The HEARS repeater network is a real gem when it comes to full time linked 440 repeater systems. With its gigantic footprint, the HEARS network currently links Albemarle to Blowing Rock, Mt Airy to York, SC and most points in between. The HEARS contiguous coverage includes all of the Charlotte Metro area , the Highway 321 corridor, I-40 from Marion to Winston-Salem and most impressively the entire I-77 corridor from Rock Hill, SC to well past the Virginia state line. HEARS repeaters in the NC Mountains also extend the footprint well into western South Carolina. It is extraordinary the number of square miles of western North and South Carolina the HEARS linked system covers.
HEARS stands for Hospital Emergency Amateur Radio System. This network was envisioned and organized by Derek Rogers KD4ADL and Tucker Sizemore WG8E. They have worked ceaselessly over many years to assemble and maintain the HEARS network for the use by our region’s hospitals. Over forty hospitals, mostly in Western North Carolina, can rely on this network during times of disaster. HEARS also conducts a daily 9:30 pm net to ensure that the linked system is fully functional. All amateurs are cordially invited to participate in this net.
HEARS always encourages Amateurs to use the 440 linked network. Since it has an exceptional footprint, HEARS is a useful tool to keep in touch with friends who may be well outside the coverage area of your local standalone repeater. Many have also found the HEARS system very useful when traveling around Western North Carolina. If you are at home or on the road, please feel free to utilize the capabilities of the HEARS network.
The HEARS network is also linked full time to 8 repeaters in Virginia and has the capability to be linked to the Carolina 440 network and the SC HEART system. An EchoLink connection can also be made through the KD4ADL-R node (#8092).
Odds are that if you are in the Metrolina region, there is a HEARS repeater within range of your HT. When you are traveling in Western NC, use the HEARS repeaters to keep in touch with your friends and family. I heartily recommend that you visit the HEARS website at http://www.n4hrs.org/ for the list of repeaters in this remarkable 440 linked network.
Tony Lewis – KE4VVF