November update


Over the past weeks, we have been making a lot of changes at the Skyloft site and we would like to thank you all for your support, either financially or by volunteering. It has been so great, that we have not captured all those that have actually dropped in and we have failed to capture your name or callsign. If you have, can you please drop us an email so we can recognize you all accordingly.

Nathan VA3NXP on the tower. Photo by Mike VA3MW
Nathan VA3NXP on the tower - Photo by Mike VA3MW

What has happened so far:

  • The old and very trusted 6809 micro controller was removed from service last Sunday after literally decades of amazing service. There isn't much electronics that runs that long in today's world. It is a credit to those that designed her in the first place and how great a job they did starting from scratch. This innovation was so great in its time, that it was written up in IEEE magazine. We also thank Nigel VE3ID who has been one of the key surgeons who has kept her running for the last 10 years including recovering from a very major lightning strike over 10 years ago. The back of the rack is no longer off limits. 🙂
  • With the 6809 gone, that allows us to clean out the back room and remove everything. In order to do that, we have to turn off all the repeaters on Sunday at Skyloft. This didn't include the 2 repeaters at the CN Tower.

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Skyloft maintenance

For the next week or so the TFMCS SkyLoft site will see a new upgrade. The 1.2Ghz and 6 metre repeaters will be down.

There is NO linking or IRLP.

The 220, D-star UHF & VHF, and the 147.060 are up and running standalone.

We have removed everything and are replacing with new equipment.

The VE3RPT 147.060 is running the new Yaesu System Fusion C4FM in analog and digital.

New updates will be posted as they comes in.

Ralph VE3VXY