HOW TO USE REPEATERSOperating using voice repeaters requires good practice to be observed, and ETCC members are sometimes asked to indicate what is that practice. We also often hear one operator complaining about some aspect of another's operating.
Firstly remember that repeaters are licenced on an INDIVIDUAL's radio amateur licence (the KEEPER) even though they may be part of a larger umbrella organisation such as the UKFM Group (Western) or the Central Scotland FM Group for example. This means that this named person has the legal responsibility for ensuring the station adheres to the licence conditions and is operating correctly.
The KEEPER may have to switch off the repeater in certain circumstances.
It is also worth remembering that repeaters are licenced for ALL radio amateurs to use (provided that they operate within the terms and conditions of their licences) whether or not they have contributed in any way to the upkeep of the repeater or are members of the group. There are NO CLOSED REPEATERS and anyone finding they are prevented from taking part should lodge a complaint to their ETCC regional member.
Here are some key points which should help new and experienced amateurs alike to get the best experience from using repeaters:
Note that this operating guide is based on the use of analogue voice repeaters. Different proedures apply for television and digital modes.
Click here to view RadCom article published in the January 2013 edition in the "Getting started In...." series.
(above) Why Repeaters?
(below) Repeater Block Diagram
(above) filtering (right - a typical repeater cabinet)
(below) D-Star rack (acknowledgements Essex RG)