Questions tagged [repeater]

A device that receives a signal and re transmits it either in the same band or by re-modulating it in a different band.

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Why am I not hearing repeater identification more often?

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. ...
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Is power output or something else to blame for my duplexer failing?

A Ham buddy of mine and I were trying to setup a UHF repeater in our area due to a lack of them. We had two Motorola CDMs, one a 1250 and one a 1550, and we purchased a $200 or so reject only duplexer ...
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Why do people say, "get a nickel," on repeaters?

Sometimes, I'll hear someone say "wait a moment, I'm getting a nickel," and then drop the carrier only to resume talking. Why?
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Store and forward system like voicemail for hams

I want to be able to get in touch with hams in my area when we are not both on air at the same time, but are close enough to each other for VHF communication. I want to be able to use my radio to call ...
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Why don't I hear the CTCSS tones when listening on the repeater input frequency?

I am newly licensed (Technician) and bought a UV-5RA as a cheap way to check out what's going on in my area and see if I'm finding it interesting enough to get a better UHF/VHF HT. The other day I was ...
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If repeaters share the same call sign are they "Connected"

Newbe here, I was looking through repeaters in my area and I noticed that there were a few repeaters that shared the same call sign(even though they run on different frequencies). Does this mean that ...
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Repeater build problems

I'm trying to build a UHF repeater using two Motorola radios. I have a cable connecting the two radios that was built for doing such a project. The radios have been programmed for the appropriate ...
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Is it possible to setup a private network with DNS lookup using app_rpt?

I am going through a bit of a headache trying to find this information. I have a lot of people interested in a private simplex node/repeater network using Asterisk/app_rpt, the same software ...
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Repeater design using round robin transmitters to increase duty cycle?

I would like to build an FM repeater using a short stack of Kenwood TK-890H rigs adjusted to 70cm USA amateur band, but the model has a 100W rating with a duty cycle of only 20%. 20% isn't nearly ...
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Repeater transmit voice message/warning on input frequency?

I'm in the process of planning a UHF CB radio repeater. And I've heard there are ones around that transmit a voice message/warning on their input frequency (as well as standard output channel ident) ...
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How does a Baofeng radio know an incoming transmission is from a repeater?

Baofeng radio's have two menu options for squelch tail elimination (STE). Item 35 is for general simplex STE, and item 36 is for repeater STE. My question is how would the radio know if a transmission ...
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Ham radio repeater

I am wondering if using a VHF/UHF ham radio for emergency (I get injured, become ill, run out of water/food, etc.) communication while hiking the Continental Divide Trail would be possible. I see that ...
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Why do repeater duplexers have notch cavities between transmitter and antenna?

Why are notch filters used on the transmit side of a repeater duplexer? The primary purpose of a duplexer is to keep the transmitter output out of the receiver input, since they both operate at the ...
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Hypothetical question: Repeater with power amplifier

This is my first time ever asking a question on stack exchange or any stack site, so please be gentle if I missed something here. I am currently working on building a UHF (GMRS) repeater, and while ...
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Repeater carrier as access

I'm just getting into ham radio. I'm trying to connect to a repeater here in Ireland: Channel: RU260(RB10) Output: 433.250 Input: 434.850 Call sign:EI7SHR Access: Carrier What does the "...
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Help with Repeating 439 MHz signal

I have a remote wireless water tank level sensor. It transmits at 439 MHz with an apparent max range of 100 metres. Unfortunately I need about 200 metres. How can I extend that range?
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Talk Around vs Reverse

I thought that "Talk Around" and "Reverse" were two ways of referring to the same thing: swapping a channel's transmit and receive frequencies so that one could e.g. listen for ...
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Beginner listening to a repeater - only hearing one station

This morning I tuned in to a repeater about 12km from me (in the UK). I could hear activity, but from only one station. I could tell that there were other stations using that repeater from the ...
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When are licenses required for 900 MHz operation in the US? When are they not required?

Forgive me if this is not the proper forum, but I am an electrical engineer and a total radio novice. I am designing a product that may contain off-the-shelf industrial radios that act as repeater ...
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Why is a separate repeater required for digital modes? Why can't an analog repeater be used for digital modes?

Regardless of the mode: digital or analog, the radios always transmit sinusoidal EM waves. So wouldn't a regular analog repeater be able to rebroadcast that EM signal regardless of its encoding?
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Can one repeater be used to hit another repeater?

Here's why I wonder about this: I would love to be able to reach an Echolink-enabled repeater or similar, but I live on the other side of a ridge that would probably block a transmission to the ...
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Repeater Features: What is e-power and link?

I am so new to ham radio that I don't even have a transceiver or a certification study unit yet. Just learning all I can right now. So, I'm looking at a repeater that I might be able to reach with a 5-...
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What are the regulation requirements for running a repeater?

When I try to find information on the requirements to run a repeater, I just see a lot of results related to building one. But I'm wondering about USA regulations. Does one need a particular license?...
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Baofang uv-5rA/ repeater trouble

I programmed my Baofang UV-5RA radio to my local repeater about less than a 1/4 mile away. When I cue the mic and release, I get a signal from the repeater. However, I can only hear people if I have ...
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Are there any "parrot" repeater software projects out there?

I happened across a discussion on building repeaters for Amateur radio, which lead to looking at GMRS repeaters (because apparently this is a potential source for inexpensive 70 cm Amateur repeaters), ...
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Is there a freely accessible repeater database?

