KØHAM Repeater 146.985 + 88.5

Rules for Proper Repeater Courtesy

If you have QUESTIONS about use of the repeater, please ask. FCC Part 97 rules apply AT ALL TIMES.

LISTEN for at least 10 seconds before transmitting, to be sure the repeater is not already in use, or ASK "Is the repeater in use?". In accordance with FCC requirements, the repeater has a TIMER set for approximately three or four minutes. Resetting of the timer is indicated by a COURTESY-BEEP. WAIT for the tone before transmitting.

If you wish to JOIN a conversation in progress, wait until the end of a transmission and give your CALL SIGN promptly. There is time between the end of a transmission and the courtesy-tone. Stations already in conversation should wait for the courtesy-tone before transmitting.

IF YOU NEED ACCESS TO THE REPEATER FOR AN EMERGENCY, say "EMERGENCY" and give your call sign when you break into an ongoing conversation. DO NOT USE "break" or "break break" since they have special meaning for most operators and usage varies around the U.S. USE "EMERGENCY" or your call sign.

ALWAYS ALLOW A BREAKING STATION TO TRANSMIT IMMEDIATELY. This allows the station an opportunity to report emergencies or ask for directions or other assistance. This is particularly important during commuting periods and periods of bad weather when the need for emergency assistance calls are most likely.


Remember that Amateur frequencies are NOT PRIVATE LINES! What you say on the repeater can and will be heard by many people (including the FCC) - YOU HAVE AN AUDIENCE.

Do not say things that may offend others who may be listening. Some subjects, such as POLITICS or RELIGION should be avoided. Use of FOUL LANGUAGE will not be tolerated. Be circumspect in discussing private personal family affairs on the repeater. Do not "advertise" that your house will be unoccupied during vacations, etc.

The repeater gives its own ID. YOU MUST IDENTIFY your station by giving your call sign every 10 minutes during a conversation and at the end of your participation. You do not have to identify the other stations, nor do you have to identify yourself with every transmission.

MONITOR the repeater. Members or visitors may call for assistance. Visitors may just want a friendly conversation on the way through.

If you hear what you believe to be DELIBERATE INTERFERENCE, do not attempt to communicate with the interfering station. Switch to the repeater input frequency and, if you can hear the signal, record the following information for use in locating the source: 1) signal strength, 2) your location, 3) date and time, 4) your antenna and receiver, and 5) any characteristics of the RF, audio or voice that might help in identification. Report this information to a club officer. DO NOT DISCUSS interference incidents on the air.

While the 146.985 repeater is exclusive in this area, there may be times when other repeaters may be heard. Propagation conditions are occasionally such that we will hear the 146.985 output signals from other repeaters. The 146.385 input signals from stations in other repeater service areas will sometimes bring up our repeater. Our use of the minimum power necessary to access our repeater will help minimize interference with our neighbors. BE TOLERANT of the annoyances resulting from these unusual conditions.

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