How to sound like a pro when operating on a repeater


repeater guidelines
How to sound like a pro when operating on a repeater

This guide 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.

See the companion document: Participating in a Net.

The YL Family Net comes to the RMRL! Update!

Denver Area YL Net
YL Family Net
Fridays 7:30 p.m.

Note: The YL Family Net is moving from Saturday mornings to Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., effective immediately.  End your work-week with a nice, relaxing family activity. Gather the family around and join in – third party check-ins are welcomed and encouraged.

It’s been a while since a YL Net was heard on Denver area repeaters, so we were pleased when member Trish, K9FOG, approached us about reconstituting the Net. With a twist.

Trish feels that a net encouraging the “Young Ladies” (YLs) of the hobby to actively participate in the repeater community is important. “A lot of women are licensed, but you don’t hear many of them on the repeaters. I would like a net that will encourage women of all ages to participate in the hobby.”

As a busy mom who works outside the home full-time, Trish felt strongly enough about getting other women on the air that she was willing to head up the effort.

YL with a twist

Trish’s vision of a net went beyond the YL segment of the community to encompass the entire family: children, teens, and yes, men as well. She wants to make it a place of meaningful discussion with and for the entire family.

“More than just a YL Net, I’d like to see this as a family-oriented net.  A place where our ladies can join in and share with each other as well as the whole amateur radio family. And yes, men are welcome!”

Trish is busy planning topics for discussion, with a few light subjects thrown in. Expect to hear about everything from how not to get taken advantage of when you take your vehicle in for servicing or repairs to activities that you can do with your kids/grand kids for some meaningful together time.  She revealed several other topics to us but you will have to tune in to find out what they are.

A YL role model

Trish is a great example to her teen daughter, Cheyenne, KD0EXI, and son Austin, KD0GPE, on two counts.  First, if you really want something, work to make it happen and; second, she is helping to create a welcoming and relaxed net that her daughter and son can participate in along with their peers and families.  We expect that the YL Family Net will be a very popular place to gather.

Come and meet the YL who is making it all happen and join us every Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the 145.340, beginning on May 6th.

Repeater repair on the 145.220

repeater repair on the 220
Mike, KI0GO, accesses a board on the repeater.

Thank you to a couple of members who reported something amiss on our 145.220 repeater.

Our President, Dunnigan, K1DUN, and star technical guy Mike, KI0GO, made the trip to the site this past week to effect the repairs.  It turned out to be a controller issue.  Thank you to Glenn, WN0EHE, for being available by telephone for a troubleshooting consultation.







repeater repair behind the equipment
Mike has to really dig in to make the repair.
repeater repair consultation
Consulting Glenn, WN0EHE, by phone. Thanks, Glenn!

Please report any repeater problems

Please report any repeater problems immediately.

It is easier than ever to report a problem with a RMRL repeater. The new REPEATER PROBLEM REPORT form can be found on the three repeater pages as well as the Contact Us page. If you look on the main Repeater Page (Menu item RMRL Repeaters) and find the status of a repeater is ‘Up’ but you encountered a problem, then please fill out a Repeater Problem Report immediately.

We appreciate your help!

Here, for your convenience, is our new Repeater Problem Report form.  (Note: we are asking for your name and e-mail address in case we need to contact you for clarification.)

Your Name (required)

Your E-mail (required)

Select Repeater (required)

Please describe the problem

Denver Area Pet Net on the RMRL. New!

Denver Area Pet Net on the RMRL Thursday 7pm
New net on the RMRL. Fun for all pet parents!

Update: Name change to the Pet Net.

We are happy to announce a brand new net on the RMRL!

Name: Denver Area Pet Net
Day: Thursdays
Time: 7 p.m. (otherwise known as 1900).
Frequency: The 146.94 linked with the 449.825, both with a negative offset and a CTCSS of 103.5 Hz.
Description: For all pet lovers, whether you have a dog, cat, snake, or ?? Share tips, experiences, help provide support, and swap stories. Have fun connecting with other pet parents.
Co-hosts: Brian, K9ATK and Becky, KD0AOE.
Facebook page: Denver Pet Net RMRL 146.940/449.825

The 146.94 is high atop Squaw Mountain, it doesn’t get much better than that for coverage.

