Badger Pass Repeater and Site

The Badger Pass site is unique in that it currently does not have commercial power. As such, we have installed a Solar Power Plant consisting of 4, One Hundred and Thirty watt Kyocera solar panels, feeding a 1235 Amp Battery Bank to power the UHF repeater. Badger Pass is an excellant location, at over 7,200 feet, it looks over the Dillon valley as well as west into Bannack and Jackson. Coverage from Idaho to the Divide/Wisdom exit on I15 has been tested, along with MT highway 41 from Dillon to I90 and including I90 coverage from Whitehall to Homestake Pass east of Butte. The UHF repeater consists of a Hytera RD982 Dual Mix repeater operating at 50 watts. Dual-Mix means it runs either Analog or by DMR Digital. The antenna is a Decibel Products DB-420 fed by Inch and a Quarter Heliax at 55 feet above ground. Because of the high capacity Solar Plant, we operate this repeater on a DC only power supply drawing about 1.3 amps while in standby, the repeater, the Microwave Radio, and a computer internet switch. This repeater is permanently linked to the Mac Pass Repeater Group via an Echolink connection. More information on the Digital DMR and Brandmeister Network can be found on our Digital Website at DMR Montana.

Repeater Location: North 45-12-51.5 West 112-56-26.4 (NAD 27 Datum)

70 Centimeter Repeater Specifications

Receive Frequency (Input): 449.1000 Mhz
 
Transmit Frequency (Output): 444.1000 Mhz
 
Transmit Output Power: 50 Watts
 
Effective Radiated Power: Aproximately 300 watts
 
PL Tone Required: 100.0 Hz, Repeater Encodes and Decode Tone
 
DMR Color Code: 2
 
Call Sign: WR7HLN (Mac Pass Repeater Group)
 
Antenna Gain: 10.0 db
 
Antenna Pattern: Omni-Directional
 
Backup Power: 1235 Amps of L16 Batteries during all operations
 
Time Out Timer: 3 Minutes, Resets on Input Signal Drop

Hytera RD982 Primary Repeater

MSF-5000 Backup Repeater

Solar Panels

Solar Battery Bank

Solar Battery Charger

System at Site

Tower and Antenna Photograph

DB-420 Antenna Closeup