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W4CHR Repeater:

The Chester Amateur Radio Club owns and operates the W4CHR 2 meter repeater. The W4CHR repeater is a Kenwood, it puts out 25 Watts, antenna is at 145ft, has a frequency of 145.310 MHz, - offset and a PL tone of 167.9. It is located near the Chester Regional Hospital. Coverage includes Chester County and most of all the surrounding Lancaster, Fairfield, Union and York Counties.

KW4BET Repeater: 

The KW4BET 440 repeater has a frequency of 442.475 MHz, + offset and a PL tone of 162.2. Repeater is a Bridgecomsystem, it puts out 35 Watts, antenna is at 185ft.  It is located in Chester, SC near the Chester Reginal Hospital. It has Echolink KW4BET-R and Allstar node # 474345 connected full time to KW4BET System HUB 474346. 

EchoLink:

The W4CHR repeater has EchoLink and can be accessed by W4CHR-R node #307645.

The K4USC repeater in Union, SC can be accessed by EchoLink KW4BET-L node #736797.

The KW4BET repeater in Lewis, SC can be accessed by EchoLink KW4BET-R node #736794 and Allstar node # 474346 and is connected full time to KW4BET System HUB 474346.

Broadcastify:

If you would like to listen to the W4CHR repeater, but are out of range or not near a 2 meter rig, no problem. Listen to the live feed on Broadcastify right on your smartphone, tablet or computer. North America-South Carolina-Chester County: (W4CHR 145.310 MHz Chester ARES Repeater) amateur radio or click the button ( Listen to the W4CHR repeater on Broadcastify ) at the top of this page. 

DMR Repeater:

The WR4SC repeater is a DMR repeater and is part of the SCHEART DMR Network. It has the PRN Network, Local talkgroup, SC Call, PRN Chat 1 & 2 and Parrot / Echotest. The DMR repeater is a Motorola; it puts out 40 Watts, transmits on 440.5750 MHz and receives on 445.5750 MHz with a color code 1. Please see the SCHEART.US website and NCPRN.net website for more info. It is located near the Chester High School. Repeater has a great coverage area with an HT.

Homebrew Hotspots: ( DMR, D-Star & Fusion )

Also, many of the club members have Homebrew Hotspots to access the DMR, D-Star and Fusion networks (DMR Brandmeister, MMDVM, Wires-X and Dstar). Popular talkgroups are Midlands BM #31458, SCMidlands Network / Multi-mode Reflector XLX056A, Charlotte digital group reflector XLX 054 and the constellation XLX313. Multi-mode Reflector can also be accessed by Allstar node # 474434 

Allstar:

During net time Allstar is available node # 474346 which is connected to the KW4BET repeater full time. More to come on Allstar on the W4CHR and K4USC repeaters in the near future.

APRS:

Chester has 2 DigiGates KW4BET-01 & KW4BET-02 on APRS. Both are Microsat WX3in1 PLus 2.0 APRS, transceivers are a Kenwood, they put out 25 Watts and operates on 2 meters APRS Frequency 144.390 MHz. KW4BET-01 is located in Lewis Turnout near Lewis Fire Department. KW4BET-02 is located in Chester near the Chester County Hospital. 

NETS:

Wednesday nights at 2030 (8:30 PM EST) "The Piedmont Link" The Union Amateur Radio Club K4USC, Carolina Amateur Radio Emergence Service WX4SC, Chester Amateur Radio Emergence Service W4CHR and FleetTalk Amateur Radio Group W4FTK link repeaters for "The Piedmont Link". Net is called on the Union K4USC repeater 145.150 MHz, - negative offset, no PL tone, the Chester W4CHR repeater 145.310 MHz, - negative offset, PL tone 167.9 and the Lewis KW4BET repeater 442.475 MHz, + offset, tone 162.2 and the FleetTalk Repeaters W4FTK. Please check out FleetTalk W4FTK webstie at w4ftk.home.blog/for more info on their repeaters. If you are out of range and would like to check in, EchoLink W4CHR-R, KW4BET-L or KW4BET-R are available to access repeaters during the net. Allstar is also available node # 474346. Net last about 30 minutes, net calls for check-ins, announcements, has rag-chew, sell / swap / trade / looking for (ham equipment only) and topic question. Net has great coverage with repeaters linked and even greater coverage with Echolink and Allstar. Some of the most mile check-ins has been VK2GH-Adrian from Australia and KE4KZG - Steve “Japan”). Let's have some fun. On your next trip check in and become one of the greatest miles holder. Also, check out "The Piedmont Link" Facebook Group and become a member, join in on what is going on in the area with the net and ham radio, post ham questions, ham related pictures, etc. 

