At the March meeting, the club voted to purchase a Yaesu Fusion repeater to replace the aging K1RK repeater located at Falmouth Hospital. Jim Valdes, WA1GPO, is leading the effort to install the repeater and upgrade the overall repeater installation at the hospital. The Fusion repeater supports both Fusion System digital and traditional analog signals, automatically switching between modes as required. Additional information on Yaesu's Fusion can be found at: https://systemfusion.yaesu.com/what-is-system-fusion/. The installation of the new repeater is in-process and will be done soon.
At the July meeting, the New England Digital Emergency Communications Network (NEDECN) presented the club with a check in the amount of $1,125 to support the purchase and installation of a DMR repeater. NEAR-Fest will be providing a matching donation in the amount of $500 in support of this project. FARA will also provide up to $500 in support of this project. Antenna and equipment space is being provided at a water tank location in Bourne. Ralph Swenson, N1YHS, is leading the effort to install this repeater. The addition of this DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) repeater will provide Cape-wide DMR coverage and connect the Cape into the wider New England DMR network.
Bill Barber gave an extensive presentation on DMR at the May meeting. His presentation slides, converted to video format, can be viewed at: DMR Presentation. Additional information on NEDECN can be found at: http://www.nedecn.org/. Also, information on DMR can be found by reading the Amateur Radio Guide to DMR, which can be accessed as a PDF file here: http://www.trbo.org/docs/Amateur_Radio_Guide_to_DMR.pdf.
More information will be available as these new repeaters are put into service.