6 months ago we moved our Ecomm repeater to a commercial facility for myriad reasons. Suddenly after 6 months of pleasant operations we're getting a complaint of a guy in another rack stating that we're KILLING! his 2m remote base. His rack consists of (4) GM300-type radios and a controller. He claims to be running a 2m and a 6m remote base.
He is demanding that we move our antenna down the tower since he was there first. Our repeater is a Motorola MSF 5000 and we don't hear a peep out of him as he runs his remote base on 146.520, the national calling frequency. Otherwise known as a sneaky repeater. Southern California is extremely well known for many forms of cross banding, etc. No repeater pairs left? No problem. Just throw up a remote base on any frequency you may find.
The bottom-line question is whether or not 1) coordination of the remote base is required if he wants protection and 2) who is responsible for making modifications.
We can't make any more modification. He can likely add a reject notch filter but I suspect that he will balk at that, and, it will only be of limited use. One cannot expect broadband front0-end radios without helical resonators to perform at the level tat we are at. We don't even here him or see him on the SM. He emailed the site owner threatening to leave. He stated that:
This looks like a 2meter ham box, he put his antenna at the top right next to mine, now my 2meter remote radio is getting. Killed! it would have been nice is someone told me it was going in there. I was there first, he should move his antenna down the tower. Now i can,t use my 6m or 2m radio, this site is becoming useless to me. anyway to fix this?
'Any way to fix this' is code for "I'm leaving if I don't get my way. I was here first. ne-ner-ne-ner-ne-ner. I also don't see how a MSF 5000 cabinet with Motorola en blazed across it looks like ham gear. LOL. Our antenna is a Station Master and the site owner had his team put it up for us. It is in our contract that we have top-mount position above Verizon.
Suggestions? It seems to me that since he is running what amounts to a repeater as identified in 97.205 and is not coordinated as we are he needs to me adjustments. I like to be a friendly neighbor no matter what and welcome ways to tactfully handle this so everybody wins.