The VE3KCR repeater is our legendary flagship machine, known as "The Mighty 712." It's been in operation in one form or another for over 30 years. With a powerful transmitter, high antenna, and several remote receive sites, this is one of the most sophisticated single machines in Ontario.
The main system used to be located at a broadcast tower east of Chatham, where we operated a Kendecom Mark 4-CR repeater equipped with autopatch and interfaced with a Hall Voter System. The input signal was reveived from a Sinclair 4 bay VHF antenna mounted at the 460' level, using 7/8" Andrews feedline. There was also a Sinclair 4 bay UHF antenna at the same level to accomodate the remote receive sites.
Each remote receive site is equipped with a Kendecom crossband repeater that monitors the input frequency of 147.720, and retransmits it back to the main site on a unique UHF frequency. There are remote sites in Windsor, Leamington, Belle River, Chatham, Ridgetown and Shetland, with another planned for London. These sites receive only - the signal on 147.120 originates from several diverse on-channel transmitters around the community.
The VHF signal was received at the tower site by the main Kendecom receiver. The UHF antenna fed an 8-way Sinclair splitter, and a Kendecom MR4 receiver for each remote site. There was also a diversity VHF receiver with a beam antenna at a lower level.
Audio from each receiver was fed into the voter, where the SNR was analyzed. The best signal was passed to the transmitter. Most remote sites use a 100 Hertz PL. The user need only key up and talk - the repeater and voter do all the work.
The repeater used to transmit 1 kW with a 3CX800A7 amplifier. This was replaced with a 600 watt TPL solid-state amplifier, with provision for automatically folding back the power during enhanced propagation. The feedline used was 7/8" Andrews hardline, running up to a Sinclair 4 bay VHF antenna at 570'. This combination provided in excess of 2 kW of ERP, making it one of the most powerful systems in Ontario in its time.
Remember that no matter which remote receiver is picking up the signal, the best signal is transmitted. When pointing a beam antenna, you may be hitting a receive site that is not on the same heading as the transmitter.
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Historic VE3KCR repeater transmitter mobile coverage map, assuming antenna height of 5 feet, generated by SPLAT. This repeater features several remote receive sites, which extend the receive range considerably. Each is accessible automatically with a 100 Hz PL on 147.120+ MHz. Click here for a larger plot (1.34 MB) that can be zoomed and scrolled.