To Idaho Amateurs
New Repeater on the Air in Southwest Idaho!
In mid-November 2019, a group of hams achieved their multi-year goal of installing a high-altitude repeater on War Eagle Mountain (8051’) in southwest Idaho. The repeater operates on 147.040+, (PL 123.0). The repeater is open to all users who abide by standard amateur regulations and courtesy.
Since the 147.240 and 443.600 repeaters (Cinnabar Mountain near Silver City in Owyhee County) have been off the air for several years, this group wanted to restore wide-area communications in southwest Idaho and surrounding areas. Other sites were surveyed but were rejected for various reasons, not the least of which included reliability of operation. The new repeater is on commercial power and hopefully will stay on the air through the brutal winter conditions found on top of War Eagle. When summer 2020 arrives, additional upgrades are planned.
Coverage area hasn’t been determined, but the Boise area is covered, and contacts have occurred into Twin Falls (approx. 114 miles), and coverage should be good into northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon.
Some of the ham operators behind this project include:
Larry Smith, W7ZRQ
Steve Nipper, N7DJX
Mike Cooper, W7OSG
Jeff Shinn, N7HQT
Ken Kaae, KE7YD
Bryant Hall, KA7SXV