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Club Repeater: 147.105  (PL 156.7)   

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Repeater Etiquette 

            The Ham Radio Society has been around for a long time, consisting of professional operators who know how to handle and pass emergency and non-emergency traffic.  This professionalism is in part due largely to their codes of conduct on the air and what we will call "Proper Repeater Etiquette".  We must remember that not only will our repeater system be heard by other hams in the area, but will also be heard by the general public listening in by way of scanners and other receiving equipment.  Our club is judged by what is heard on the air.  In the following are listed repeater practices that we all need to adhere to and follow as we talk on not only our repeaters, but those in and around our area: 

1.         Listen, Listen, and Listen   
                       One of the best ways for new hams to become accustomed  to the hobby is to listen to those who have been around a while. Always listen before you begin a new QSO.  Don't just jump in the truck, turn your rig on, and then just begin calling a station.  Be considerate!  There might just be someone else using the repeater.

2.         Identify Properly       
                      
Make sure and identify properly. (FCC Part 97.119) Requires each station to identify at the end of a QSO and every 10 minutes during each QSO.

3.         "Kerchunking"    
                        Transmitting without identifying is considered illegal!  Please do not "kerchunk" the machine.  If you are wanting to test out your equipment do it legally by giving your call followed by the word "testing" (Example  K4TC testing...)

4.         Language on the  Repeater  
                        Bad language of any type including swearing, off color jokes, and/or any other inappropriate behavior
will not be tolerated.  Don't air your dirty laundry over the repeater!  If there is something that you would like to say or voice about the clubs business or if you have a problem with another member, then contact the people that need and want to hear it!  Remember that others are listening!

5.         On Air Operation     
                       
The repeater is here for everyone's enjoyment and use!  When you here a QSO going on over the repeater, don't be rude and just break in unless you have something to add to the  conversation that is worth while.  If you have a legitimate emergency, wait for the user to finish and break in just before the courtesy tone sounds by saying "break " and then your call.  Users are expected to yield to any and all emergency traffic!  Remember that interrupting someone is no more polite on the air as it is in  person.

6.         Organized Activities      
                      
An organized activity such as a net or a training drill of any kind will take priority over any other regular/non-emergency repeater use!  When you know a net is about to begin, then stay off the air so that "net control" can call the net.

7.         Power 
                       
Please use only the amount of power you need to effectively and clearly get your transmission out to the repeater.  This FCC  97.313a regulation minimizes the possibility of accessing distant repeaters on the same frequency.

8.         Music over the air    
                      
Although we have had little to no problem with this, please remember to turn down the music in the car when you decide to transmit.  Not only is music over the air unprofessional, but it is also illegal (FCC 97.113).

9.         CB vs. Ham Radio    
                       
Please remember that CB has its own language and therefore Ham Radio does as well.  When talking on the repeater, please use plain English not a bunch of CB jargon!  Remember that we are still governed by FCC law.

10.       Be Courteous  
                       
Let us all strive to be a friendly club!  Remember the times when you threw out your call over a repeater or asked for directions and no one answered?  Well, the only cure for this is our willingness to respond.