The VA3XPR repeaters are location at 650 Parliament Street in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood of St. Jamestown. The building is a 24-floor residential high rise, which provides an excellent vantage point for coverage into the downtown Toronto area.
The intended purpose of the VA3XPR repeaters are to:
1. Create a sense of community and to promote diversity within St. James Town and adjacent neighbourhoods;
2. Act as a catalyst for education & learning and to promote the growth of Amateur Radio as a hobby;
3. Provide an alternate means of communications in the event of an emergency or natural disaster in the downtown Toronto area.
All uses of the repeater that support the above objectives are highly encouraged.
The VA3XPR analog FM repeater first went on the air in September 2004 from a location that only provided limited coverage, however on September 24, 2011, it was moved to its current location, where it is able to be accessed throughout most of the greater Toronto area. The VA3XPR digital DMR repeater went on the air on December 27, 2012 to become the first DMR within the city of Toronto.