Guidelines for Repeater Use

1. Emergency use of the repeater has precedence over all other uses at all times.

2. Nets or training activities have priority over routine conversations. These nets maybe informal or formal nets.

3. Please monitor the repeater for a short time before transmitting. If you want to make contact with other stations just give your callsign and say listening. If you want to contact a particular station, give their full call sign once or twice followed by your callsign. You may repeat if no answer. If the contact does not respond, end your transmission by giving your callsign and saying clear.

4. Keep individual transmissions as short as possible and limit your continuous use of the repeater to a reasonable length. If you can hear each other on the repeater input frequency, switch to a simplex frequency for long conversations. It is considerate and good practice not to use the repeater for conversations that can take place simplex.

5: If there is a conversation already in progress and you would like to join in just give your call sign between transmissions. It is preferred not to use the word break to join a conversation. The word brake should be used for routine urgency, not true emergencies. In true emergencies break, break should be used.

6: You must identify your station with your call sign every ten minutes and at the end of a conversation. Repeating the other's call sign and your call sign following every transmission is not necessary. Even when testing you must identify. "Kerchunking" (unidentified transmission to bring up the repeater to see if its working) is illegal and considered poor amateur practice.

7: The repeater has a courtesy tone, which transmits after you have unkeyed. Always wait for the courtesy tone before you begin your response so that someone with an emergency or someone wanting to join your conversation has time to.

8: The repeater is set with a timeout function at approximately three minutes per FCC rules. If you make a continuous transmission beyond this time limit, the repeater will shut down.

9: Keep your conservation's responsible and courteous. Cursing and off -color remarks are not allowed. Use of the repeater to discuss what they do not like about actions of other amateur's or a particular group has no place on the repeater.

10: Transmissions for business purposes is illegal per FCC rules.