The JGARS is located in the University of Notre Dame's College of Engineering's Fitzpatrick and Cushing Halls on the campus of Notre Dame in Notre Dame Indiana. The station is sponsored by the College of Engineering, and named for Jerome Green, a past Professor of Electrical Engineering who made the first long distance radio transmission in the US in 1899.
The station is open to all licensed amateurs in the Notre Dame community--students, staff and faculty--including St. Mary's and Holy Cross Colleges and alumni.
The ARCND meets in the Engineering Learning Center--terminus of the coax connected to the G5RV multiband HF antenna on the roof of Cushing Hall. We have an active HF station, listen for the ND1U call on the HF bands, and stay tuned here for more.
The JGARS also includes a UHF repeater, on 443.350 MHz with a CTCSS frequency of 131.8 Hz. It is an open repeater and all amateurs are welcome to use it. Currently, there are no specific policies on use, but that will change. The essential principle that governs future repeater policy is the concept of the repeater as a community focal point for ND amateurs and future policies will reflect that, along with a welcome to all amateurs in the repeater service area.
The repeater also runs as an IRLP node, and will be the focus of many engineering student project in both hardware and software areas.
UPDATE! INTERMOD ABATED
This means, of course, that the IRLP node is now up and operational. We have many plans for customization and have begun to work on a body of perl programs to do various things. Currently, the repeater can provide self-service signal reports, current weather conditions, IRLP node status info for any node and a voicemail-to-email gateway that sends messages to registered users mailboxes. All of this is thanks to the flexibility of the IRLP controller and software. Eventually, we will make all of this work available to the IRLP community, though it is currently (no-known-bugs) beta.
If you are interested in helping with the development, email us and we can get you a tarball of the perl module (IRLP::Utils) and the four scripts. It is currently only useful to either perl and IRLP clued users--or adventurous newcomers. It is not rocket science, but it will have a steep learning curve.
QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? Email ND1U at ee.nd.edu