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Author Topic: Dead (quiet) South Florida Repeaters?  (Read 30126 times)
AB0O
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« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2017, 07:26:32 PM »

I agree that the previous post is accurate, but there is another phenomenon that I have noticed over the last 20 years…guarded ownership of repeaters. While on the road, I've called in on several repeaters for directions or a simple QSO to pass the time, and have been told that I am not welcome on the machine unless I would like to send in my membership fee for the year. Having been a ham for 35+ yrs and having set up and/or maintained several repeaters during that time, all the clubs or individual sponsors I've dealt with understood that repeaters are part of community service by the club. To deny access is, in my opinion, a slippery slope to making Ham Radio obsolete.  Undecided
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« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2017, 03:56:33 PM »

I agree that the previous post is accurate, but there is another phenomenon that I have noticed over the last 20 years…guarded ownership of repeaters. While on the road, I've called in on several repeaters for directions or a simple QSO to pass the time, and have been told that I am not welcome on the machine unless I would like to send in my membership fee for the year. Having been a ham for 35+ yrs and having set up and/or maintained several repeaters during that time, all the clubs or individual sponsors I've dealt with understood that repeaters are part of community service by the club. To deny access is, in my opinion, a slippery slope to making Ham Radio obsolete.  Undecided

I agree. Repeaters are to serve the community.  Private repeaters serve no community purpose.
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