Sky Lakes Winlink VHF Gateway – COMPLETED


This community emergency radio and preparedness project is a cooperative effort between
Sky Lakes Amateur Radio Association, Sky Lakes Medical Center, and CDCA.

Sky Lakes Amateur Radio Association wanted a VHF packet gateway in the clubs radio room at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Long-term, the club wants to add UHF and HF channels to the gateway. CDCA wanted the opportunity to make this happen in support of the club, and the local ham and EmComm communities

During the build process, the station was on the air under CDCA’s callsign N7CDC-10 on 145.050 MHz. In the Klamath Basin the station is reachable direct, and in the Rogue Valley through the HAMAKR digipeater. We have had successful connections and transfers from Mt. Ashland, Medford, and Yreka CA. Once approved by Winlink, the callsign was changed to KD7TNG-10 and it has been operating under this call since March, 2019.

The success of the Mt. Ashland transfer and existing transfers through HAMAKR from several northern California and southern Oregon areas means a viable Winlink path now exists for several isolated communities. In grid-down, communications-down, emergencies these remote areas have a practical emergency communications option.

We are very happy to have been able to provide support to this important community emergency communications asset.

Your tax-deductible donations to the Civil Defense Communications Auxiliary supports emergency communications and preparedness projects and training like the Sky Lakes Gateway project. Please see our Support CDCA page for more information on how you can contribute to CDCA and the Emergency Communications community.