The Rocky Mountain Radio League is excited about hosting this new net, we think it will be very enjoyable for all pet lovers!  We welcome nets on the RMRL and are happy to talk to you about your idea today.  Just use the Contact Us form and let us know what’s on your mind.

The RMRL teams up with BARC junior – Temporarily Suspended

Update 5/1: Unfortunately, the company that was hosting the BARC IRLP connection was sold and they are looking for alternatives. So while the BARC jr nets continue to be held on the Boulder repeaters, we no longer have an IRLP connection to them. We will let you know as soon as the status changes.

We are pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Radio League has teamed up with the Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC) junior program. Now young hams in the Denver area can join in on the BARC junior net at 7:00p.m. on Sunday evenings via the RMRL 145.340- repeater.

The RMRL teams up with BARC jr. to bring the BARC jr net to young hams in the Denver area.

Young hams are always welcome on the RMRL repeaters, so stay tuned after the net and feel free to chat with each other. The 145.340- repeater is reserved for young hams on Sunday evening.

Access: 103.5 Hz CTCSS required/127.3 Hz CTCSS transmitted.

New nets on the RMRL – Update

The RMRL is pleased to announce two new nets on the 145.340- repeater.

Sunday evening is Young Ham night on the RMRL.  Start the evening at 7:00p.m. by tuning in to the RMRL 145.340- repeater to hear the BARC jr. net and stay tuned to chat with your peers.

What happens when you combine ham enthusiasts with camping, hiking, outdoor photography, outdoor preparedness, outdoor equipment, and adventures?  You get the Outdoor Adventure USA net! On Thursday evenings, tune into the 145.340- at 8:30p.m. to hear the Outdoor Adventure USA net.

Access: 103.5 Hz CTCSS required/127.3 Hz CTCSS transmitted.

Updated 4/14

Denver Area Pet Net on the RMRL Thursday 7pm

Beginning Thursday, April 20th, join us on the 146.940- linked with the 449.825 for the new Denver Area Pet Net at 7:00 pm! For all pet lovers, whether you have a dog, cat, snake, horse, tarantula, goat, or one of everything. Share tips, experiences, help provide support, and swap stories. Have fun connecting with other pet parents. If you love your pet (and who doesn’t?) you belong on the Denver Area Pet Net!

Updated 5/1

Denver Area YL Net
YL Family Net
Saturdays 10:30 a.m.
146.94 and 449.825

The YL Family net has moved from Saturday mornings to Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, May 6th, join us on the 146.940- linked with the 449.825 for the new YL Family Net at 10:30a.m! Meaningful discussion with and for the entire family. “A lot of women are licensed, but you don’t hear many of them on the repeaters,” said Trish, K9FOG, “I would like a net that will encourage women of all ages to participate in the hobby.” Trish has many great topics planned for the YL Family Net, come and join us every Saturday morning.

Updated 5/24

colorado 4x4 recovery net
Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net
Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, May 27th, at 7:00 p.m. is the Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery Net on the RMRL!  If you enjoy off-roading in the high country, you will want to know about this group.  “We recover the Rockies.”   If your fun day turns into a very bad day, these are the people that can help.  Listen in on the 145.340- repeater, this promises to be a very interesting net.

Updated 7/07

The Pet Net has changed it’s name from the Denver Area Pet Net to The Pet Net. Read all about it.

ARRL ham radio new entry level license proposal

the ARRL proposes a new entry level license 2017

This will be a hot topic in the coming weeks and months. The ARRL is soliciting feedback about a potential new entry-level license. summarizes:

An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. As part of its ongoing work, the committee is gathering member input and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC.

The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF.


According to the ARRL website, the basic summary for the realignment is as follows:

What are the problems we’re trying to solve?