Repeaters and Nodes normally linked during net time: Wednesdays @ 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.


K4USC 145.150 MHz (-) offset, No PL Tone, Echolink KW4BET-L, Allstar 474342
Union, SC (North/West of Town), Normal stand along, Flag ship repeater for The Piedmont Link Net, (1st Repeater) - Net normally called from this repeater.

W4CHR 145.310 MHz (-) offset, 167.9 PL Tone, Echolink W4CHR-R
Chester, SC (Near Chester Hospital), (2nd Repeater added to net), Normal stand along.

KW4BET 442.475 MHz (+) offset, 162.2 PL Tone, Echolink KW4BET-R, Allstar 474345, Full time connected to the KW4BET System HUB 474346
Chester, SC (Near Chester Hospital), (3rd Repeater added to net).

KW4BET 52.570 MHz 6 meter FM Simplex Node, 67.0 PL Tone, (Vertical Antenna), 50 Watts, Echolink KW4BET-R, Allstar 474344, Full time connected to the KW4BET System HUB 474346
Lewis, SC (Near Lewis Fire Department).

KW4BET 94042 Hamshack Hotline, Allstar 53044, Full time connected to the KW4BET System HUB 474346
Lewis, SC (Near Lewis Fire Department).

KG4NWE XLX056 Reflector, SCMidlands.network, Module A, (KG4NWE, KW4BET, AA2IA & KN4NKO) Multi mode: DMR TGIF 31458 / BM 31458 Talkgroup, D-Star DCS/XRF/XLX 056, Fusion YSF90443, Analog Bridge, Echolink KN4NKO-L and Allstar 474343
Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX & Chester, SC (Data Centers), Full time connected to the KW4BET System HUB 474346.

KF4THL 147.550 MHz Simplex Node, No PL Tone, Echolink KF4THL-L
Edgemoore, SC (North/East of Chester County), Full time connected to the KW4BET System HUB 474346.

K4DTM 51.560 MHz 6 meter FM Simplex Node, 107.2 PL Tone, (Vertical Antenna), Echolink K4DTM-L
Memphis, TN, Full time connected to the KW4BET System HUB 474346.


Below are the W4FTK repeaters that link in during net time for The Piedmont Link Net. They are normally linked full time for the FleetTalk Amateur Radio Group W4FTK

W4FTK 147.225 MHz (+) offset, 110.9 PL Tone, Echolink W4FTK-R, Allstar 50262 connected full time to HUB 40040
Rock Hill, SC (Newport), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

W4FTK 442.125 MHz (+) offset, 156.7 PL Tone, Echolink W4FTK-R, Allstar 50236 connected full time to HUB 40040
Charlotte, NC (Downtown), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

W4FTK 444.650 MHz (+) offset, 315 DCS Tone, Echolink W4FTK-R, Allstar 50313 connected full time to HUB 40040
Denver, NC (Anderson Mtn.), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

W4FTK 442.875 MHz (+) offset, 315 DCS Tone, Echolink W4FTK-L, Allstar 513491 connected full time to HUB 513490
Columbia, SC (Downtown), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

W4FTK 146.745 MHz (-) offset, 315 DCS Tone, Echolink W4FTK-L, Allstar 513492 connected full time to HUB 513490
Little Mountain, SC (North - West of Columbia), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

W4FTK 147.060 MHz (-) offset, 315 DCS Tone, Echolink W4FTK-L, Allstar 513495 connected full time to HUB 513490
Wedgefield, SC (West of Sumter), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

W4FTK 146.760 MHz (-) offset, 315 DCS Tone, Echolink W4FTK-R, Allstar 513496 connected full time to HUB 40040
Richburg, SC (Chester County near I-77), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

W4FTK 443.650 MHz (+) offset, 315 DCS Tone, Echolink W4FTK-L, Allstar 513497 connected full time to HUB 513490
Blythewood, SC (North of Columbia), K4FTK HUBs 40040 & 513490 connected full time.

If you normally link in during net time, or would like to be added to list please contact KW4BET-Brian at email: KW4BET@arrl.net

Thank You! To all for being part of The Piedmont Link Net.

73,
The Piedmont Link Net


Second Sunday of each month at 2000 (8:00 PM EST) Chester ARES 147.570 MHs Simplex Net. Net takes check-ins and has an amateur radio topic. Check-in, help with relays and join in on the topic. Lets see how far we can make it on Simplex, you will be surprised. 


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