Toston Repeater and Site

The Toston repeater is located on Lombard Mountain about 7 miles southeast of Toston, Montana. It is at an elevation of 4,575 feet and on a 100 foot tower. The repeater is a UHF Hytera RD982 Dual Mix 50 watt station. The repeater antenna is a Decibel Products DB-413 8 bay semi-directional antenna located at the top of the tower and fed with inch and 5/8s heliax. The antennas pattern is oriented directly into Bozeman while still providing plenty of omnidirectional gain as well. Testing has showed that the repeater easily covers Bozeman, Belgrade, and much of I90 towards Butte, as well as US12 and State Route 287 from Winston to Three Forks. This repeater is permanently linked to the MacDonald Pass Repeater Group using Echolink. In 2016, the repeater was replaced with a new Hytera DMR Digital repeater and operates in Dual Mix. Dual Mix means the repeater operates both Analog or Digital in DMR. The Digital system has more information to our Digital Website at www.dmr-montana.net. Additionally we operate an APRS digi-peater ("TOSTON") at the site and feeds an Decibel Products DB-222E oriented with 6Dbd gain towards the Southeast..

Repeater Location: North 46-7-0.8 West 111-22-48.5 (NAD 27 Datum)

70 CM Repeater Specifications

Receive Frequency (Input): 444.3000 Mhz

Transmit Frequency (Output): 449.3000 Mhz

Transmit Output Power: 50 Watts

Effective Radiated Power: 500 Watts

PL Tone Required: 131.8 Hz, repeater encodes tone

Call Sign: WR7HLN (Mac Pass Repeater Group)

Antenna Gain: 13db Front, 8db sides, 5db rear

Antenna Pattern: Cardiod Semi Directional

Backup Power: 150 Amp Battery (approximately 36 hours with 3 hours transmit)

Time Out Timer: 3 minutes resets on input signal drop

Repeater Photograph

Tower and Antenna Photograph

DB-413 Antenna Closeup

 

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