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Author Topic: How do we increase usage of our club's repeater?  (Read 41833 times)
KA6MLE
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« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2014, 01:16:23 PM »

All it really takes is one dedicated person who likes to talk. On one of our repeaters we have an older, nice gentleman that is very good at that. He will talk to anyone and anybody who announces their presence. He gets to know everyone... also he holds a swap meet once  per week plus our normal ARES net... so that repeater is used quite a bit.     
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K1ZJH
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« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2015, 09:11:01 AM »

Nets.  If you do a weekly club check in net for idle chit chat, or just to exchange information it will generate some activity. You can do club announcements, info on local fleamarkets, or even promote activities from other local clubs, such as field day, etc.

Follow the weekly net with a swap net, then perhaps a technical chat net where users can ask Elmers for advice or help with technical issues. The key, as suggested in the last post, is to find a few live wires who enjoy chatting on FM.  They are still out there.
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W2XAB
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« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2015, 08:00:57 AM »

Switch from analog to a networked Mototrbo DMR repeater.
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NC5P
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« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2015, 03:22:30 PM »

In Arizona, they have dozens of repeaters in the Phoenix area and don't want people using them.  I don't often use repeaters but I used a D-star repeater Monday night to check into a net over in El Paso and it kept tripping off the air.  I reported the problem and was greeted on a message board with hateful tirades from the owner.  He pays all this money and complains if anyone uses "his" repeater.  He doesn't have any web page or club newsletter saying how we can donate either.  They just like having repeaters that sit dead 24/7.  I'm beginning to not like Arizona very much.
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KK5DR
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« Reply #34 on: January 25, 2015, 12:59:23 PM »

My local repeater is about the same as most others. Very little use. No nets, no drive time ops, mostly old retired guys listening to it, but answering no one.
I'm not sure how to over come such malaz and apathy.
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