Sat, May 15, 2021

Operating Standards

1. All communications on RMRA systems must be legal and in accordance with all FCC Rules and Regulations

2. Emergency communications take precedence over any other activity on the system.

3. It being recognized a fundamental purpose of Amateur Radio is to serve the public in times of emergency, use of RMRA systems for organized public service activities is encouraged. RMRA systems are available to public service agencies like the ARES. To avoid contention, the RMRA License Trustee should be notified in advance of any such scheduled activities and will act as final determiner in case of scheduling conflicts.

4. All RMRA repeaters are "Open Machines". Their use is not restricted to RMRA members. However, use privileges may be suspended or revoked for misuse or misconduct.

5. All users of the RMRA systems are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and dignified manner that projects a positive image of Amateur Radio. Profanity, obscenity, vulgarity, use while intoxicated or appearance thereof, or any other behavior deemed inappropriate by the License Trustee constitutes misconduct.

6. Certain RMRA repeaters are designated for certain modes of operation, such as "Voice Only", "Packet Only", etc. No other mode of communication should be used unless permission is obtained from the License Trustee.

7. No encrypted transmissions are allowed on RMRA systems. Transmissions are to be in English. Exceptions may be made by permission of the License Trustee.

8. Extended "Ragchewing" is discouraged. QSOs should be kept short. This is not intended to discourage scheduled QSOs, but to keep the systems available to all users, and encourage monitoring.

Adopted by the RMRA Board of Directors, October 1998
Affirmed by the RMRA General Membership, November 1998

RMRA Operating Standards Enforcement Policy

1. An Amateur Radio operator may have his/her use privileges on one or more RMRA systems suspended or revoked for operational misconduct. Violation of one or more of the RMRA Operating Standards constitutes operational misconduct.

2. Suspensions shall be for a specified period of time, usually not to exceed one year.

3. Revocations shall be issued conditionally, and will be in effect until the specified conditions are met, and the revocation is lifted by the RMRA Board of Directors and the License Trustee.

4. Suspensions and revocations shall be imposed by the unanimous consent of the RMRA Board and the RMRA License Trustee. The affected operator shall have the right to appeal his/her suspension or revocation to the RMRA Board.

5. The License Trustee may, with cause, issue an immediate temporary suspension, which will remain in effect until reviewed by the RMRA Board, or lifted by the License Trustee.

6. A suspension or revocation may be issued with or without warning to the offender, depending upon the severity of the violation and/or immediacy of the situation.

7. The status of all current suspensions and revocations shall be posted on the RMRA website.

8. Suspensions and revocations shall be enforceable by manual or automatic system control, including system shutdown, and legal recourse, if applicable.

Adopted by the RMRA General Membership, November 2002

Some Tips that make Repeater Operation more Enjoyable and Friendly.
posted 27 Sept 2002

1. Repeaters are a shared resource. Everyone takes their turn using the repeater. Repeaters are designed for portable and mobile coverage, so we always yield to the mobile station if they need to make a call. Reasonable ragchewing is fine on a repeater, but periodically let the carrier drop between transmissions so that mobile stations can get in and make a call. This is especially important during the drive time, that is between 6-8 am and 4-6 pm. Others want to use the repeaters during those times, so we try to keep transmissions short and leave some time to let everyone have their chance.

2.Lots of people listen to the 146.82 and 146.64 repeaters. Their coverage spans out 50 miles or more in all directions. More people actually monitor the repeaters than you would think. Many non-Amateurs listen to them all day long. Many Hams are monitoring the repeaters, listening for certain people to come on the air so they can talk to them. With that in mind, don't say anything on the repeaters that you wouldn't say it in polite company. It's fine to have opinions and attitudes, but be prepared to defend that opinion if someone calls you on it.

3. Repeaters are not HF. You can talk in a natural way, you don't need to use Q signals, codes, and phonetics. Although phonetics are handy if someone is unfamiliar with your call. Also when calling another station on the repeater, you do not need to keep calling him over and over again. Either the other station is on the air, or they are not. Its not like HF where you need to keep calling until the other station tunes you in. The repeater is only one frequency, they are either on the air, or they are not.
A preferred way to call a person on the repeater is such: Give the other station's call twice and then your call once. Wait 15-20 seconds for response. If no response, then give the other stations call once (or twice) and then wait 15-20 seconds. If no response, then give your call for ID. Continue monitoring the repeater for a few minutes in case the other station heard you, but couldn't get to radio. If you don't hear them after 20-30 minutes, then try calling them again. Continue monitoring, if they come on the air, they use announce it by saying: W9XXX monitoring. This method sounds very professional over the air.

4. Listen to the repeaters. Just turn your radio on and monitor. You don't always have to jump into the conversations. Half the fun of amateur radio is listening to other conversations and picking up pieces of information. A couple of guys in town used to have the best conversations on the repeater. Every evening from 8-8:30 they would connect and discuss the days events and their lives. Unfortunately one of the hams passed away about a year and a half ago, but we miss those conversations, they were some of the best on the radio. These two were a couple of class A operators. Its amazing how people will judge you based on your conversations over the air. this brings me to my final point.

5. Please do not refer to Technician licensees as 'no code techs.' This is a derisive term for the license class and does nothing but get people agitated. Disregard other people's use of the term or where you see it in print or the Internet. It has a negative connotation associated with it. Ten years ago the FCC removed the code element from the Technician class license. Doing such has caused the ranks of amateur radio to swell and we have received many fine operators as a result. about half of the active Hams in the area are Technicians, the other half are General or higher licensees. The Technician is the the entry into amateur radio. Many technicians have upgraded to higher license classes. You must also accept the fact that not everyone is interested in HF operation. Amateur radio is many things to many people. There are lots of fine amateurs that are involved in public service activities such as storm spotting, ARES, emergency communications, and public service event communications. In fact, every Amateur is urged to get involved in public service event communications. It makes you a better operator, and you get to meet lots of interesting people. Attend monthly meetings and get involved.

The goal of every ham should be to be recognized as a professional. To be a professional, you have to treat everyone with respect, follow the rules, realize that VHF and HF operation is different, and have a positive attitude.

Mike Martens  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.