Call Sign: KD5DX Location: Near Dunlay, Texas Repeater 1 – 2 Meter Frequency: 145.290(-) Tone: 162.2 Type: Kenwood TKR-720 Power: 30 watts Controller (Shared) Type: Arcom Model: RC210 Repeater 2 – 70 cm Frequency: 443.350(+) Tone: 141.3 Type: Kenwood TKR-820 Power: 30 watts Controller (Shared) Type: Arcom Model: RC210 Antenna: Diamond, X500HNA, dual band repeater antenna. Emergency Power: Yes (UPS & Emergency Generator) Location: Castroville, Texas Repeater 3 – 2 Meter Frequency: 147.200(+) Tone: 162.2 Type: GE Power: 30 watts Controller Type: Micro Computer Concepts, Inc. Model: RC-1000 Antenna: Hustler, G3-144, repeater antenna. Emergency Power: No (UPS) Future Plans: TBD. For more information about the repeater, repeater maintenance or future plans, please contact Walter Hock/KK5LO or Curtis Lechner/N5VLV.
McArC – Repeater Operation Guidelines
The following set of guidelines for operation of the MCARC Repeaters is for your information and education. Ham Radio is a hobby – an enjoyable one – but one that depends on how we use the shared airways. We all make mistakes. We may not always be courteous. Don’t be offended.
These guidelines are meant as constructive comments. Please read the guidelines, review your operating habits, and if necessary, make adjustments.
* A suggested practice is to “Key up” before speaking with a breath and another before un-keying. A one to two second pause before, during, and after a conversation is good practice.
Repeater Operating Practices (from ARRL Repeater Directory)
1. Monitor the repeater to become familiar with any peculiarities in its operation
2. To initiate a contact, simply indicate that you are on the frequency. “This is (your call sign) monitoring” will suffice.
3. Identify legally; you must identify at the end of a transmission or series of transmissions and at least every 10 minutes during the communication. Always identify your station, even if you just key up the repeater for a test purposes. “Kerchunking” (a short, unidentified transmission to “bring up the repeater”) is illegal.
4. Pause between transmissions. This allows other hams to use the repeater (someone may have an emergency). On most repeaters, a pause is necessary to reset the timer.
5. Keep transmissions short and thoughtful, Your monologue may prevent someone with an emergency from using the repeater. If your monologue is long enough, you may time out the repeater. Your transmissions are being heard by many listeners including non-hams with “public service band” monitors or scanners; don’t give a bad impression of our service.
6. Use simplex whenever possible. If you can complete your QSO on a direct frequency, there is no need to tie up the repeater and prevent others from using it.
7. Use the minimum amount of power necessary to maintain communications. This FCC regulation (97.313a) minimizes the possibility of accessing distant repeaters on the same frequency.
8. Don’t break into a contact unless you have something to add. Interrupting is no more polite on the air than it is in person.
9. Repeaters are intended primarily to facilitate mobile operation. During the commuter rush hours, base stations should relinquish the repeater to mobile stations; some repeater groups have rules that specifically address this practice.
10. All repeaters are assembled and maintained at considerable expense and inconvenience. Usually an individual or group is responsible, and those who are regular users of a repeater should support the efforts of keeping the repeater on the air.