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
these simple guidelines, you will surely always be welcomed on any of
1.) Even 'mild' obscenities are
not good operating practice. This includes suggestive phrases, and
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
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
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
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
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.