Our Radio Repeaters

The Branch Owns and Operates Two Repeaters in the Wanganui Region.

(A "repeater" to put it simply, is a receiver on one frequency connected to a transmitter on another frequency, usually high up somewhere on a hill/mountain/tall building and/or mast, to extend the range of its' users)


1. "Wanganui 690" VHF Repeater.

This repeater is located near the Maewa Bench Mark (Trig AK5Q, Maidenhead square RF70PH40TQ), about 35km (21 miles) north east of Wanganui or about half way up the "Parapara Highway" (SH3) at about 657 metres (2155') AMSL.

It transmits on 146.90 MHz (Hence the name "690", from the last three digits.)

The Tait TB7100 repeater unit, powered by a Cordex CXRC12-250W power supply, has an output of around 10 watts fed into two stacked vertical folded dipoles antennas.

The Wanganui 690 repeater covers areas including Taupo, Kapiti, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Wanganui, and parts of the top of the South Island.

As of 25 November 2019 a new repeater link installed at Kaharoa Road (grid RF70GH78KB) linking Wanganui’s 690 repeater to South Taranaki’s 705 (grid RF70FK22GD) and New Plymouth’s 720 (grid RF70AT61RP) repeaters. (Click here to see a PDF of the linking setup.)
This has increased the coverage to most of the Taranaki area.

The repeater trustees are John Love (ZL2JEL) and Laurie Winton (ZL2TC)

Wanganui 690 Repeater

The Tait TB7100 repeater unit (top) and the Cordex CXRC12-250W power supply (bottom)

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This is "690's" duplexer filters.
This allows both the repeater's transmitter and receiver to be connect to the same antenna with minimal de-sensing of the receiver.

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690's Duplexer Filters

Kaharoa Road Link Repeater

Kaharoa Road Repeater Link Repeater and Batteries etc.

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690 is in the Small white hut to the South  (Ground view Here)

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2. “Wanganui ZL-TRBO DMR Repeater”

As of 3rd January 2024, this digital repeater has replaced the existing National System repeater in Wanganui.

It is connected to several other digital repeaters around NZ and others around the world via the internet. The repeater transmits on 439.2375MHz (-5MHz split) and is located at the existing Landguard Bluff site near the Wanganui airport.

The repeater consists of a Motorola Digital repeater, with existing retuned duplexers and the antenna is a 6dB collinear vertical on the 10m pole. Power supply consists of 2 x 150AH deep cycle batteries. The battery charger is a Tait T348/16 power supply with a Tait T296 backup.

There are 2 Talkgroups on time slot 2 and 10 on Time Slot 1.

The existing National System can still be accessed via Wharite on 439.975 MHz, Kapiti on 439.925 MHz and Belmont via 439.875 MHz.

The repeater trustees are Laurie (ZL2TC) and Terry (ZL2EI)

Further reading on https://arec.site/arec-dmr-network/

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Link Yagi

NS Batteries

NS Rack

More Pictures in the Photo Gallery.