I am located about 19 miles east of the W0FX repeater.
These are area repeaters (and the national 2 meter simplex calling channel) used by amateur radio operators for the purpose of reporting severe weather conditions. Weather information is relayed directly to the correct authorities/services. When no weather threat exists, you may hear conversation on varying topics.
This feed includes:
- W0FX 147.180 MHz Stutsman County Skywarn Repeater 19 Mi. W of receiver
- Call Freq. 146.520 MHz Area Simplex (Jamestown, ND local area)
- WB0TWN 444.925 MHz Stutsman County UHF Repeater Half Mi. SE of receiver
- 147.480 MHz & 445.975 MHz Simplex – Linked through EchoLink (more info here)
- KR0W 146.670 MHz Foster County VHF Repeater (Carrington – “Crow’s Nest”) 41 Mi. NW of receiver
- A large amount of various 2 meter simplex frequencies (jamestown local)
The scanner I originally used was a RadioShack Pro-404. It was an analog scanner that I wasn’t using for anything else, so I thought I would give it a purpose. There was quite a bit of ground loop interference (buzzing) in the beginning, but I managed to clean that up, quite a bit.
I then started using a Realistic HTX-202 handheld amateur radio as a receiver. I also connected the receiver to a very clean power source (pretty much “homemade”), and eliminated all of the ground loop buzz that was a problem in the past. The HTX-202 only received VHF, so it was not able to pick up the UHF frequencies, which is why I switched over to something that would receive both.
I am now using a Uniden Sportcat 180 as a receiver. It accepts 12 volts DC, and because of that, there is no downconversion to a lower voltage, so the power source is absent of any hum. All of the ground loop buzz that was a problem in the past is completely gone. It’s connected to a discone antenna that is mounted about 20 feet high, on the roof of my house. I run the streaming software on a semi-dedicated computer (also used as an external hard drive) that I can remotely access from anywhere, if I need to.