I just bought a 2m/70cm handheld. I programmed in the local repeaters and have been scanning them for a couple of days. Only about twice have I heard one of the repeaters come up and identify itself. From reading, my understanding is that the repeaters are supposed to identify themselves periodically, more often than every hour. I am confused about why I am not hearing them more often.
I did see a conversation on Reddit that suggested that a reason one may not hear the repeaters in cases like this might be because they can be configured to transmit CTCSS tone only when someone keys up the repeater. However, I have the R-CTCSS turned off on my radio, so I wouldn't expect this to be the cause (but maybe I'm mistaken on this).
Am I mistaken in my reasoning somewhere?