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Ve4srr 146.940- Battery Backup IRLP #1700  
Ve4bmr  Baldy Mtn. 147.030-  Battery Backup
Ve4bvr  Russell 147.240+   Battery Backup
Ve4shr  Ashern  146.700-
Ve4bas  Basswood  145.150- Tone 127.3
Ve4ldr  Lundar 146.970-
Ve4six - Removed From Service
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  The following information a simple guide to courteous operation on our repeaters, comes
from various sources, and is not intended to be a "rule book".  If you operate by
these simple guidelines, you will surely always be welcomed on any of our repeaters.

1.) Even 'mild' obscenities are not good operating practice. This includes suggestive phrases, and suggestive phonetics.

2.) Do not monopolize the repeater.  If 90 % of the conversations for long periods of time, night after night, include you and one or two others, something is wrong.  If other hams turn off their radios for big blocks of time because they can hardly talk to someone other than you, something is wrong.  You do not own, nor single handedly finance the repeater.  It is suppose to be a shared resource.  Don't drive other people off the air.  You know who you are!

3.)  If you feel compelled to interrupt an existing conversation, remember that it is no more polite to do so on the air than if you did it in person.  Would you barge into a roomful of people engaged in a discussion without saying anything of interest? ...or even worse, saying something completely unrelated to the topic of conversation?

4.) Ignore jammers and others who try to disrupt the repeater's normal operation.  Without any reaction from the repeater users, they will have no audience and probably go away in short order. 

5.)  If you are someone who is the subject of frequent interference, it may be a sign that you are aggravating people with your operating habits.  This may be a sign that it is time for you to adjust your attitude and use of the repeater.  This isn't always the case, but history has shown that those who have the most trouble with jammers are the ones who have caused the most friction amongst the repeater users.

6.)  Transmit your call sign when you first come on the air.  Make sure you ID once every 10 minutes, but there is no need to identify too often.    Ignore stations who break-in without identifying.

7.)  Don't cough, clear your throat, sneeze, etc., on the air; Unkey your microphone first.

8.)  Be upbeat and courteous.  Don't complain.  This especially includes complaining about other hams, the repeater, or some aspect of the hobby.  We all deal with unsafe and discourteous drivers, please don't describe their actions to us on the air.

9.)  Do not use the word "break" to join a conversation.  It is not considered good operating practice and in some circles the word "break" is reserved for announcing emergencies.  The appropriate amateur radio term is break-in.  If you simply want to join in, just transmit your call sign.

10.)  Promptly acknowledge any break-in stations and permit them to join the conversation or make a quick call.

11.)  Do not use phrases learned on 11 meters such as "handle", "making the trip", "got a good copy on me?", "the personal here is...", "what's your 20?", "you're giving me 20-pounds", and other strange phrases which should stay on CB.  Speak plain English; this is not a cult.  The less said about 11 meters on the air the better.

12.)  The commuting hours (drive times) should be left to the many mobile stations who have limited time to converse.  Home based stations should refrain from frequent or prolonged use of the repeater during these hours.  The repeater is there to help extend the range of mobiles and portables, so be courteous and give them priority during commuting hours.

13.) Following a roundtable, or rotation format is the best way for 3 or more to participate.  Don't ignore people by not passing it to them for several turns.

14.)  Not all RIAFMRS repeaters have "courtesy tones".  Some times we rely on courteous operators rather than courtesy tones.  Provide a brief pause between transmissions in order to allow folks to join in.  People breaking into a conversation should transmit their call sign when the current user unkeys.  Do not wait for the repeater tail to drop. 



How to Become a Radio Amateur

To become a radio amateur requires a license authorized by the appropriate governing body in your country. On this page we will look briefly at licensing in the U.S. and Canada and point you to web sites that contain more licensing information.

In Canada and the U.S. you will need to prepare for and take an examination to get your license. The exam material depends on the license level or class that you are applying for. For most budding hams it is a good idea to connect with a local Amateur Radio Club (ARC) where classes are given in theory and/or Morse code as needed to prepare you for the exam. Although you can get the study material to learn on your own it is generally much easier and faster to take a course. In the process you will meet other hams or hams to be and begin creating your own network of contacts.

Getting Licensed in Canada

Licensing of Amateur Radio in Canada is regulated by Industry Canada. It is illegal to operate on the amateur bands without an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate which has three levels of qualification as follows:

Basic Qualification: an examination of 100 questions.

  • access all amateur bands above 30 MHz
  • use a maximum of 250 watts DC transmitter input power
  • build and operate all station equipment, except for "home-made" transmitters
  • Basic with honours (80% or above score) - access to all amateur bands below 30 MHz
  • There is no Morse code requirement on this test.

Advanced Qualification: an examination of 50 questions.

  • access all amateur bands below 30 MHz
  • use maximum transmitter power of 1000 watts DC input
  • build and operate transmitting equipment
  • establish repeaters and club stations
  • remotely control fixed stations, including the use of radio links
  • There is no Morse code requirement on this test.

Morse Code (5 wpm with Basic or Basic and Advanced Certificate):

  • access to all amateur bands below 30 MHz





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