Per John Hays K7VE on a mailing list:
Ham Radio Outlet is offering ~75% Savings on 3rd Generation Icom D-STAR / FM repeaters.
[1200 MHz] FB-RPTR-1200: https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=71-004335
[440 MHz] FB-RPTR-4010: https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=71-004334
[144 MHz] FB-RPTR-2010: https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=71-004333
Flash Sale Ends 11/17/23 8PM Eastern. Online order only!…
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Steve Stroh N8GNJEditor, Zero Retries
This is going around a lot of lists.
Yes, the price is great.
Here are some things to consider before buying a repeater for the amateur bands:
* if permanent, work out your coordination. the vhf and uhf band plans in many metro areas are quite full. for norcal, go here: https://www.narcc.org/ there's also https://ncdcc.net/home/ but narcc is official. (it is complicated)
* go talk to someone who operates a repeater to find out what it is like. (I run W6OTX on 33cm, 70cm and 2m, someday 23cm)
* secure a location.
* budget for feedline, antennas, tower climbing (if you can't do it yourself), cavity filters, power, test equipment, real estate, software updates/licenses, networking,, computers, racks, etc.
* for 70cm, understand PAVE/PAWS. the military is primary in the 70cm band; part 97 is secondary. we must adjust or turn off as required. the sac area folks know this all too well given their proximity to Beale.