Not that any review is needed, nor am I new to radio gear, but I thought I would share for those out there wanting to setup repeaters.
I recently acquired a 6 year old MTR2000 that the owner abandoned at a tower site. The site owner sent a registered letter to inform them to pick it up or he would junk it and the antenna (next time they climb). Got a letter back that they no longer needed it, and the site owner could junk it for them. He called me and here we are.
So I reprogrammed it, dropped the power to 50 watts, and added my old 3 can Motorola duplexor, hooked it up to my existing 10dB fiberglass stick on my little 50 foot tower...and it's on the air. The good thing is these are just about bullet proof, it has the circulator option, and it has a Zetron panel too. Can't ask for much more.
It replaces my 20 year old repeater I built from 2 Motorola M120's and a MRE1032 Controller.
This old repeater will now see new service as an additional channel at another site later this year. it will be open to the public, the MTR2000 is not.
Not a high profile operation by any means, but the right equipment works well and lasts, if you take care of it.