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I know that repeaters on VHF and UHF are primarily automatic, but there will be times when they will fail, or something is not working. The repeater may not respond to the remote control. In these situations, someone will have to climb the top of a building or go up to the top of a mountain and tinker with it. Who can do this?

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The owner of the repeater is typically in control of who has physical access. Often the owner will permit the trustee of the station license (in the US) to have access in order to carry out their lawful responsibilities although the owner and trustee may be one in the same.

When a club maintains a repeater, there is often a technical committee that is charged with keeping the repeater in good working order.

Also consider that in the US, from a legal perspective, the control point of the repeater may be remotely located from the repeater even if the repeater is normally automatically controlled.

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you clarify that last paragraph? I'm having trouble parsing it. $\endgroup$ – Pete NU9W Jan 31 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ @PeteNU9W The FCC defines a control point as "the location at which the control operator function is performed". Automatic control is defined as "the use of devices and procedures for control of a station when it is transmitting so that compliance with the FCC Rules is achieved without the control operator being present at a control point". Notice neither of these say where the transmitter or repeater is physically located. $\endgroup$ – Glenn W9IQ Jan 31 at 20:28

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