Sulphur Springs Repeater to Bridge FLG to NCTC

May 19, 2016

Smitty and I along with many others from across Texas met at what was called a Skywarn Linking Summit in Sulphur Springs, January 2nd of this year. This was to have two major linking systems  with the same mission to meet and discuss a mutual mission and possibly  connecting.

It's been slow in coming to fruition but this is soon to happen now. That is that the Freedom Link Group (FLG) and the North Central Texas Connection (NCTC) have the ability to connect to each other at Sulphur Springs. All our FLG equipment  is now in place for our 145.11 /  PL100hz Repeater placed in the same rack with NCTC and sharing the same tower. At this point just some antenna and hardline work is still lacking.

The connection will be on demand or as needed connection for Skywarn. We are still discussing how much the systems will be connected during non Skywarn times. This will expand coverage from into Arkansas and Louisiana  through the DFW area, to near Hamilton then all the way extending to Abilene.

That's a LARGE FOOTPRINT but on a personal note, I think it will be great listening to NCTC in possibly a monitor only mode while our approaching SEVERE WX is leaving the Dallas area. Listening  to FT. WORTH - NWS, since that's the direction our weather approaches.

This connection is coming into being because of Nathan Bailey N5REL, and my good friend now SK, Steven (Smitty) Smith W5YME and other volunteers such as Jim Rogers N5VGQ,  Jon Moon KA5HND,  David Stevens KB5WB, myself N5YU and many many more associated with both systems.

We thank everyone that's involved and hope this will be enjoyed by ALL on our good WX days and it raises the level of safety during times of SEVERE WEATHER.

Jim Collom N5YU