Delta Amateur Radio
Repeater Operation, Information,
Rules and Etiquette:
Always listen to the frequency before you start transmitting. If in
doubt, then ask if the frequency is in use before you transmit.
- Monitor repeaters to become familiar with operation.
- Identify with your callsign at least once every 10 minutes.
(If you ID after the repeater IDs, it will keep you legal) Please
DO NOT use "for ID" after your callsign. It is not
necessary, we all know what you are doing.
- Pause between transmissions to allow emergency breaks and to
repeater timer. The repeater times out at 3 minutes. During Drive Time
(Rush Hour), that time is shortened to 1-1/2 minutes. If you do not
the courtesy tone, then please note that the repeater timer has not
- Use simplex operation whenever possible. To operate on simplex do
an off-set programed in. You will be transmitting and receiving on the
same frequency. The National Calling Frequency is 146.52. Do not use
input or output frequencies for simplex operation.
- Use the minimum amount of power necessary to carry on reliable
- If you have an emergency, then use a double break followed by
<>Always relinquish the frequency to a breaking station.
- If you are unable to hold the repeater or people can't
then clear off until your conditions improve.
- NO BUSINESS ON THE REPEATER AT ANY TIME!!!!
- Never just kerchunk the repeater (keying the mic without
identifying) for the sake of kerchunking. If you
testing your equipment remember to identify.
- Remember that Broadcasting is strictly forbidden by the FCC.
we broadcast without realizing we are, for example when we key- up to
that there is a traffic jam for anyone who is listening, then clear off
. This action is broadcasting.
- Before blaming the repeater for a problem, first check your
then check to see if anyone else is experiencing the same thing.
- Always be aware of your language over the air. The Delta Amateur
Club WILL NOT tolerate bad language, off- color jokes,
inappropriate behavior on its repeaters.
- Remember when operating on an HT, to stand still while
hold the HT so that the antenna is vertical.
- Remember that this repeater is Amateur Radio NOT Citizens Band,
we do not use CB language or terminology. Remember that we have names,
not handles or personals, nor do we use the 10-code.
- When checking into any of the Nets be sure to give your suffix
A-Alpha B-Bravo C-Charlie D-Delta E-Echo F-Foxtrot G-Golf H-Hotel
J-Juliet K-Kilo L-Lima M-Mike N-November O-Oscar P-Papa Q-Quebec
S-Sierra T-Tango U-Uniform V-Victor W-Whiskey X-X-Ray Y-Yankee Z-Zulu
- During band openings remember that our repeater is on the air to
local hams so do not tie up the repeater for extended amounts of time
others might need to make use of it.
Although the FCC has relaxed its rules somewhat, in this area, the
Club has elected to remain with the old policy of NO BUSINESS
on the phone patch. When the FCC relaxed the autopatch rules, they also
allowed for the individual club or organization to decide if they would
relax their club rules or not. We have chosen not to.
It is the policy of the ARRL to safeguard the prerogative of
to interconnect their stations, including repeaters, to the public
system. An important element of this defense is the encouraging of
to maintain a high standard of legal and ethical conduct in their
activities. It is to this end that the following guidelines are
These guidelines are based upon local or regional basis throughout the
country. The ideas they represent have widespread support within the
community. All amateurs are urged to observe these standards carefully
so that, insofar as possible, our traditional freedom from government
may be preserved.
- Autopatches involving the BUSINESS AFFAIRS of any
NOT be conducted at any time. The content of any patch should
such that it is CLEAR to any listener that business communications are
not involved! Particular caution must be used in calling a place of
Calls to place an order for a commercial product must not be made, nor
calls be made to one's office to receive or to leave business messages.
However, calls made in the interests of highway safety, such as for the
removal of injured persons from the scene of an accident or for the
of a disabled vehicle from a hazardous location, are permitted.
- Third party traffic should not be transmitted until the
operator has explained to them the nature of amateur radio. Control of
the station must never be relinquished to an unlicensed person.
a person you do not know very well to conduct a patch in a language you
do not understand amounts to a relinquishing control.
- Phone patches and autopatchesWILL be terminated immediately in
of any illegality or impropriety.
- Autopatches should be kept as brief as possible, as a courtesy to
amateurs; the amateur bands are intended to be used primarily for
- If you have any doubt as to the legality of a patch, DO
- Do not attempt an autopatch call when operating from fringe
cases you can not maintain control of the autopatch. The patch is never
to be used to circumvent a toll call! Due to the coverage area of our
we have to pay close attention, if we are on the fringe areas we may be
in a long distance phone area.
- When you have completed your patch, BE SURE it hangs up and
identify with your call sign.
- The auto patch is NEVER to take the place of a home phone.
- According to the FCC, if we have other means at our disposal
the patch, we are supposed to use it instead. This means that if we
a cell phone we are to use that and not the autopatch.
This information has been approved by the Board of Directors. If you
any questions, comments or need to have any point clarified please
anyone on the Board.
- You will hear the letter N (DAH DIT) when the repeater is
the Net Mode.
- You will hear the letter W (DIT DAH DAH) when the
the Severe Weather Mode.
- And when the repeater is in Drive Time you will hear DAH
the letter D.
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