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As some of you know, the twenty some year old controller that controls the three IRS repeaters is in a funk. We have already lost the Digital Voice Recorder. The biggest complaint is that it wont change into some modes, and some functions are not available. I fear that messing with it, will only make it worse. Therefore, I want to have back-up controller at hand. My priority is to keep two meters on the air. My intention is to replace the button cell "backup battery", re-seat all of the socketed ICs and reprogram it from the ground up. As I was looking at the documentation for the two meter repeater, figuring out how to make an interface cable for a cheap controller, I realized that the Kenwood repeater we installed there eight years ago has a built-in controller. Then I had a a flashback! I thought I remembered programming a "stand alone" mode, where with the simple execution of a channel change, the 2 meter repeater could run on its own, without help from the 23 year old Link comm repeater controller. Looks like I was right! I pulled out the old laptop I only use for travel and programming the controller, and there is was...Just change it to channel 2 and two meters is stand alone. What does this mean for the users of our system? Two meters will still be there, but the bells and whistles won't be. It will simply be a CWID attempt at nine minutes, and a forced at ID at 10 minutes as it is now. There will be no "Drive time" mode, there will be no "Net Mode". IRLP will be unavailable. Linking will be unavailable. 220 and 440 will be off the air. If the Link Comm is terminal, we may end up with three separate repeaters. No linking, etc. How often did we link repeaters? Almost never. I honestly cant remember the last time I linked them for anything other than testing.

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