Our Amateur Radio Repeaters

GCARS operates three (3) amateur radio repeaters, two of which have world-wide communications capabilities, all of which are “open” and welcome for use by all licensed amateur radio operators within the bounds of civility and the FCC Rules: 

1)The 147. 120 MHz 2 meter band FM repeater (100 Hz PL (CTCSS) tone). This repeater is connected by RF to the KG4ZJF-R (node 671596) repeater link on the Echolink global internet linking system. Many thanks to Dennis Hammerle, KG4ZJF, for hosting the Echolink node. 

2) The 444.550 MHz 70 cm band FM repeater (100 Hz PL (CTCSS) tone).

3) The 445.7250 MHz 70 cm band DMR repeater (Brandmeister global network). Special thanks to Gerald Rankin, AG0R, for his generous gift of the DMR repeater to the Gaston County ARES/RACES.  

Our DMR repeater is a Hytera RD-622

Link to the N4GAS Brandmeister repeater web page:


If you would like a code plug to work the repeater, please proceed to the DMR repeater sub-page:


All of these repeaters are located on Spencer Mountain, a monadnock that rises to 1250 ft. above sea level. With the addition of the old WBTV tower, our 2 meter and DMR antenna are about 900 feet above average terrain. Our 70 cm FM repeater’s antenna is on top of the old transmitter building.  Given this terrain advantage, operators can connect to our repeater from the first line of the Blue Ridge Mountains 80 miles away to the west, and to Kannapolis/Concord area to the east, giving us a superb system to reach Gaston County and the Charlotte Metro Area. We are very grateful to Jefferson-Pilot Communications for letting us continue to have a presence on the mountain. Photo below:

The old WBTV transmitting tower (1/2 original height), our 2M/DMR antenna is 3/4 way up at about 200 ft. above ground level.

GPS coordinates: 35.297365, -81.115273

N4GAS Repeater Committee:

(Appointed by the Board of Directors):

Chairman/Repeater Trustee/Club License Trustee:

George Poteat, NC0G


Bill Paczkowski, KT4OM

Mark Thornburg, NC1G

Robert Zeman, K4VAV

Gerald Rankin, AG0R