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 for any 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 & 4:00 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 active "repeater monitors" 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 have ECHOLINK on 24/7. Your can even monitor remotely on your computer and communicate with the world!

These are ideal candidates for "repeater monitors" especially at night.

What is required of them?

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 certainly help.
While on duty can make those hours go by quickly.

The roster!
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 club 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 help also.

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 monitoring 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.


repeater monitors Hours 
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J/S WB1GRB   8/4/11