- Use simplex wherever possible freeing the repeater for necessary uses.
- Monitor the repeater (listen) to see if its use before transmitting. Then, if all OK, proceed.
- 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. Interruption without identification constitutes malicious (and illegal) interference. The correct trem is “contact” but many use “break”
- Use the minimum power to key up the repeater. To make contact, simply indicate that you are on frequency . For example “W1AW monitoring”. Do not kerchunk.
- Remember amateur radio transmissions are being monitored by many non-hams with scanners. Watch your language and your manners.
- Repeaters are intended to facilitate mobile and portable operation. During rush hours, base stations should relinquish the repeater to commuting mobiles.
- Keep transmissions short and thoughtful. Do not monopolize the repeater. Pause between transmissions to allow other amateurs to identify themselves if they wish to use the repeater. Pausing also allows the timer to reset, avoiding a “time-out”
- Identify legally. In Canada that means at the beginning and end of a contact and every thirty minutes of operation.
- Repeaters are installed and maintained at considerable expense. Regular users of a repeater should financially support the individual or club owner in their efforts to keep the repeater working properly.
Lots of repeaters at LAX