Geez, Dan, I thought that was part of the excitement!
It has been my experience, that the most popular repeaters are usually the snobby ones. They're the ones where you can call someone after they finish a QSO, and they never respond. Thirty seconds later, you hear the same guy calling his first contact back.
Better yet, if you're really into 1296, bite the bullet and buy the Icom D-Star package. Getting a pair aught not to be a problem, even in PA.