Hampstead Hams currently uses a combination of repeaters under the club’s NC4PC callsign and repeaters that the club has been given permission to use.
443.550 NC4PC Fire Tower Repeater
+5.0 MHz Offset, 100 Hz PL Tone
The 443.550 is the club’s first home-grown repeater effort. Efforts began to get the repeater on the air in 2014, and it went on air in 2015. The repeater is a Kenwood TKR-720, with an amplifier. It stands approximately 120 feet high with the repeater in the cab of the North Carolina Forest Service fire tower in Hampstead, and the antenna is mounted to the southeast side of the cab. Weekly club nets were initially held on the repeater but were later moved to the N4JDW 146.940 machine. The repeater continues as the club’s heritage repeater and covers much of Pender County and parts of New Hanover, Onslow, and Duplin Counties.
147.375 NC4PC Burgaw Repeater
+0.6 MHz Offset, 88.5 Hz PL Tone
The 147.375 is the club’s newest repeater. It went on air in late 2022, and comfortably covers much of Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, and Duplin counties. It uses a Kenwood TKR-740 repeater with an amplifier and transmits at 450 feet north of Burgaw.
146.940 N4JDW Hampstead Repeater
-0.6 MHz Offset, 88.5 Hz PL Tone
The 146.940 was built and maintained by David Wicker N4JDW, initially for use by the Pender County ARES group, which Hampstead Hams supported. Since then, Hampstead Hams has been allowed to use the repeater for weekly ragchew nets. The antenna sits at roughly 400 feet in Hampstead off Hoover road.
444.025 N4JDW Burgaw Repeater
+5.0 MHz Offset, 88.5 Hz PL Tone
The 444.025 repeater is built and maintained by David Wicker N4JDW, who has granted Hampstead Hams use of the repeater. The club has mainly used it for communications during the Tour De Blueberry bike race. It is on the same tower as the NC4PC 147.375 machine north of Burgaw.