I am Mike, NO7RF and
have been an active ham since 1970.
WB6WUI was my
original call licensed in Lakeside California. On February 15, 2013 I changed it to NO7RF
as I moved to 7-land and upgraded to Amateur Extra in
December, 2012. I am now an avid Internet radio freak
(No 7 RF) operating primarily on DMR (MotoTRBO) and C4FM
bought a home in Mazama, WA in 2007 and commuted
between California and Washington for 2 years before
living here full time. I grew up and lived in California
the since 1954.
I live in a small community of 350 people (large by
local standards) about 9 miles west of of the town of
Winthrop (pop 500), closer to the smaller community of Mazama (pop
200'ish). Mazama (98833) no longer has a post
office, so my home address is in the Winthrop postal
I currently operate
a number of repeaters (see:
repeater page) at
low level sites in the Methow Valley. I have
MotoTRBO digital repeaters, with IPSC
with connections into the
I also have 2 Fusion repeaters running on UHF in
Winthrop and Mazama running in both FM and C4FM
modes (Auto/Auto). There
are a few miscellaneous RF links that fill in some of
the coverage up and down the Methow Valley. That
is an ongoing challenge and project that seems to always
be in motion.
A recent addition is the
Linked Repeater System which links
most of the Methow Valley from avalanche chutes West of Early
Winters down to Pateros, Brewster and Bridgeport.
I am also very active in
APRS and have
several digipeaters installed in Okanogan county as well as
a number of trackers. I did have a re-interest
after a 40 year hiatus.
I do maintain a HF station but
it is primarily for back-up comm out of the valley if
the weather or fires cause disruption to normal
infrastructure. After 40 years of FM and a squelch
control as well as MotoTRBO since 2008, my ear doesn't take well to the band noise
so I am not very active on the "low bands".
I tend to monitor 29.6, 52.525,
146.52 and 446.00 FM simplex from the shack and/or
Ultimately, I hope to have VHF or UHF
repeaters located on higher level sites.
Maybe next year. :-) But for now, I run a
TRBO repeater mobile so my coverage area is
always nearby thanks to my friend Verizon.
For more on my repeater activities,
check out NO7RF/R I can best
be contacted off-air by Email at the link below.