Our repeater is referred to as the "34/94" and its callsign
is VE5CI. This repeater was recently sold to us from the Moose Jaw based Pioneer
Radio Club whom were responsible for its inception at a cost of $2200.00
in 1976 or 1977 at a location south-west of the City. It remained at this
site until 1994 when it was given a new home in the City. The Western Development
Museum was gracious enough to allow the club to install the repeater and
antennas at their location on the north end of Main Street. This grand
sized building has provided us with a rather exceptional outbound signal
due to the metal roof . We have had a wonderful partnership with the W.D.
Museum and staff. The repeater does not have an autopatch feature. Since
the VE5VHF repeater (146.610) which also resides in the City does supply
users with autopatching it is felt that a second one wasn't warranted.
Having said this, we can hardly miss this opportunity to thank the people
most responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the 34/94 machine. Both
Mike, VE5AU, and Ben, VE5YJ have been tireless in their efforts in keeping
the repeater in tip-top condition. Great job fellows !
On 23 July 2000 the existing VHF Engeneering repeater was taken out of service in favor of a more modern Motorola GR1225
repeater. The new unit boasts power output levels of 25 to 50 watts with sensitivity at about .35 uv. It has also been fitted with battery backup for those times we loose main power.
This update was done because the old repeater was becoming difficult to repair due to its age, it will be overhauled in due time and used as a backup if required.. there are links below to follow in order to see pictures and specifications on this unit..
Although not really visible, the antennae are at the top, one at each side of the Museum sign. The left one, which is faintly visible, is the 34/94 repeater antenna and the right one that you can't see is a multiband for the HF station. I estimate the building to be about 300' by 300', so that metal roof provides quite a ground plane, and I don't imagine that the slope hurts, at all ! The #1 Highway passes along just behind the Museum, so you'll be certain to see it when you pass by. And better yet, stop in, visit our Wireless Rooms, and sign our Guestbook.
Pictures of the "NEW" repeater
Repeater operating procedures and policies
HOW TO SOUND LIKE A "LID"
Pioneer Radio Club
The Pioneer Radio Club was formed in 19xx with one of their goals being the erection of Moose Jaw's first amateur repeater. On April 28, 1975 the Club contacted a local business, Sonic Supplies, and asked for an estimate on a Delhi DMX144 tower, antenna and lights. The tower was erected sometime in 1976. Here are some of the members, at one time or another.
VE5AQ Al [SK], VE5AV Bill, VE5AAG
Bernie, VE5AAN Earl [SK], VE5AAY
Wayne, VE5ADU Dennis
VE5AED Lloyd, VE5AFU John, VE5CD Russ, VE5CG Charles, VE5CX Jack, VE5DI Joe
VE5DW Bill, VE5EG Vic, VE5EX Paul, VE5IB Bill [SK], VE5IL Fred, VE5KG Jim [SK]
VE5LO John, VE5MP Les, VE5NG Stan [SK], VE5NX Len, VE5PQ Percy, VE5QN Doug
VE5RQ Ray, VE5TK Ron, VE5YI Lorne
In 1995 it was decided that the Pioneer Club would sell its repeater to the M.J.A.R.C. and this did take place in 1996.
If anyone can supply any missed amateurs, please email me with your information.