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About K-Link

The K-Link Repeater System is the result of many years of hard work and support of many generous amateur radio operators, enthusiasts, and organizations across rural Kansas.

Our mission is to provide and maintain a large, dependable, and pleasant-sounding link system to cover as much of rural Kansas as we can. We also strive to support and improve the club and privately-owned repeaters in our area that are not directly part of the link system. This is because we understand that having a separate localized communications channel for tactical communications is just as important as having a wide-area system. We provide technical support and assistance to repeater owners that need it.

The original link system (started ca. 1991) consisted of these repeaters:

  • Delphos 444.850+ (N0AAB)
  • Concordia 146.73- (W0TQ <SK> )
  • Miltonvale 147.51 simplex remote (WB0SRP)
  • Lincoln 147.195+ (K0MXJ <SK> )
  • Smolan 146.625- (WD0GAH)

At the time, the Delphos repeater was one of very few 70 cm repeaters in active daily use in Kansas and most of the hams in North Central Kansas had dual-band or 70 cm radios to use it!  This repeater (and later, additional 70 cm repeaters on K-Link) certainly helped promote the use of 70 cm throughout the state.

The hub repeater (444.850) was located about 5 miles southwest of Delphos with an antenna 30 feet above ground (about 200 feet HAAT) until sometime in 1994 when the old Motorola IMTS-era repeater became the backup and a modified GE Mastr II mobile was put into service on a tower east of Lamar, Ks at about 200 feet AGL.

Over the years several more repeaters came online, some changed frequency, and some ceased operation. On August 16, 1998 at the Salina Hamfest, Lowell Vonada (K0MXJ), now a silent key, called a meeting of the trustees of the linked repeaters and other interested parties to discuss the future of the link system. We also voted on a name.

Today it is known as The K-Link Repeater System.  The 444.850 repeater, now in Minneapolis, is the only repeater that has been continuously part of K-Link and the original link system since the inception.

Our system is almost 100% privately funded and made available thanks to the hard work of many individuals who have dedicated many hours of labor and donations from people that use the system.  Our continued growth and maintenance depends upon the support of the people that use and benefit from the system.  We appreciate your support.

Our system is linked using various methods. Many sites are linked using RF remote base links. Others use IRLP to link together. We also have Allstar available and can utilize Echolink if needed.

We are proud to provide the state’s most dependable linked repeater system that features great audio quality and is engineered to the highest possible standards. We work hard to maintain and expand our system. We hope to hear you soon!


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4 comments on “About

Steven Watts

See https://www.repeaterbook.com/repeaters/location_search.php?type=county&state_id=20&loc=Douglas

It is AMUSING there is no indication relative to wide or narrow FM on the Douglas County Kansas “emergency” repeater which, I am advised, set to NARROW BAND. An other wise programmed unit is going to malfunction…..something NOT WANTED IN AN EMERGENCY. Darkly amusing indeed.

I understand the toylike nature of VHF and UHF. Toys and emergencies do not mix. The complexities of digital communications are avoidable for basic, on the ground commo of 2 meter VHF. Digital has its place. Its complexity and NON USER FRIENDLY nature render its features USELESS in an emergency when “programmers” are not available.

All that aside, the books don’t say to program your rig for NARROW BAND FM ON THE REPEATER. YOU NEED TO DO THAT, EH?!

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Steven,
I’m not sure why you felt like the K-Link website was the appropriate place to comment about this, as K-Link does not have any repeaters in Douglas County and the two have nothing to do with each other.

My guess is that you were looking for a way to contact an admin on the Repeaterbook page but instead came over here looking like an unhinged lunatic. Ok, fine, here we are. In what way can I drop EVERYTHING I’m doing and cater to your non-emergency emergency?

Justin.

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Jordan

Let’s not forget that Amateur Radio should never require a community “programmer” to make a radio operational. If you aren’t going to bother to learn how to program your own gear, you shouldn’t be operating it anyway.

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More to the point, it’s simultaneously amusing and yet troubling to me that so many people can find their way to RepeaterBook, find something in the listing to nit-pick about, and rather than submitting an update – go to an unrelated website’s ABOUT page to post a rant comment. It’s plastered all over that site that the repeater data is crowd-sourced. For those who barely passed their ham exam, that means it depends on user-submitted data. The RepeaterBook site does NOT auto-magically know that a repeater is narrowband just because somebody set it up that way. Somebody, whether the trustee, owner, or tech, needs to submit that info. But I guess it’s easier to just find some rando website to post a verbal vomit comment.

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