Increase SARA Ham Radio Repeater Activity
W1EE 146.655 Out 146.055 In PL-100Hz.
I am recommending SARA establishing active
"repeater monitors" from
among the users of our repeater that can "stand guard" a few hours a day
(without fail) with the simple task of "just listening" in the background
calls on our repeater and answer them. These hams would be called the "pool"
among other names. They would answer calls and let the ham on the other end
know someone was listening.
It would start out buy having a pool of "repeater monitors" can be any class
of licensed ham authorized by their license to use the repeater and they as
a whole, would cover 0700 - 1030 & 1600 - 1900. (7:00 am - 10:30 am &
pm - 7:00 pm. The more operators that can share some time monitoring on the
repeater, the better. This lessens the "load" of a particular operator. They
are NOT the control operators, they simply provide a reliable "contact"
for operators on the repeater during the commuting hours.
I have listened during these hours and heard stations calling and no one
answering including EchoLink. Once we began to have reliable
that can answer stations on the repeater
usage over time should increase.
Where to get the volunteers for the "pool"???
Some of our club members are retired with much time on their hands and many
others work "nights" and odd hours and have the ability to monitor a
particular repeater frequency for long stretches at a time. Many are just
"night owls" that stay on 75/80 meters and rag chew all night long. We now
on 24/7. Your can
monitor remotely on your
computer and communicate with the world!
These are ideal candidates for "repeater monitors" especially at night.
What is required of
All they have to do is keep their 2 meter
radio on and monitor our 146.655 repeater for ANY CALLS....and answer them.
Let the caller know someone is listening!
It should not be difficult for anyone to have a 2 meter rig going in the
background when your having fun on another band like hf.
These guys and gals who are repeater monitors must be dedicated to
serving their fellow hams and our community. If you know security
guards on the night shift that are licensed hams, they may be willing to
"monitor" our repeater. Licensed security and police officers get very
lonesome on those all night jogs and may welcome
the opportunity to be an "official" repeater monitor! In times of real
emergency, they could be priceless!
The repeater monitors should have a landline nearby with important emergency
phone numbers for any type of emergency that might come up as a must. A good
supply of writing materials to take notes if needed should also be handy.
If your on "night duty", lots of coffee if your a coffee drinker would
While on duty can make those hours go by quickly.
Times, dates, etc should be included for each repeater monitor well in
advance. Someone will have to be "in charge" of getting the current roster
together and getting them distributed to all.
Simple station equipment would be required, just a transceiver tuned to the
repeater frequency, either mobile or base/ht and a good antenna setup that
would yield you the range needed to get into the repeater with a good signal
with appropriate AC/DC power for the transceiver. Having backup power would
Access to local weather reports/warnings, and real-time weather radar via TV
or the internet
for our area would be an important asset for severe weather
notification to the repeater users. Having access to
good local police radio
via a scanner would also be helpful.
Can you imagine how you would feel on a lonely stretch of road in the dead
of winter with the snow flying and it's freezing and you know that
the area you are in has spotty cell phone reception or you have no cell phone.
But, you have that 2 meter radio under the dash and help is as
close as the mic if you need it!
If you would like to volunteer
Subject repeater monitors.