  • The declining population of new hams under the age of 30.
  • A decline in the number of new licensees who actually get on the air.
  • Amateur Radio’s lack of appeal for those under the age of 30, compared to other technical hobbies.
  • The increasing challenge of engaging and retaining Technician licensees.
  • A reluctance in much of the amateur community to embrace newer technologies of interest to the younger segment of the population.

The working mission:

  • Encourage students and young adults to learn about ham radio.
  • Train licensees for concepts necessary to be effective and successful.
  • Provide sufficient privileges that will make Amateur Radio more attractive.
  • Build in a strong incentive to upgrade to next license level.

Keep up to date on the ARRL Committee Reports page.
There are a lot of pros and cons and opinions out there.

When you Google information and opinions about this new license, be sure to check the date: You might be finding opinions about the last restructure – or the one before that.

We would like your opinion.  Send an e-mail to  .

Silent Key – Bill DeWolfe, WØLVI

Bill DeWolfe, WØLVI
1931 – 2017

A long-time RMRL member and great contributor to the ham community has passed away.  Services were held at the Mile Hi Church at 1030am on January 23, 2017, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, 80226. Reception followed at Red Rocks Country Club, 16235 W. Belleview, Morrison, 80465. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill’s name to  your favorite charity.

Bill is survived by his wife Joanna, brother Tom, 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren.

We asked Bill’s friend, Gary, NØERG, to share his remembrances of Bill. This is what he shared:

Bill DeWolfe, WØLVI, best known to the ham radio community as The Weather Guy. He was very active in the Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net for decades, and eventually became the Net Manager.

Bill’s family moved to Colorado in 1945. Bill attended South High School in Denver and Bill and a group of South High classmates went to lunch every week—until his death. They called themselves the ROMEOs (Really Old Men Eating Out).

At the age of 20, Bill joined the Navy and was posted to the USS Antietam, an Aircraft Carrier, where Bill worked on all the radio equipment on the carrier and its planes.

Bill had many hobbies, taking up photography when he was in the service and going on to be the wedding photographer for his children’s weddings. Another lifelong hobby was golf, a passion shared by his wife, Joanna. Bill used to say that he had lost a golf ball in every state in the union, and several foreign countries.

Joanna, Bill, and their seven children moved to Evergreen, where Bill became active the volunteer fire department and city planning. He also started participating in the Burro Races at Fairplay, providing communications. At some point, (not sure of the date) when Bill retired from Lockheed Martin the family moved to the Morrison area, near the Red Rocks Country Club—I assume to be close to the golf course. He also became very active in the VFW and other Veterans associations.

WØLVI of “near Morrison” as he liked to check in, began his relationship with the Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net in 1969 under unusual circumstances. Five Glenn L. Martin Company employees had disappeared in a private aircraft, and Bill was involved in the search. The search effort was ultimately successful, but the aircraft was found with no survivors. Bill gave his weather report at the crash area… his first.

He was, I understand, quite insistent with the family that the weather reports get turned in, whether or not he was home. When he was gone—on business, a hunting or fishing trip—the duty fell to his children to get the report in. They would collect all the readings, and phone them in to Bob Swanlund, WØWYX, up on Squaw Mountain so he could get the report into the net.

In 1989 WØLVI became weather net manager, taking over from Val Eldridge, KØESQ.

For any NTS traffic handlers out there, as of the end of 2016, Bill had originated 17,350 messages, just for the Weather Net.

Bill was also active for decades in ARES, and reported the statewide high and low temperatures, extreme snow depths, and so on, to the various ARES state-wide nets on Sundays, along with other ARES duties.

Needing some more time to complete a long-term golfing project, Bill stepped down from the Net Manager position in the autumn of 2012, and I took over. It’s been a tremendous pleasure and a real job trying to fill the shoes of my great friend, ham radio colleague, and fellow “weather-nut”.   73, Bill–I’ll keep listening for you. ___Gary, NØERG Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net Manager