and then identify yourself.
2. Press your "*" key twice and then the phone number you are calling. The repeater will announce, "Dialing" and then repeat the number you entered.
3. Remember to press and hold you "#" key for three seconds to hang up.
4. Always identify yourself by call sign before placing a call and when you hang up.

Reverse Auto Patch Information

All Bethel area Hams have now been assigned a postfix number for the AL7YK repeater's reverse auto-patch feature. To use the reverse-patch feature you:
1. Call 543-3919.
2. After two or three rings you'll hear a beep. At this time enter the prefix number, 800, followed by the two digit postfix number and then press the pound button.
3. After entering the pound sign the caller will hear two ring tones that will be transmitted over the repeater. This will be followed by the announcement, "Call for KL2--".
4. To answer the call, the Ham being called needs to key up and then press 800. The repeater will then announce that the call has been connected.
5. To end the call, key up and press the # key for three seconds and then identify yourself by call sign.
All calls are semi-private. This means the person on the phone can be heard by anyone listening to the repeater, but the ham connected to the caller will not be heard.
Here are the current postfix numbers for the local Hams:

00-AL1F 01-KL7AED 02-KL2OT 03- NL7SP 04-WL7BCT 05- WL7COJ
06-KL2KY 07-KL2KZ 08-NL7SB   09-N5RMJ 10-KL2LA 11-KL2IR
12-KL2IS 13-KL2IT 14-KL2IU 15-KL2IV 16-KL2IW    17-KL2IX 18-KL2IY
19-KL2OU 20-KL2JJ 21-W8PVZ 22-KL2LC 23-KL2LD 24-KL2LE 25-KL2LF
26-KL2LG 27-KL2LH 28-KL2LI   29-KL2ML  30-KL2OV  31-KL2OW 
32-W8MDD  33-KL2OY  34-KL2OZ  35-KL2PA  36-KL2PB  37-KL2PC  
38-KL2PD  39-KA1NCN  40-KL2RA  41-KL2RB  42-N0TXJ  43-KL7NZ

Example of how to use the reverse auto patch......
Say KL2IU's friend is trying reach him and knows he has his radio on. His friend calls 543-3919, waits for the  beep and then enters 80014#. The friend will hear the repeater transmit a couple of ring tones and then announce "Call for KL2IU". To answer the call KL2IU keys up (pushes his push to talk button), identifys himself by call sign and then presses 800. At that time the repeater will announce "Call connected" and KL2IU and his friend can talk to each other. PLEASE REMEMBER to press the "#" key to disconnect after the call.

Repeater Information
The AL7YK repeater is a Vertex VXR-7000 with the following specifications:
Input frequency: 146.70 MHz
Output frequency: 146.10 MHz
CTCSS Tone: 114.8 Hz
Power output: 50 watts
Antenna: Vertical, omni-directional, 7 dbi gain, at 176 feet ABMSL
Coordinates: 60 47 33 NL/ 161 46 22 WL (NAD 83)

-Echolink node # 14610
-Time, current weather, 5 day forecast and propagation report on demand
-Reverse autopatch
See the "Repeater Commands" document for specific operational instructions

Currently the coverage are is a 35 mile radius. In the summer of 2009 we will be
raising the antenna up to 225 feet which should increase the coverage to a radius
of 45 miles. 

For a complete list of Alaska repeaters click here 

IRLP Information
BARK also operates a simplex IRLP node on the 2 meter band. The node is number 3465 and is located on 144.7 MHz. This is a simplex node so remember not to have duplex selected on your radio. A CTCSS tone of 114.8 Hz is required to access the node.
To initiate a call on IRLP simply key up and then enter the four digit node number you wish to connect to. For exampple, to call the Alaska Gateway key up and press "9070". The node will announce that you are connected after about ten seconds. To disconnect key up and press "73".
Nodes to know:
Alaska Gateway- 9070                      Nome-3537
Western Reflector- 9250                   Anchorage-3506
New England Reflector-9120             Barrow-3525
Austrailia-9500                                Juneau-3828

England-9750                                  Fairbanks-3459

Beijing-3374                                    Seward-3592

Munich-5378                                    Kenai-3073

Sweden-5444                                   Valdez-3203

For more information on IRLP please view these power point presentations:
IRLP Introduction
IRLP Power Point 2
IRLP Power Point 3
IRLP Power Point 4