RATS Repeater Policies
RATS and our Technical Committee work hard to provide a quality repeater system for our members and the agencies who rely on our infrastructure. In the spirit of open access, RATS welcomes all properly licensed amateurs wishing to use our systems, provided a few basic guidelines are followed:
We highly recommend giving this repeater etiquette guide a read.
RATS has always been pretty open-minded about the use of the repeaters. We prefer users shy away from controversial topics -- politics in particular. (We can recommend a couple of popular HF frequencies if you'd like to stir a pot.) Otherwise, keep the language appropriate, be mindful of others, and share the airspace.
If you or your organization wish to use the repeater for a net, special event, or other activity on a one-off or recurring basis, please contact the Board and/or trustee. One-off use for a special event is generally not an issue; we just want to know so we don't plan system maintenance or green-light another on-air event at the same time. This also allows us to keep you up to date on any system performance issues that might impact your activities.
Like your amateur license, use of the RATS repeater systems is a privilege, not a right. The RATS Board, trustee, and control operators may prohibit any station from using the repeaters or other club systems at any time. Illegal, inappropriate, abusive, or discourteous behavior will not be tolerated.
Updated 9:20p 2022-09-18 by KG4PEQ: removed references to net mode, SKYWARN mode, and DMR; removed DMR etiquitte guide link - no longer applicable
Updated 12:05a 2022-09-20 by KG4PEQ: removed references to autopatch and DTMF control codes - no longer applicable
Updated 10:30p 2022-10-6 by KG4PEQ: updated verbiage pertaining to signaling (MDC,etc) due to removal of IRLP; mentioned C4FM; general wordsmithing