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B.C. Repeater: 2 Meter Band Frequencies
Repeater Operating Procedure


You are now a 'ham'. Now comes the fun part. Here are some suggestions to get you operating.

  • Join an amateur radio club
  • Let club members know you need information on the purchase of a radio.
  • Check out the following Radio Communication Dealers:

  • Read Industry Canada's website: Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service, (RIC-2)

  • Now you are ready to go 'on the air'. How? Possibly the easiest way to start is to check into your local amateur radio club's net.

  • Make an 'appointment' with a ham friend and have a chat. Remember that a hand-held radio is not a private telephone. Nothing is private when transmitting on amateur radio frequencies. It is important for operators to always conduct themselves in such a way as to not bring any disrepute on the Amateur Radio Service.

  • Recommend your first conversations be on Simplex - then you progress to the use of repeater stations available in your area. Repeater frequency information is available from club members or from:

    • The ARRL Repeater Directory
    • BC Repeater List: 2 Meter Band Plan www.bcarcc.org

    It is best to use simplex whenever possible, as this frees the repeater for other uses.

Repeater Operating Procedure

  • Monitor the repeater to become familiar with any peculiarities in its operation and to make sure no one is using it.

  • To initiate contact simply indicate that you are on frequency. "This is VE7(???) monitoring" will suffice.

  • Legal identification requires an operator to identify at the beginning and end of a contact and at least once every 30 minutes of operation. However, it is recommended that identification occur more frequently, at least every 10 minutes or less.

  • Pause between transmissions.

  • Keep transmissions short.

  • Don't break into an ongoing QSO unless you have something to add. If one must break, that operator must identify first and then wait to be acknowledged. It is considered impolite and malicious interference to break in without identifying first.

  • Remember to use the minimum of power necessary to key up the repeater and not to kerchunk.

  • During high traffic rush hours, base stations should relinquish the repeaters to facilitate mobile and portable operation.

  • All repeaters are assembled and maintained at considerable expense. Therefore, all regular users should financially support the person or club responsible for keeping the repeater on the air.


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