Laketown, South End of Bear Lake
Elevation 7575 Feet (2310 Meters) ASL
K7OGM/R 147.020 (+) PL 100.0 Hz
Bear Lake is a long, narrow freshwater lake that extends north into Idaho. Due to geography, it is not in the coverage range of any other populated area and in that respect, it is very isolated: Only those repeaters located in the area have any sort of reasonable coverage.
Because of this isolation, the amateurs involved in maintaining this site, Eldon Kearl -K7OGM and John Lloyd – K7JL struck on an idea to provide a community benefit: There was no coverage of the Bear Lake area by NOAA Weather Radio at all – and due to its remote location and budget constraints, there was unlikely to be coverage very soon. Why not provide coverage for the weather service? John – who knows several people at the Salt Lake NWS office – asked about this, and they seemed to be very willing to help. John and Eldon would do the hard part – that is, procure and install the radio equipment as well as provide a site, and the NWS would provide a signal to feed the audio and the license to operate the transmitter.
Thus, after a year or so, it was on the air! For several years the NOAA transmitter used commercial GE radio gear – functioning as a simple repeater, taking the 410 MHz feed from Mt. Logan and retransmitting it on 162.500 MHz to cover Bear Lake with the callsign of WXL-63 and more recently, it was upgraded by the NWS with a more powerful transmitter. From its first day, this system has provided good coverage of Bear Lake and the surrounding communities.