Grand Manan Island repeater to be relocated

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2022/11/15 - 19:12

The VE9GMI repeater (146.955-) repeater is off the air, and will be relocated to Campobello Island when scheduling permits.  (Update 20 June 2023Campobello Island repeater now on air)

Other services at the Airport Road site were moved to a privately owned tower with the start of the NB-TMR Radio system in 2016.    We were fortunate to be able to have the repeater remain active at the old site until it was removed on November 10, and the old site will be decommissioned.

The new location for the repeater will be on Campobello Island; an on-air date will be announced when the move is complete.  The frequency will remain unchanged, and it will remain in the South West Zone for linking.

While we won't have a repeater physically located on Grand Manan Island, coverage on the island can still be quite good from the Maces Bay (444.875+) and St. George (147.225+) repeaters, and others.  It will likely be good from the new site also. 

The Campobello Island site is expected to provide the advantage of increased coverage to other Fundy Isles and coastal areas.  In addition, the linked audio will be vastly improved -- the old GMI site required a UHF audio link, while the new Campobello site will benefit from the seamless microwave audio link enjoyed by other sites.

We thank the Departments of Transportation and Infrastructure and Public Safety for their support in this move, and for allowing the extended life of the old GMI site, and also a thanks to VE9MB Murry Brown for his foresight and work in establishing the IRG repeater on GMI.