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Patrick Henry Amateur Radio Association

Offset + Pl tone 107.2
Located on top of "Chestnut Knob"
Just outside of Martinsville, Va.

Repeater Rules

General Rule
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.
  • Wait a second after you have engaged your PTT button before you start talking. Sometimes people start talking before or while they are keying the microphone and some of the transmission is not heard by those listening. This is especially true when you just announce your call.
  • Pause between transmissions to allow emergency breaks and to reset the repeater timer. If you do not hear the courtesy tone, then please note that the repeater timer has not reset.
  • Use simplex operation whenever possible. To operate on simplex do not have an off-set programed in. So you will be transmitting and receiving on the same frequency. The National Simplex Calling Frequency is 146.520.Do not use repeater input or output frequencies for simplex operation.
  • Use the minimum amount of power necessary to carry on reliable communications.
  • Always relinquish the frequency to a breaking station. Remember that even though we usually talk to the same people daily at about the same time, they may have an emergency rather than just wanting to join the round table.
  • If you have an emergency, then use a double break followed by your call sign.
  • If you are unable to hold the repeater or people can't understand you, then clear off until your conditions improve.
  • Never just kerchunk the repeater for the sake of kerchunking. If you are testing your equipment remember to identify.
  • Remember that Broadcasting is strictly forbidden by the FCC. Sometimes we broadcast without realizing we are, for example when we key- up to announce 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 equipment, then check to see if anyone else is experiencing the same thing.
  • Always be aware of your language over the air. The Patrick Henry Amateur Radio Association WILL NOT tolerate bad language, off-color jokes, or inappropriate behavior on the repeater.
  • Remember when operating on an HT, to stand still while transmitting and hold the HT so that the antenna is vertical.
  • Remember that this repeater is Amateur Radio NOT Citizens Band, therefore we do not use CB language or terminology. Remember that we have names, not handles or personals, nor do we use the 10-code, Q signs, Military Jargon, or Phonetics unnecessarily. Repeaters are for plain language.


     It is the policy of the ARRL to safeguard the prerogative of amateurs to interconnect their stations, including repeaters, to the public telephone systems. An important element of this defense is to encourage amateurs to maintain a high standard of legal and ethical conduct in their autopatch activities. It is to this end that the following guidelines are addressed.

     These guidelines are based upon local or regional basis throughout the country. The ideas they represent have widespread support within the amateur community. All amateurs are urged to observe these standards carefully so that, insofar as possible, our traditional freedom from government regulation may be preserved.

  • Autopatches involving the BUSINESS AFFAIRS of any party MUST NOT be conducted at any time. The content of any patch should be such that it is CLEAR to any listener that business communications are not involved! Particular caution must be used in calling a place of business. 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 removal of a disabled vehicle from a hazardous location, are permitted.
  • Third party traffic should not be transmitted until the responsible control operator has explained to them the nature of amateur radio. Control of the station must never be relinquished to an unlicensed person. Permitting 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 autopatches WILL be terminated immediately in the event of any illegality or impropriety
  • Autopatches should be kept as brief as possible, as a courtesy to other amateurs; the amateur bands are intended to be used primarily for communication among amateurs.
  • If you have any doubt as to the legality of a patch, DO NOT MAKE IT!!!
  • Do not attempt an autopatch call when operating from fringe areas. In such 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 repeaters 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 remember to identify with your call sign.
  • Remember that 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 other than the patch, we are supposed to use it instead. This means that if we have a cell phone we are to use that and not the autopatch.
  • Any bogus calls made to 911 are Felony offenses . Every attempt will be made to find and expose these offenders to the Proper Authorities

If we all abide by these rules the repeater will be more enjoyable to us all.



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