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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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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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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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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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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Blocking a specfic DMR ID

Is it possible to block a specific DMR ID Rx, sort of "ignore"? If so, is it repeater-based, or it has to be set locally, on radio? Speaking of popular md380/390 radios, there is a "Call Alert" ...
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Identifying regulations for interfering stations

I'm working on tracking down some 2m repeater interference, and I have identified that the offending signal is a spur transmission on a commercial pager service (that lands right on our repeater input ...
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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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How do I get a coordinated frequency assigned for my repeater?

I am thinking about putting up a 70cm repeater up on my High School, where they have a very tall roof. By the time It is ready to put it up, I want to make sure a frequency is reserved for the ...
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VHF/UHF digital single-frequency repeater without duplexers?

Some digital voice protocols are time slotted (TDMA), i.e. the transmitter of a station is not on all the time, and multiple stations may transmit digital voice on the same frequency at the same time ...
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Does the ICOM ID-51A's repeater search work with non-D-STAR repeaters?

Has anyone tested the new ICOM ID-51A Plus with regular repeaters (i.e. analog)? I'm looking to quickly find the nearest repeater (and sign on with a PL code!) with like 1 or 2 clicks. Is that ...
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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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Is it illegal to key up and not identify?

So, I key up on a repeater to see if it works, or to see what cool courtesy tone they are using. I don't do anything else. Is it illegal or bad ham radio etiquette to just key up for a second, key ...
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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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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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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 access a P25 repeater?

Are there any special instructions for accessing a P25 repeater? What makes it different from a CTCSS/PL-tone-encoded repeater? What special features does a radio need to access it?
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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 ...
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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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OK to use any repeater?

There are a number of repeaters in my area, each belonging to a particular amateur radio club. These guys are all friendly and willing to chat but I was wondering if it was bad form to make use of a ...
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Wifi passive repeater (antenna to antenna connection)

I have two buildings. Building A has wifi (2.4GHz) infrastructure, Building B doesn't. One side of building B can pick up the wifi signal from building A. I want to passively extend the signal through ...
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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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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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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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Why do repeaters use cavity filters?

Repeaters apparently often use large, expensive cavity filters to connect the receiver and transmitter to the same antenna. Why aren't typical electrical circuits, such as inductors and capacitors ...
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Operating proceedures: testing an HT against a repeater?

Assuming proper licensing for the frequency, what is the proper operating procedure to test whether an HT works and is within range of a (documented as open, 2M or 440) club repeater? Should one wait ...
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Is it possible to have 2 FM transmitters on the same frequency?

Has there been any success in transmitting two simultaneous FM signals? I am assuming if the phase is correct, and the signals are identical, it would be possible. That would be really nice if newer ...
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How to program Kenwood TM-742A 6-meter repeater offsets for 500kHz

All the 6-meter repeaters in my area use a 500kHz offset, but the Kenwood TM-742A defaults to 1MHz offsets. Is there any way to make it easier to program the local repeaters into this radio?
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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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How can we determine what repeaters to use?

My wife and I are studying for our Technician class licenses. We are thinking about how we could communicate with each other while both of us are at work, she being in Oakland, CA and myself in ...
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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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Empty Repeater Slots and Percent FM when downloading D-STAR repeater list

When downloading a repeater list from dstarinfo.com as shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJCvLsK1cKc, there are two numeric fields: Empty Repeater Slots Percent FM What are they? ...
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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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Maximum size of a command on an RLC Club Deluxe 2

With reference to an RLC Club Deluxe 2 repeater controller: What is the maximum size of a command? What is the maximum size of a macro? The manual does mention "Limits on Macros" but all it says is: ...
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Would it be feasible to set up a SSB or AM 2 meter repeater?

Would it be feasible to set up a SSB or AM 2 meter repeater? I want to set up an AllStar full duplex node and like the idea of AM because stations can double without issues. SSB works for weaker ...