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Repeaters and Links

Repeaters open to use by club members

  • 147.33, WB2HZT (Grafton)
  • 147.27, KC2FCP (Albany)
    • PL 94.8
  • 145.110, KC2FCP (Troy [HVCC])
    • PL 94.8
  • 224.800, KC2FCP (Troy)
    • PL 94.8
  • 444.700, KC2FCP (New Scotland)
    • PL 94.8

N2NEH's Link

  • 446.150
    • PL 94.8
    • Echo Link: 191903

NOTE: for information on Echo Link, IRLP, and other VoIP applications

see the "VoIP and Amateur Radio" in QST (February, 2003; page 44), available for download from the ARRL Web site [PDF].

Repeater Etiquette

A few notes for new operators from the ARRL Repeater Directory

  1. Monitor the repeater to become familiar with any peculiarities in its operation.
  2. To initiate a contact simply indicate that you are on frequency. . . . [G]enerally, "This is NU0X monitoring" will suffice. Please don't "ker-chunk" (key up without identifying yourself) the repeater just to see if it's working.
  3. Identify legally; you must identify at the end of a transmission or series of transmissions and at least once each 10 minutes during the communication.

A few other notes from the ARRL

 . . . After you stop transmitting, you will usually hear the unmodulated repeater carrier for a second or two. This squelch tail lets you know that the repeater is working. . . .

Don't call CQ to initiate a conversation on a repeater. It takes longer to complete a CQ [call] than to transmit your call sign. . . . Efficient communication is the goal. You are not on HF, trying to attract the attention of someone who is casually tuning across the band. In the FM mode, stations are either monitoring their favorite frequency or not. Except for scanner operation, there is not much tuning across the repeater bands.

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The courtesy tones found on some repeaters prompt users to leave a space between transmissions. The beeper sounds a second or two after each transmission to permit new stations to transmit their call signs in the intervening time. The conversation may continue only after the beeper sounds. If a station is too quick and begins transmitting before the beeper sounds, the repeater may indicate the violation, sometimes by shutting down!

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Never transmit without identifying. For example, keying your microphone to turn on the repeater without saying your station call sign is illegal. If you do not want to engage in conversation, but simply want to check if you are able to access a particular repeater, simply say "N1KB testing."

Just a reminder

Always monitor the frequency before operating for the first time after turning-on the radio: monitor to see how the machine is currently being used (is there in progress a QSO, a special event, an emergency, etc.).


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Meetings

Monthly meetings

and

Field Day

are held at the East Greenbush Masonic Temple, 710 Columbia Turnpike (Routes 9 & 20), East Greenbush (12061), east of Route 4.

Map

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The Annual Hamfest

is held at the Phillips Road Fire House in East Greenbush, N.Y.

Regional Map

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Local Map

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VE Sessions

are held at the East Greenbush Public Library, 10 Community Way (off State Route 151, west of U.S. Route 4 between the Route 4 traffic circle and the I-90 overpass).

Link to East Greenbush Public Library Directions Page

Map

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Some meetings and special events

are held at Rensselaer County Search & Rescue Building located on Neptune Street in East Greenbush, N.Y.

Regional Map

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Local Map

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