Repeater Operating Practices

  1. Monitor the repeater to become familiar with any peculiarities in its operation. This is a good suggestion but don't be afraid to jump in and "get your feet wet" and enjoy the fun.
  2. To initiate a contact, simply indicate that you are on frequency. For example, "This is KC4TIU monitoring." Or, "This is KC4TIU listening." It is very likely that you will get a return call.
  3. Identify legally. You must identify at the termination of your transmission and at least once each ten minutes. This includes when you access the repeater for TIME, or just "kerchunking"-which is not a desirable practice and in fact is illegal operation. Also, the practice of keying the repeater, without identifying, after a QSO has terminated to show a final acknowledgement is illegal as well.
  4. In calling another station, it is conventional to state the station to be called first, then your call, e.g., "KC4TTM, this is KC4TIU calling."
  5. Pause for the courtesy beep after each transmission. This allows someone with emergency traffic; or someone wishing to make a call on the repeater; or other operators wishing to enter the exchange to be heard.
  6. When you have an emergency and need to use the repeater, and it is in use, wait for a pause between exchanges and then use the pro-words "BREAK BREAK" and identify yourself. The other stations should acknowledge and stand by for you to complete your emergency transmission. On the repeater, the word "BREAK" should NOT be used to just enter into the conversation.
  7. When you wish to join an ongoing conversation, wait for the pause between exchanges and then say, {your call}-"KC4TIU" or {your suffix}--"TIU". Then wait for one of the other stations to acknowledge you.
  8. Keep your transmissions short and thoughtful, especially during the morning, noon, and evening drive times when more operators may need to use the repeater.
  9. Remember- Our club has several 2-meter repeaters. If one repeater is active and you need to contact someone, or you expect someone to contact you, try the other repeater. With the new rigs having scan capabilities it is easy to monitor several frequencies at the "same" time. The Club also has a repeaters on 449.000/444.000 and 449.250/444.250. Choosing a simplex frequency among friends has gained some popularity. That practice frees-up the repeaters as well as making your conversation a bit more private-like.
  10. If your conversation is going to be long and the other station is within direct contact range--go to a simplex frequency. It is "more" like a private conversation than what the repeater produces. That also permits other stations, who require the repeater to make a contact, to make a connection.
  11. Use the minimum amount of power necessary to maintain communications. However, you deserve to have a clear communication. If possible, don't subject your contact to a noisy transmission if you can clear it up with a little more power. Some communications are marginal only because one operator likes to use the absolute minimum power.
  12. Don't break into a contact unless you have something to add. You wouldn't walk down a street and just enter into a group's conversation just because you heard them say something that reminded you of a "cute" story.
  13. Respond to calls for assistance or just conversation. Our repeater is known as a friendly repeater. Let's keep it that way.