The KB8KGU Repeater

Welcome! Here you will find information about the KB8KGU Repeater located in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Update November 2021:

Great news!  The repeater is now back online in Osage Beach!  Thank you to LOARC for the facility and tower space.  This is now a DMR repeater.  There is no analog mode on this machine.  All of the IRLP, Echolink, etc are no longer available.  DMR is taking off around the nation!   Please see the DMR page for more information.  We are excited to have this up and running!


Update March 2021:  Unfortunately the 440 repeater is down and looks like for good.  I have no location for it, and I can’t find anyone interested in taking it over even for free.  I would donate the whole thing to an organization willing to take care of it and utilize the bands we as hams have been allocated.  Next time the government takes more ham bands away due to lack of use, don’t come crying to me about it!

Update 12/30/18: The repeater is currently OFFLINE.  It is likely to be a few months before it is online again.  My apologies for the inconvenience.  Hopefully it can come back better than ever.

Update 6/5/18:  Currently the IRLP/Echolink is DOWN due to a problem at the location.  Hopefully we can offer this service again soon.   It may show UP on the node status page at this time, but the radio link has an issue.  Thanks for your patience.

System Information

This is an open repeater system available to all licensed amateur radio operators.

The repeater is a Motorola Micor UHF system with a 4 cavity duplexer system. It transmits approximately 40 watts of power to a DB-220 antenna. The antenna is fed with low-loss Heliax LDF4-50A coax cable. We are fortunate to have one of the highest spots in the county, giving the repeater great coverage.

We are using a MCC RC-1000 repeater controller.

Internet Linking

The KB8KGU repeater is connected to both IRLP and Echolink. Our IRLP node number is 3232 and our Echolink node number is 96620. The internet link machine is a Pentium 4 with IRLP version 3.0 board installed, and feeds into a GE MVS mobile radio for the link. The node runs the EchoIRLP software system to communicate with both IRLP and Echolink. Please see the Internet Linking instruction page for commands to use this feature.

Weather Information

This node uses the wonderful scripts from W0ANM to pull weather forecasts, weather alerts, and current weather information. Please see the repeater commands page for further details. If there is a weather alert in the area, the IRLP node will broadcast a message about an alert in progress. Pressing Star 3 will read the details of the alert.

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