Jan (ZS1VDV) and a friend departed to Hawequa around 09:00
Arrived on site 09:45, little to no wind and about 5 degrees.
View towards Worcester from Hawequa
Started to try reproduce the current interference problem. Could only get it to happen when our repeater started to transmit first and the the commercial repeater in our hut second.
Next step was to measure our duplexer and bandpass filter (RX) and second harmonic filter after the circulator. I did not check SWR, because this was checked on the previous visit. Nothing could be found wrong with our filters and duplexers. (The bandpass filter on RX does add about 2dB insertion loss on 145.050 Mhz and will need to be replaced as this sets our total insertion loss for the duplexer and bandpass filter to about 4 dB).
145.650 Duplexer (Sinclair Q202)
Bandpass filter in RX path
Then scanned with a SDR spectrum analyzer. Found that the commercial repeaters RX and TX frequencies was labelled wrongly. Could not find any strange signals. About -85 dB filter on the TX frequency of the commercial repeater in the input path.
SDR Spectrum Analyzer
So the only conclusion was that the interference is a mix of our output signal, but mixed with the commercial repeaters signal. The second harmonic filter was replaced by a bandpass filter to make sure that our transmission path is clean.
New bandpass filter installed
This did not solve the problem.
For now removed the CTCSS on TX path. Will check in with commercial repeater owner to add a circulator to their repeater.
Resolved the battery voltage that was reading wrong. The sense wire got damaged and was replaced.
Left for home around 13:50, about 9 degrees.
Arrived home around 14:30