NOTE a rptr that beacon IDs every hour IS illegal unless a control op is monitoring the station during the beacon ID times
You would be hard pressed to substantiate that according to part 97. No control op is needed for a repeater that is under automatic control (ref. 97.205.(d)). The ID is not defined as a beacon. A beacon is defined in part 97 according to the purpose
of the transmission. 97.3.(a).9: Beacon. An amateur station transmitting communications for the purposes of observation of propagation and reception or other related experimental activities.
There is no prohibition for identifying more often that the regulations require provided the transmission does not run afoul of other prohibited practices. You will not find anything in part 97 that prohibits a coordinated repeater from identifying more often than required or on a periodic basis. A non-coordinated repeater may have an issue if by doing so, it is causing interference to a coordinated repeater (ref. 97.205.(c)).
With regard to a "Good Morning" or similar preambles, as long as the identification requirements are met, this would simply be considered to be an information bulletin and as such is not prohibited (ref 97.111.(b).6).
Part 97 has nothing to say regarding dropping CTCSS or not so this is not relevant to the discussion.
- Glenn W9IQ