WestLINK Amateur Radio Network

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WestLINK is a unique automated scanning link which is accessed and controlled thru the 147.39 (+) repeater in Bismarck.   This system currently scans seven amateur radio towers in western North Dakota and northwest South Dakota.  Amateur radio operators at the National Weather Service in Bismarck (W0ZRT) use this system to relay critical information during severe weather episodes.

If you have monitored 147.39 MHz in the Bismarck area you may have heard various QSOs preceeded by a computer voiced number. What you are hearing is the activity on the various repeaters on the map above. The number code that you hear represents the repeater you are listening to.

Accessing WestLINK

Use your tone pad to key in the following five digit number:
1. The first three numbers are always "123". This sequence alerts the link controller of your presence.
2. The FOURTH number is the code number of the repeater you want to link to. This code is listed in the map above.
3. The FIFTH number selects the antenna you want to use (0 is Omni, 2 is North, 4 is southwest, and 6 is east).

When you link into a repeater you may operate as usual, just as if you were in the vicinity of that machine. Please observe good repeater courtesy.

Leaving the WestLINK

When you are finished, ALWAYS put the link back into scan mode:
1. Use you tone pad and enter "123#0". The "#" digit puts the WestLINK into scan mode and activates the computer voice. The "0" digit activates the Omni antenna.

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