Repeater Protocols

We’ve been having some operating issues on our local repeaters.

One of the problems that cropped up recently was one ham rebroadcast something he was hearing on a scanner. I immediately told him this was not okay.

Here’s why it’s not okay:

Not only is rebroadcasting a signal from outside of the ham bands illegal but much more importantly it puts the licensee of the repeater in jeopardy as well as the guy who is making the illegal broadcast.

The other issue is after one guy does something like this, newer hams may mistakenly think this okay behaviour.

We’ve got one guy who loves to drop in comments but doesn’t identify. Of course, everybody knows who it is as his voice is distinctive but he only gives his call sign at the end of the conversation.

Again, personally, I couldn’t care less and I don’t communicate with anyone who won’t identify when they start their conversation but it sets a bad example and is illegal.

Aside from that it’s fine.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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