W5SFA Club-owned Repeaters

Location Frequency/Offset CTCSS/DCS Call Sign Features
Bellville - 2M  - FM Analog Only
Linked to Bellville 70cm C4FM Repeater.   Rx 275' TX 275', 575' MSL  
Bellville - 70CM - C4FM DIGITAL Only
DG-ID 00
Linked to Bellville 2m Analog Repeater.   RX 240' TX 208' 575' MSL
Bellville -  2M D-Star
RX 240' TX 200' (D- Star gateway W5SFA)
Bellville - 70CM D-Star
RX 240' TX 260' (D- Star gateway W5SFA)
Columbus - 2M - C4FM DIGITAL Only
DG-ID 01
Currently testing IMRS link to Cat Spring.  200' AGL, 548' MSL
Cat Spring (formerly Houston) - C4FM DIGITAL Only
DG-ID 02
Cat Spring 50' AGL, 350' MSL

Latest News (6/13/2021)

The downtown Houston 146.96Mhz repeater has been moved to Cat Spring, and the club has terminated its presence in downtown Houston.  The repeater is currently in operation in Cat Spring at the 146.96- frequency, however it is in C4FM digital mode with DG-ID of 02 while we test IMRS linking our repeaters.  Range is currently limited due to antenna height.  Later this year the repeater will have a new home in Wallis, TX.  

The Columbus repeater is now Digital C4FM only, with a DG-ID of 01  .  Please note that you will not be able to use the repeater with FM analog!  

We are currently testing an IMRS link between Columbus and Cat Spring, however the connection is not working while we figure out some odd internet port issues.

C4FM Repeaters

The Bellville VHF (145.410Mhz, Analog Only) and UHF (444.875Mhz, C4FM Only) repeaters are linked, so all traffic is shared between them.  In this way digital users can talk with analog users and vice-versa.  The Columbus (147.14Mhz) repeater is configured for C4FM Digital only and also linked via Wires-X.  

When using the Bellville UHF repeater, set your transceiver's DG-ID to 00.  You should also ensure you have the latest firmware for the transceiver installed.

The UHF (444.875Mhz, C4FM Only) is also linked to the internet through Wires-X.  Our room number is 63655.  If you are not in RF range, you can connect to the room and communicate with other Wires-X users in the room as well as users on the repeater.  Note that to do this, you will need to have an FTM-100DR, FTM-300DR, FTM-400DR mobile radio, or an FT2D or FT3D handheld.  The rig will need to be registered on the Yaesu Wires-X web site, and should be powered up in Wires-X mode.  The rig must also be connected to an internet-connected Windows PC running the Yaesu Wires-X software with the appropriate cable.

D-STAR Repeaters

Use of our D-STAR repeaters do not require registration to talk locally (although you must have a D-STAR radio!).  However for you to be heard over a reflector or by a linked repeater then registration is required by the network.

The Stephen F. Austin Radio Club accepts registration on its D-STAR repeater in the Austin County tower in Bellville. Please note that registration on this repeater is limited to residents of Austin County and its surrounding counties (i.e., your ULS listing must be an address in Austin, Washington, Colorado, Fayette or Waller County.  Out-of-area registration requests will be deleted.  And obviously, you must have a valid Ham call sign.

The D-STAR registration page is here, and instructions for registering can be found here.

Note that registrations must be manually approved and may take a few days.  If any questions, contact the repeater administrator at info <at> w5sfa <dot> org.

Current linking information and last heard status can be found on the repeater's DPLUS Dashboard

Other Repeaters in the Surrounding Area

Washington County repeaters (Brenham)

Location Frequency/Offset CTCSS/DCS Call Sign
Brenham - 2M   147.260/+ 103.5  W5AUM
Brenham - 2M  (Analog/C4FM) 145.390/- 103.5 / DG-ID 00 W5AUM
Brenham - 70CM (Analog/C4FM) 443.250/+ 103.5 / DG-ID 00 W5AUM

Giddings area (Lee County) repeaters

Location Frequency/Offset CTCSS/DCS Call Sign
Giddings - 2M 147.220/+ 114.8 NE5DX

Hwy 71 North (Fayette County) repeaters

Location Frequency/Offset CTCSS/DCS Call Sign
LaGrange - 2M 146.800/- 100.0 N5ZUA
Smithville - 2M 145.400/- 114.8 N5FRT
Bastrop - 70CM 443.75/+ 114.8 KE5FKS

Katy Area (Ft. Bend, Harris, Waller Counties)

Location Frequency/Offset CTCSS/DCS Call Sign
Katy KARS - 2M 147.200/+ 141.3 KT5TX
Katy - 70CM 442.350/+ 131.8 WD8RZA
Katy  -70CM 442.325/+ 103.5 KB5FLX