JARA Call Sign now W0ROO

December 2015.  As of Christmas Day 2015, JARA now has the callsign W0ROO, a club station call in memoriam of Mac and with the permission of Evelyn McConnell.  We are proud to have Mac’s callsign back on the repeater.  Thanks for KB0SCK-Lindsey and WA0SRS-Steve for their support with the repeater maintenance and update.

Digital Repeater Arrived

November 2015.  JARA is in possession of a YAESU DR-1 144/430 Dual Band C4FM/FM Digital Repeater.  We attempted to replace the iCom repeater but had a de-sensing issue with the receiver.  We are in the process of re-engineering the site

Welcome to JARA

Robert “Mac” B. McConnell, WØROO SK

Robert “Mac” McConnell, WØROO, would always sign off from “Lake Jarbalo”.  There is a Jarbalo, Kansas; a postage stamp size town near the bottoms of the frequently flooded Stranger Creek.  When the creek is high, it literally looks like a lake in some places.  Mac had a friendly voice, a great mentor, and a fun-loving radio operator.

Mac – WØROO in his “Mad Scientist” pose.

In his honor, we are carrying on the Jarbalo Amateur Radio Association (JARA) and keeping the UHF Repeater operating that long bore his callsign.

As of July 2015, the repeater is operating atop Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Specifics can be read on Repeater Book.  Here is a synopsis:

Frequencies: 444.800+  PL: 151.4 Hz
Power: 35 watts
Call: W0ROO/R
Radio: Yaesu DR-2X C4FM “Fusion” Repeater

FM Net: Join us each Sunday evening at 7 pm Central for the weekly JARA UHF Equipment test net in association with the Pilot Knob Amateur Radio Club, Leavenworth County ARES, RACES, and KC Heart.

Fusion: When operating in digital mode, the repeater has a default connection to the Kansas City Room; a network of 9 nodes and repeaters in the Kansas City area.

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