After several months of slow progress, the 442.300 repeater is on the air in Henderson. This repeater is a Tait rack with the T855-20 receiver, T857-20 exciter and T859-20 PA. Recently added is the Motorola TLE2351A 250w Duplexer and an ID-O-Matic controller. I used some aluminum tube stock that was laying around to mount on for now. The frequency coordination with Texas VHF-FM Society was only about a two day turn around.
The repeater is located at my shack and is on my 55' crank up tower. I recently added a 20' pipe which puts the center of the Diamond fiberglass antenna around 80'. It is working well for the limited height and for the crap coax and dual Diamond. My biggest joy, other than getting her working, was being able to work the repeater from inside our local Wal-Mart - typically a dead zone.
Eventually, we will have to find this machine a new home with some altitude and fine tune it for that site. For now we'll run her as she sits.
So if you're traveling through Henderson, tune to 442.300 (+ 5MHz) - no PL tone and say hello!