W1IDX Repeater Group
Pl Tone 131.8
PL Tone of 131.8.
Echolink 147.525 PL
Simplex PL Tone of 131.8 Link to the 224.740
PL Tone of 127.3
PL Tone of 127.3
Please understand that a repeater is like a party line telephone
system. To be successful, ham radio operators must cooperate and be
courteous with each other. Don't hog the repeater. Be considerate of others
who may wish to use it.
Monitor the repeater for a few seconds when you first turn
your radio on before transmitting to be sure it is not in use.
Key up for a half a second
before you start talking so all the repeater equipment has time to engage.
If you start talking immediately when you key, the first syllable may be
lost while the repeater is engaging. This is especially important if linking
is active because the link radios are tone protected and take longer to
Donít hold each key down for extended periods when sending
DTMF commands. If the signal is weak or fluttering, long key presses will
seem like multiple key presses to the repeater. Dial like you would on your
Ham radio operators have names and call signs, not handles
or personals. Use plain English. Don't use phonetics unless necessary for
clarity. Only join a net, when net control invites check in or if you have
important time sensitive information. When you call a station and receive no
response, it is not necessary to advise "no contact". The failed
response speaks for itself.
Breaking into an on-going conversation should be done with
your call sign only. Stations engaged in a conversation on the repeater,
should pause between transmissions. That polite pause will allow breaking
stations the room to say their call sign.
Watch your manners and language on the repeater. Remember
there is a large audience with scanners listening.
Repeaters are installed and maintained at considerable
expense. If you regularly use a repeater, you should financially support
the individual or club owner in their efforts to keep the repeater working
Don't be afraid of doing something embarrassing on the air.
We have all goofed up one time or another. Use of the repeater is intended
to be fun, enjoyable and facilitate your becoming one of the good ham radio
Please feel free to join any net on the repeater. Listen
closely to net control directions regarding station check-ins. We want you
to join in so we can get to know you better and you can get to know us
better. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate in any repeater
activity regardless of club affiliation.
As for acceptable language on the repeater, don't use words
that would be embarrassing in church or in front of your mother, wife or
anyone you respect. Using such language is disrespectful and is not proper
conduct on the repeater. Even though you hear some people use inappropriate
language, don't follow suit and perhaps your good conduct will beneficially
influence someone else's bad conduct. Because of the large and basically
unknown audience, we want to hold to a high standard of conduct that will
reflect beneficially on our repeater, our club and Ham Radio in general.
Also, don't forget there are young ears out there and we want to set a good
With all the new hams coming on the repeater, be sure to
take time to say "HI" and make them feel welcome by inviting them to a club
meeting. Help them any way you can and make them feel like you would want to
be treated if you were the new ham!
Speak slowly and distinctly on the repeater. When ten
minutes has elapsed, say your call sign to identify. You don't have to say,
"for ID", it is understood.
Know where your microphone is at all times. Do NOT lay your
microphone in the seat or put it in a position it can become unintentionally
keyed. You would be surprised how embarrassing your conversation in
automobiles or residences can be if your two-meter rig is unknowingly keyed
and everyone listening to the repeater can hear your unguarded comments or
Use plain English, just like you are talking on the phone.
Speak in a normal tone of voice and normal voice volume. Talk across your
microphone, not directly into it, this will eliminate the breath sounds we
all make. Ham radio Q signals are intended for CW work, not voice so use
plain English. We are knowledgeable, licensed, courteous, professional and
respectful ham radio operators.
If you are in doubt about some action or conduct, you
probably should not do it until you ask, preferably off the repeater.
The club has a dedicated phone patch for all club members.
Do not attempt to use the phone patch unless the repeater signal back to
your station is full quieting. That means the repeater signal is strong
enough to completely silence any white noise from your receiver. If the
repeater has white noise, you are not strong enough into the repeater to
make and control the phone patch function.
Please identify your station prior to and after Phone Patch
usage. It's a good idea to advise people you call on the phone patch that
they are on a radiotelephone link and inappropriate language is not
tolerated. Also remember you cannot use the phone patch to conduct your
Emergency Use of the Repeater
If an emergency net is in progress, refrain from using the
repeater for non-emergency communications. Ask the net control station for
permission if you desire to use the repeater for communications not related
to the emergency in progress.
If an emergency net or weather net is activated, check in
and provide information as requested by the net control station.
Maintain a courteous, professional image. You may be working
with or being observed by several different agencies. Extend every possible
courtesy to served agencies, such as law enforcement, fire, medical,
governmental, etc. make sure they know who you are and your communications
Make sure to monitor your radio at all times and advise net
control if you must be away for a moment.
Follow and obey net control instructions. Never abandon your
assignment without advising net control.