A Note From Your Director
Welcome to the Georgia District of SERA. My name is Ron Johnson, WB4GWA, your Georgia Director. I am delighted to be able to serve the needs of repeater owners and operators here in Georgia, so please feel free to contact me if I can ever be of service to you regarding the affairs of SERA here in Georgia. John Davis, WB4QDX has joined me as the Vice-Director for Georgia and will be assisting me with frequency coordinations and other SERA duties. John Talipsky, Jr. continues to serve as our Repeater Journal Correspondent and does an excellent job.
My goal is to approach the coordination of repeaters throughout Georgia in a professional manner and to represent SERA’s guidelines regarding all inquiries and requests in a timely manner. Over the years, members of the Georgia SERA staff, especially former director Pete Seabolt N4KHQ, have developed software and database programs which make it easier for prospective and/or current Georgia repeater owners to apply for coordination or re-coordination on line. At the present time this process is used exclusively in Georgia and really expedites the coordination process. The coordination and re-coordination process can now be handled entirely on line using Georgia SERA Form 03. This process saves you time and postage by being able to handle your coordination request entirely on-line.
Frequency coordination is not an easy task, especially when you are trying to coordinate a repeater in a heavily populated area. SERA has a set of guidelines it uses, which we call our Coordination Policy and Guidelines . Once you complete the on-line Georgia SERA Form 03 and submit it, the coordination request is immediately forwarded to the Georgia Coordinator. The information you supply on your Form 03 is input into the coordination software program which queries the existing data base of repeaters to see if the frequency pair you request is available for your location. If that frequency is not available efforts will be made to search for any available frequency so that SERA may coordinate a repeater for you. If a repeater will coordinate (according to our coordination policy and guidelines) at your proposed location, SERA will coordinate it “plain and simple.” The total process from the time you send in your request until you are issued your official coordination can take up to 30 days from start to finish.
SERA’s role is to coordinate repeaters that will not cause interference to other coordinated repeaters and that is the way we coordinate repeaters in Georgia. Coordination within Georgia is becoming somewhat difficult on the 2-meter band. In some areas there simply are no frequencies left that meet SERA’s "standard spacing guidelines". In some cases we have been able to find some frequencies by the use of CTCSS access, taking advantage of natural terrain blockage, and the use of sophisticated RF modeling software (ComStudy) to more accurately predict the performance (both desired and undesired) of a proposed system. There are several available pairs on 440 MHZ, but they are going at a pretty fast pace. 50 MHz, 222 MHz (except in the Atlanta area), 900 MHz, and 1.2 GHz continue to have some vacancies. If you'd like something coordinated, submit your application (Form 03) on-line and/or contact me for assistance. Please be aware that if you are interested in a 2-meter repeater, we will work with you diligently in trying to locate a frequency pair, but there may not be a frequency available (especially in the Northern half of Georgia) that will work.
Cooperation is essential. Existing repeater owners need to be diligent in turning in annual datasheets mailed from SERA each year. Each state coordinator depends upon an accurate database, which can only be as accurate as the information that existing repeater owners keep SERA informed about. This is the reason that the data sheets are sent out each year for you to verify and correct any information about your repeater. Please let me know if an existing repeater is no longer in service so that the frequency can be returned to the coordination pool of frequencies.
We encourage your membership in SERA. You now may join on-line, by using your credit card, at http://www.sera.org/credit_renew_route.htm If you have any questions or comments about Georgia SERA matters, please feel free to contact me.
Ron Johnson, WB4GWA
Georgia SERA Director
ON-LINE FREQUENCY COORDINATION FOR
Georgia Repeater Owners/Trustees!
After visiting the SERA coordination page to obtain our Coordination Policy and Guidelines, you may apply on-line for your frequency coordination (or re-coordination) using the Georgia SERA Form 03. Please note that this link is only for prospective or current Georgia repeater owners/trustees.
Georgia SERA Form 03
State Director & Vice Director - Your Frequency Coordinators
|Ron W. Johnson, WB4GWA
SERA Georgia Director
P.O. Box 306
Concord, GA 30206-0306
| John A. Davis, WB4QDX
SERA Georgia Vice Director
201 Hanarry Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Repeater Journal Correspondent
| John Talipsky, Jr. N3ACK
Repeater Journal Correspondent
385 Madison Chase Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
John Talipsky, Jr.; N3ACK, serves you as our official Repeater Journal Correspondent. Take a moment right now, to copy down John's address so that you can keep him up to date on new repeater activity, amateur club news, or any other amateur radio newsworthy events.