Club Repeater: 147.105 (PL 156.7)
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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
Requires each station to identify at the end of a QSO and every 10
minutes during each QSO.
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
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
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.
Please use only the amount of power you need to effectively and clearly
get your transmission out to the repeater. This
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
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.