Operating and maintaining a wide-coverage repeater system of this size with necessary redundancies needed for emergency backup is very costly. We need your financial support in order to maintain and improve our existing equipment and to purchase necessary backup equipment that will keep us on the air in the event of a failure. As it stands right now, we are one lightning strike away from being off the air.
$1,000 Goal Reached…THANK YOU!!!
UPDATE: In the midst of technical challenges and difficulties, we are thrilled to announce that our recent $1,000 fundraising goal has been reached, and we now have the funding needed to build our own repeater building at the KRBK-DT Polk, Missouri transmitter site. We thank you, the amateur radio community, for your generosity!
Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn needed the $1,000 to fund the construction of a repeater building which will be needed to house our equipment at the new repeater site to which the Buffalo Repeater is moving. As explained in a recent news update, television station Fox 5 KRBK is offering Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn tower space atop their 475-foot-tall transmission tower near Polk, Missouri which is in the northeast corner of Polk County. At 11 miles northwest of Buffalo, and with double the Height Above Average Terrain of the old water tower upon which our current antenna sits, this new site is expected to drastically improve Skywarn coverage into both Stockton and Pomme de Terre Lakes along with surrounding cities such as Bollivar, Fair Play, Humansville, Pittsburg, Wheatland, Hermitage, Urbana, and others. Meanwhile, coverage throughout the city of Buffalo, Missouri is expected to remain strong.
The opportunity to improve coverage of the Buffalo Repeater at 147.180 MHz. by moving onto the KRBK tower didn’t exist last summer when we budgeted the move to the city’s forthcoming replacement water tower. The need to construct our own repeater building is new, and this is the reason why we were required to raise the additional $1,000. We are very grateful to everyone who donated the initial $5,000 during 2016 and early 2017! Without you, this exciting new opportunity would not be possible. And, because of you, the antenna and coaxial hardline has already been installed! (photo to the right shows our side-mounted antenna on the KRBK-DT Polk, MO tower). Once again, we reached out to you, the amateur radio community of Southwest Missouri, and you came through for us. We are blessed! Thank you!
Donations are still welcome and needed. Money donated going forward will be allocated into our general fund to help pay for things such as insurance and equipment failure. You can donate via the PayPal button below or by sending a check or money order made payable to 49 Repeater Group to the P.O. Box address below.
49 Repeater Group
P.O. Box 246
Willard, MO 65781-0246
Thank you very much for supporting the 49 Repeater Group so that we can continue to serve Southwest Missouri.
We’d like to recognize the following folks and Corporate Sponsors for their support of this repeater system:
NA0OO – Marvin in Joplin, MO
Corporate / Business Sponsors
|Heartland Public Radio, Inc||Fox 5 KRBK
|Meek's||Rite-Way Concrete Products
|KWFC 89.1 FM||KWND 88.3 FM
KD0ISH – Richard in Stockton, MO
KE0HRS – Laurie in Springfield, MO
NA0OO – Marvin in Joplin, MO
W0JOE – Joe in Rogersville, MO
KC0TCF – Bill in Bois D’Arc, MO
KE0FGZ – Brad in Goodson, MO
W0CMW – Mike in Strafford, MO
KE0CVW – Philip in Bolivar, MO
KE0FHX – Marsha in Goodson, MO