The Maple Valley Emergency Repeater Association (MVERA) was formed as a separate entity to the MVARC to install and maintain Amateur Radio repeater systems in the Maple Valley, WA area. MVERA works together with the Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club (KC7KEY), and the Maple Valley ARES and CERT teams, to provide systems that directly benefit these groups. MVERA helps facilitate the exchange of information, to promote technical expertise, operating proficiency, and to facilitate emergency communications to assist the local ARES and CERT teams during times of emergency and disaster in the greater Maple Valley area. These radio systems are open and available to the Amateur Radio community, and we encourage the use of these resources.
Contact Chris KA0ZRW for more information and usage guidelines.
2m Analog Repeater w/EchoLink & IRLP, 147.26+ (103.5) KF7NPL
The Maple Valley 2m repeater system, KF7NPL, is an open repeater associated with the Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club and the Maple Valley ARES Team. The repeater is located in the heart of Maple Valley and provides RF coverage to the Greater Maple Valley area. Through EchoIRLP, the system can be connected via the Internet to repeaters, simplex nodes and end users all over the world.
QRZ link: https://www.qrz.com/lookup/kf7npl
(*10/19 update, Internet access is currently unavailable until the repeater site moves to a new location, therefore EchoLink and IRLP are currently unavailable.)
Radio: Yaesu DR-1X
Power Output: 18W
Antenna Height: 50’ tower, 480’ ASL
Antenna: Diamond X510 series, 8.3dB omni
IRLP Node 3615 (note: currently offline)
Echolink Node 286747, KF7NPL-R (note: currently offline)
Courtesy tone with increasing pitch indicates a local RF user, courtesy tone with decreasing pitch indicates a Echolink or IRLP user.
Only one Echolink or IRLP connection at a time, multiple systems/users can be connected together by connecting to a IRLP Reflector or an Echolink Conference (see http://www.echolink.org/logins.asp and http://status.irlp.net/index.php for conference and reflector status).
Do not leave the system unattended while connected to a IRLP or Echolink node, disconnect from remote nodes when you are finished.
Be sure to identify when controlling the system, challenge any user who does not identify (eg: “NS7C connecting to conference 9872” or “NS7C setting the repeater to event mode”).
Be courteous and mindful of any rules that apply to remote systems you connect to.
Voice of the repeater:
The repeater has a female, British voice ID, the identity happens to be the daughter, Lauren, KD7IAM, of the original repeater owner, Scott NS7C. Lauren does not live in the UK, and does not speak with a British accent. She did, however, attend Cornish College of the Arts and has her BFA in acting, writing and directing. Scott asked her if she would do the voice over for the repeater ID, specifically in a British accent and she was happy to comply free of charge.
D-Star Digital Voice Repeater
The D-Star repeater provides full D-Star Gateway and D-Plus services.
Radio: Icom ID-R4000V, ID-RP2C
Gateway: Raspberry Pi 3b+ running Pi-Star
Output power: 25-30W
Antenna height: 48' tower, 950' ASL
Antenna: Comet GP-9