Updates and enhancements
I'm happy to report that the newer receiver for the TVC link (voting receivers, 145.27 link) has been installed and appears to be functioning well. It's possible that with this change there may be tweaks needed to assure the voting systems are unbiased, but I am encouraged that the newer receiver will work so well we'll all forget that it's in the system. Time will tell as to whether it's all it's cut out to be. I expect that we've heard the last of the interference from the shorwave broadcaster on 12mHz.
With this update comes a few more linkable local repeaters. An updated 'cheat sheet' will be forthcoming denoting the additional frequencies available. Of note also is that the 2mtr synthesized remote base, when operated in VFO mode is set to encode a 114.8hz PL tone. This is an interim solution until the remote programming of the PL tone can be done, but that's likely a ways off.
Of interest also is the change to the remote base inactivity timer. This timer now will cause the repeater to key up and say 'link under active timeout... remote links off' when it unlinks the remote base after 30 minutes of inactivity. The timer now will fully set the remote base back to the known default mode too, instead of just unlinking it.
With this update is the loading of the newest 'beta' firmware for the RC210 controller, version 4.29. Hopefully this latest software will be reliable and trouble free. There's a phenomenal amount of complexity in the system, when it runs smoothly it's a wonderment.