Nepal’s first repeater – 9N1KS 145.000/434.500
Thanks to the energy and hard work of the staff of the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) and the technical and financial assistance of the Computer Association of Nepal – USA chapter, Nepal’s first repeater was inaugurated last month and is working great!
The 9N1KS repeater is located atop the NSET building on the southern outskirts of Kathmandu [map]. Output is 145.000 and input is 434.500 with no tone. A drill conducted at several hospitals around the city suggests that coverage of the Kathmandu Valley is very good. There is regular evening activity by NSET staff, who are using eight Yaseu FT-60s donated by CAN-USA. With more 9N licensees and equipment soon to come, 9N1KS should soon be a busy repeater indeed.
The repeater itself is a Kenwood TM-V71A, fed to a Diamond X-30A antenna at about five meters above the building. Backup power is provided by a 12Ah gel cell.
More news to follow in the coming days and weeks — NSET and the Nepal Amateur Radio League (NARL) have several projects in the pipeline. In the meantime, listen to Nisha 9N1NS’s voice announcement [.mp3] and check out the photos below! Thanks to Rob 9N7ZL / NZ6J and the new licensees at NSET including Khadga 9N1KS, Nisha 9N1NS, Jimee 9N1GJ, Surya 9N1SS, and others for their work on this initiative.
(NSET building, with repeater antenna faintly visible atop building, to the left)
(Rob 9N7ZL / NZ6J of CAN-USA with antenna)