How to sound like a pro when operating on a repeater was written in an effort to help Elmer newly-licensed hams (and those who may or may not have a CB background) on common conventions used when operating on repeaters. None of us are perfect and even long-time hams slip up now and then, but we hope that this guide will help you sound like a pro when operating on repeaters.
The guide provides positive guidelines, and lays out common nomenclature used by convention on repeaters. There are no hard and fast rules. Your ham license won’t be revoked, no one is going to laugh and point, but you are more likely to get a positive response when you sound like you know the lingo and use it appropriately.
The 65th annual Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio will be May 20-22, 2022. The Hamvention website is loaded with information including ticket purchases, accommodations, maps, event schedules, forums, live coverage information, special event stations, exhibitors, and so much more.
Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 20-22, 2022
Time: Flea Market opens at 9:00am every day, inside exhibitors open at 9:00am every day. Event ends at 1:00pm on Sunday, the 22nd.
Talk-in frequencies: For directions and assistance in the Dayton Area during your visit to Hamvention®, contact “Talk-In” on the DARA Repeater 146.94 (-), alternate 146.985 (-) -123.0 PL. Dayton Hams also monitor 223.94 (-)and 442.1 (+). MIDCARS will again monitor and provide travel assistance on 7.258 MHz.
The Dayton gateway W8RTL^^B will be linked to D-Extra X-Reflector XRF038C during Hamvention weekend. D-Plus REF038C will also be available for the weekend on W8RTL^^C. Use 446.1000 Digital Code Squelch CSQL use #13 as a D-Star simplex frequency at Hamvention®.
DMR Coverage – Coverage is available from the W8AK repeater. See http://dmr-marc.net/repeaters.html for more information.
The Winter Hamfest is an annual event sponsored by the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club.
Location:The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds, Thomas McKee 4H Building. Loveland, CO. To reach The Ranch, exit I-25 at Crossroads Blvd., Exit 259. Travel East 1 mile to Fairgrounds Avenue (County Road 5) and go North to the entrance.
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022
Time: Doors open to the public at 8:00am. Event ends at 1:00pm.
Talk-in frequency: 448.025 (-) 100Hz PL
VE Testing at 9:30a.m. See their PDF flyer for more information.
Also, congratulations to our “Decorate Your Shack” contest winner, Kevin, KD0VHD.
The officers of the club were re-elected (there were no challengers.)
Our second Radio Holiday Event! Join us from the comfort of your own home and enjoy the festivities.
Date: December 6, 2021 Time: Usual net time 2030 (8:30 PM) Frequencies: 146.94-, 449.450-, and 449.825- (PL 103.5)
There is no excuse not to participate. Even if the roads are bad or the weather is cold, curl up with your pets and/or a beverage of your choice and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow RMRL members as we celebrate another year of great radio.
New this year! Decorate your “shack” contest. Whether you have a handheld or an entire “shack”, let’s see your best holiday decorations. Whatever your holiday beliefs, spread the cheer and get creative with your best decorations: tinsel, lights, garlands, and/or Menorah. Get as creative as you can. A $10 gift card will be awarded for the best decorated radio/shack. Send in your photos BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD FOR ENTRY INTO THE CONTEST so the results can be announced the night of the Holiday Event (December 6th).
Send your best photo (multiple photos okay) to .
Our agenda is as follows:
• Welcome and normal net preamble (stop before calling on officers) – KB0PHD