The Plains Montana
From from 6,837 Feet: View looking to East.
The Plains Repeater became an idea when out hunting in 1985. It was then while listening on simplex 146.520Mhz and hearing two hams N7AEV and WA7ZOO that I then as WB7WBJ was amazed at the coverage of where I was located at. There was no local repeater in the Plains area so I set upon the idea of putting a ham repeater on that mountain.
I became a student of (hihi) of KD7DK Joel in Missoula where I'd sit and watch him play with repeaters and eventually with Joel and Wilma-Jean KD7HP had mad the 147.040+ repeater and Packet System great systems for the HARC Missoula Hellgate Club. But the 147.040 Repeater still lacked coverage in the areas of Plains from a portable or mobile in most cases. So then I talked with Ron (Now N7VLC) who at the time was the USFS. District Ranger of the Plains Forest Service about getting a Special User Permit for Pat's Knob Electronic Site as an Amateur Repeater location. Through many obstacles I finally was granted one (through a few hoops) but there was a permit issued in 1989.
Over the years there have been many upgrades to the repeater system antenna's, repeaters such as a G.E. MastrPro, MastrII and now currently a Motorola MSF-5000. This would include also installing a Linked UHF repeater to the K7HR 146.700- PL 103.5Hz to the N.W. to South of Browning, Montana to Mount Baldy known as the Cut Bank, Montana Repeater or the (Highline.) This link has worked well for years. John KA5LXG was a major part in helping to get the 147.140+ repeater up and running. As well as Mark KO8N and Clint Spindler (Plains P.D. retired) who donated the needed hardline for the install.
Currently on November 1st, 2014 and to beat a coming
Winter Storm, Mike N5UUH, Kara KD7OBK and myself K7KTR ex WB7WBJ
went up and removed the Sinclair SC229 antenna off the tower which was
giving us some coverage problems and moved it to the pole that the
original license (permit) was granted for just off the ground across
Cindy Ln. Coverage has greatly increased.
Mike and Kara and I buried 7/8" hardline from the lookout to that pole which is about 145' along the rocks and into some needed conduit where Snow-Cat's are known to go over in the winter when others/self need to do repairs.
The Plains repeater also has a 16 Channel Motorola GM300 UHF Remote Base (Currently OFF) that when in on, can reach into Idaho, Eastern Washington and other area UHF repeaters all remotely via the Scom 7330 Repeater Controller. +19704166505