In March of 2019 the WA8BRO Club was formed and named the “Backyard Repeater Owners of America” with the vanity callsign of WA8BRO. The club's goal was to bring a new Digital Experience by way of D-Star to the Double Nickel and surrounding areas and to enhance the digital experience we already know with Peanut, Allstar and EchoLink. That goal was quickly accomplished but in 2021 the Dstar equipment ended up with burned out finals.....
In March of 2023 it was determined that this would be much faster and easier for the group to start back up the "Digital Experience" with Fusion. With Fusion's ease of setting up linked repeaters/ Wires-X rooms and digital nodes, we have found it to be a better fit for our repeaters and digital reflectors. Soon the Port Austin Repeater can easily be linked into our CQ-Michigan Wires-X room as well with the new deployment of the Port Hope, Michigan repeater. Combined with our RF Nodes in Bloomfield Hills, MI - Clinton Township, MI - and Oakland Township, MI
The WA8BRO D-Star equipment is repaired, and the re-deployment will be delayed until time permits to re-create the D-Star Gateway and a new Repeater Pair established for the Warren, MI site. The Dstar Reflector is still running on REF089 and will remain functional. Future activities will include bringing the bridge from REF089C back to XLX625 in the future. All D-Star users are still welcome to connect into XLX625A or for that matter any XLX625 Module, all XLX625 Modules are transcoded by hardware for your listening pleasure, not software transcoded.
This club is also associated with the "Digital Dawg Reflector Group" also known as DDRG which, if anyone has noticed, is what all the Allstar, EchoLink and XLX Reflector nodes are coordinated under.
The DDRG is owned and operated by, and under the direction of WW2MI.
The Club has four founding members, and they serve as the current board of directors.
"The Board" is more commonly known as;
K8NET Roberta – as President
W8WAC Wayne – as Vice President
WW2MI Del – Repeater Trustee
KA8WYN Todd – Trustee (Maximus) at Large, GRAND TOWER and REPEATER Owner
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