If you are traveling on Highway 16 in northern British Columbia, you will have access to our VHF voice and APRS (144.39mhz) repeater network. In conjunction with the Terrace and Prince George Amateur Radio Clubs and others (see Northern BC repeater network map), we have repeater sites that cover from Terrace all the way to McBride, Fort St. John, Williams Lake, etc. Here is the list of repeater sites, along with the frequency and tone information:
Yaesu System Fusion (FM and C4FM FDMA digital) DR-2X repeaters now in place at Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Smithers and Hazelton. They are in Automatic Mode Select (AMS), meaning they repeat in the mode of the incoming signal (analogue FM or digital C4FM). The audio passed through to the link is always analogue and comes out on other repeaters as FM. If traffic comes through from link, the repeaters switch to FM.
It is not possible to have a cross mode (FM and digital) conversation on the same repeater. However, one person can be on FM on one repeater (eg. 146.88) while another on digital on another (eg. 146.72) when linked. It is also possible to fix a repeater in digital mode in special circumstances via a DTMF code.
FM mode will likely continue to be dominant for some time. For FM users who do not want to occasionally hear the digital ‘buzz’, put a 100hz CTCSS on your radio and it will be muted (100hz tone is on repeater transmit signal when in FM mode).
We also now have C4FM digital Wires-X internet access via Node 52326 (VE7RBH) on 147.00mhz Tyhee repeater (alternate is 146.48mhz simplex).
Hazelton and Kitwanga - VE7RHD - 146.80 (-) 100 Hz Tone FM/Fusion Digital
Smithers and Telkwa - VE7RBH - 146.88 (-) 100 Hz Tone FM/Fusion Digital
Smithers and Telkwa - VE7RBH - 146.70 (-) 100 Hz Tone FM/Fusion Digital
Houston and Topley - VE7RHN - 147.06 (+) 100 Hz Tone FM/Fusion Digital
Granisle and Babine Lake- VE7RHN 146.94 (-) 100 Hz Tone FM/Fusion Digital
Smithers EchoIRLP 147.33 (simplex) - 100 Hz Tone, IRLP pre-fix 0
(IRLP node 1126, EchoLink VE7RBH-L)
Telkwa/Smithers Wires-X node on 146.70 repeater, C4FM only
(VE7RBH, Node 52316)
Smithers Autopatch on 146,70 repeater (email for info)
Operated by Neighbouring Clubs
Burns Lake VE7LRB, 147.360 (+) 100 Hz Tone
Grassy Plains (Verdun) VE7RES, 146.760 (-) 100 Hz Tone
Fraser Lake and Fort Fraser - VE7RES - 146.840 (-) 100 Hz Tone
Vanderhoof - VE7RSM - 146.800 (-) 100 Hz Tone
Prince George - VE7RES - 145.430 (-) 100 Hz Tone
VE7FG - 146.94 (-) 100 Hz Tone
Quesnel - VE7RQL - 147.060 (-) 100 Hz Tone
Loos - VE7RES - 146.880 (-) 100 Hz Tone
McBride - VE7RMB - 146.760 (-) 100 Hz Tone
Terrace - VE7RTK - 146.600 (-) 100 Hz Tone
FM/Fusion Digital (linked to Smithers)
147.330 (simplex) IRLP
For info on the Winlink Hybrid RMS (VE7RBH) see the Emergency Communications page.