The well-known repeater listings/apps don't provide a database that you can download and use freely for any use in building your own app. Is there a such a freely accessible repeater listing database ...
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Malicious interference to repeater

Our local repeater is severely sabotaged by unknown parties. For example, broadcast radio transmissions are repeated. Other times someone will send a transmission, when a qso is in progress. Local ...
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Audio too high, how to troubleshoot

I am using a TYT TH-9800 with a 10 m half dipole antenna on low power (5 W) to connect to a WIN linked repeater (+5.0 MHz offset and 123.0 tone). I made contact with two other stations and was told ...
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What is meant by CC 7?

I am seeing a repeater on RepeaterBook 444.8375 +5 MHz CC 7 Portland, Providence Portland Medical Center Multnomah WA7HAA OPEN ON-AIR I'd like to programme ...
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Local Relay with static

On our local Relay there are from time to time transmissions, where only static can be heard. Most transmissions via relay can be heard clearly. What could be the cause of this?
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New quad-band mobile receives while transmitting?

I've got a week-old TYT TH-9800, a quad-band (10/6/2/70cm) mobile, Chinese knock-off of a Yaesu HT-8900. So far, I love it -- several times the power of my HT, and a better antenna actually outside ...
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How to plot transmitter coverage area?

As an Extra class licensee, I should probably know this... I am working on a web application for repeater owners. I would like to include an estimated coverage area, provided they have entered all of ...
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How come wifi repeaters aren't just amplifiers?

Not sure if in scope for ham SE. I'm very new to this. Most wifi repeaters contain an actual router and two radios set up to receive and transmit at different frequencies. Why can't we have a wifi ...
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Call sign ID for a "homebrew" or improvised repeater?

I saw a couple YouTube videos last night about setting up a repeater using a pair of cheap hand-held radios and, at its simplest, an audio patch cable to connect the speaker output of one radio to the ...
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How can I be sure I'm actually hitting the repeater?

I'm just starting to use 2m and 70cm bands, which normally use repeaters to extend range beyond a mile or two (limited mostly by line of sight, as I understand it). When I'm at home, however, I'm not ...
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How do I set the "tone" in my new BaoFeng BF-F8HP?

I just got this new 2m/70cm hand-held, my first ham rig. I neglected to order the computer connection cable with the radio (it's on the way, and I've already installed the Chirp software on my Linux ...
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In-house repeater?

At one time I was active in the local SKYWARN program, but then we moved and I find myself 10 miles from the local repeater. Given the various obstructions between it and me, I can't really hit it ...
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From where do repeaters get their power supply?

I imagine that a repeater atop a building for which the repeater owner has sought permission would be sharing the same power source as that of the building occupants, but: What if the repeater is ...
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Should I add call signs with /R suffix to the logbook?

Sometimes in FT-8 mode I receive calls like this one: It happens 2-3 times a week. The problems are: 1) I never could look up such call signs 2) I tried to reply, but never got answer 3) I don't ...
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Who has the ability to physically manipulate a repeater's controls?

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 ...
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How to clean up profanity on airwaves

We have a repeater here in Southern California (Sylmar K6GE 147.435), and no matter what time of day or night there are a great many operators spewing tremendous profanity, disrespect and meanness ...
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How can I tell if someone is mistakenly transmitting on a repeater output frequency, instead of the (offset) input frequency?

I sometimes run a VHF radio net for our club, on a 145.170 MHz channel served by a repeater with a -600 KHz offset. People who program their transceiver with the proper repeater offset mode use it ...
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What should I put on a QSL card for a repeater contact?

From time to time I'm a new ham's first contact - usually on a repeater. If I want to send the new ham a QSL card, how should I distinguish a repeater contact from a non-repeater contact? Is there a ...
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Repeater for 1/4 square mile campus

I am a noob to a lot of amateur radio and I am investigating and planning a repeater setup to be installed in my workplace. We are on a hospital campus in Chicago, IL and have many tall buildings ...
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Repeating UHF Handheld via UHF vehicle transceiver

I have recently taken on programming radios for my workplace in Chicago, IL. We have an old base station (Kenwood TK863G-1) that I wanted to know if it would be possible to use as a repeater similar ...
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Using a Duplexer and Diplexer in Series

I have 3 Motorola CDM750s that I’m using to build a multi-purpose, portable, temporary repeater. There are 1 VHF and 2 UHF radios. I want to be able to use it as either an in-band UHF repeater or as ...
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Why can't I hear myself from a second radio when bouncing off a repeater?

I am a relatively new ham, and haven't joined any club yet or participated in any nets. I have, however, hit a repeater just to know I can do it. I was told my sound was scratchy (no surprise there) ...
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building a relay for 5.8Ghz?

I'm interested in building a relay for analog video sent from an R/C aircaft. The idea is to get around obstacles like hills and increase distance a bit. Rather than just applying more power, I ...
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How do 0 offset repeaters differ from offset repeaters?

I found a listing for a repeater with 0MHz offset and I don't know what to expect from a repeater like this that is different from a traditionally offset repeater. repeaterbook.com/repeaters/details....
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Trouble figuring out what is meant by this repeater callout?

On a repeater I frequently listen to there are a handful of expected automated messages. Namely, at the top of the hour it tells the time and the callsign, and every 10 minutes it sends out it's ...