2 - Meters
The following information is a simple guide to courteous
operation on amateur radio repeaters. This list comes from various sources.
It is not intended to be a "rule book." If you operate by these simple
guidelines, you will surely always be welcomed on any amateur radio repeater.
1.) Even 'mild' obscenities are not good operating practice. This includes
suggestive phrases, and suggestive phonetics. You never know who's children
might be listening.
2.) Do not monopolize the repeater. The repeater is a SHARED resource.
3.) If you feel compelled to interrupt an existing conversation,
remember that it is no more polite to do so on the air than if you did it
in person. Would you barge into a roomful of people engaged in a discussion
without saying anything of interest? ...or even worse, saying something completely
unrelated to the topic of conversation?
4.) Ignore jammers and others who try to disrupt the repeater's normal
operation. Without any reaction from the repeater users, they will
have no audience and probably go away in short order. When you attempt to
engage them, it only fuels their actions.
5.) If you are someone who is the subject of frequent interference,
it may be a sign that you are aggravating people with your operating habits.
This may be a sign that it is time for you to adjust your attitude and use
of the repeater. This isn't always the case, but history has shown
that those who have the most trouble with jammers are the ones who have caused
the most friction amongst the repeater users.
6.) Transmit your call sign when you first come on the air.
Make sure you ID once every 10 minutes, but there is no need to identify
too often. Ignore stations who break-in without identifying.
7.) Don't cough, clear your throat, sneeze, etc., on the air; Unkey
your microphone first.
8.) Be upbeat and courteous. Don't complain. This especially
includes complaining about other hams, the repeater, or some aspect of the
hobby. We all deal with unsafe and discourteous drivers, please don't
describe their actions to us on the air.
9.) Do NOT use the word "break" to join a conversation.
It is not considered good operating practice and in most circles the word
"break" is reserved for announcing emergencies. If you simply want
to join in, just transmit your call sign.
10.) Promptly acknowledge any break-in stations and permit them
to join the conversation or make a quick call.
11.) Do not use phrases learned on 11 meters (CB Radio) such as
"handle", "making the trip", "got a good copy on me?", "the personal here
is...", "what's your 20?", "you're giving me 4 bars/S9/full scale (no they
are not...the repeater is...), "are you by on the channel?", "on the side,"
and other strange phrases which should stay on CB Radio. Speak plain
English; this is not a cult. The less said about 11 meters on the air
12.) The commuting hours (drive times) should be left to the many
mobile stations who have limited time to converse. The repeater is
there to help extend the range of mobiles and portables, so be courteous
and give them priority during commuting hours.
13.) Following a roundtable, or rotation format is the best way for 3
or more to participate. Don't ignore people by not passing it to them
for several turns.
14.) Not all amateur radio repeaters have "courtesy tones".
Some times we rely on courteous operators rather than courtesy tones.
Provide a brief pause between transmissions in order to allow folks to join
in. Please do not "quick key" to respond to others. People breaking
into a conversation should transmit their call sign when the current user
unkeys. Do not wait for the repeater tail to drop.