Since the 1970's, the 1200 Radio Club operated 147.12/W1DC repeater. The club consisted primarily of Honeywell employees. When Honeywell left the area, the club survived for many years, but attrition did finally win. In August, 2021, the remaining members of the 1200 Radio Club voted to transfer ownership, and responsibility for operating and maintaining the repeater to MMRA. MMRA voted to accept the repeater.
The W1DC callsign was transferred to MMRA as MMRA/1200 Radio Club, with W1USN as trustee.
As part of the transfer, the 1200RC gave MMRA a number of upgrades that were purchased but never implemented. The new repeater was built over the winter 2021-22 and was installed on April 22, 2022. As of this date, Billerica is fully integrated into the MMRA network.
The Billerica Repeater consists of:|
|On October 27th, 2022, MMRA replaced W1DC's forty-year-old Stationmaster MMRA. As part of the replacement, we replaced the entire Rohn-25 support tower as well. The new DB224-E is mounted to 18 feet of 2" galvanzied pipe. You can also see the HUB link antenna located about 6 feet up on the left.|
|These photos show the old Billerica repeater & antenna that operated from the mid 80's until 2022.|