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ARRL Repeater Directory 2005-2006 (34th ed) Reviews: 14 Average rating: 2.1/5 MSRP: $10.95
Description: The ARRL directory of VHF/UHF repeaters in the US and Canada
644 pages. ISBN 0-87259-942-6 Includes band plans and contact information for repeater co-ordination. IRLP nodes also listed.
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N2KZ Rating: 2/5 Dec 13, 2018 22:05 Send this review to a friend
2018 Directory unusable  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I can't tell you how disappointed I am. The 2018 ARRL Repeater Directory makes me sad. To this one ham, it is simply unusable. It pains me to write a negative review about something that the League spent enormous effort producing. I purchased a copy and I can find no use for it. I want to return it for credit. Buyer beware!
This book is a lengthy printout of a single sort of a database. It cannot be searched electronically. It is not organized by logical areas or regions. It is infuriating and pointless. Why was this published and offered for sale?
Compared to older editions of this guide, the 2018 Directory is enormous. My 2012 / 2013 edition was 5 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches. My new 2018 edition (with large comb binding) is twice the size at 9 1/4 x 7 inches. It is not exactly pocket-sized any more. The paper used is quite thin and gray in color - much like newspaper but less robust. These pages would tear out even after gentle use.
The huge list of repeaters it contains is no longer organized in regions. Instead of groups like 'Lower Hudson - Westchester' or 'Mid-Hudson,' all the towns for complete states are listed alphabetically. In our case, the Peekskill repeaters are listed as 'Lake Peekskill' right along with unknown locales like Lake Luzerne, Lake Nancy, Lake Placid and Lancaster. This organization is impossible to navigate. (see sample page below)
Similarly, on this same page, there is a listing for Long Island, New York. You won't find LIMARC's W2VL repeater listed here. You will find those repeaters that listed themselves not as their actual town of transmission but by the area they cover. W2VL is listed under its actual location of Glen Oaks, (Queens), New York a few pages back in the book. (I had to spend a minute looking for it. Luckily, I knew where the repeater was located.) This really, really doesn't make any sense at all.
How did anyone at the League allow this document to be marketed? The cost will break your heart, too. Over 600 pages long, it lists for $19.95 but is currently being discounted to $17.95. Add $7.50 in shipping costs and you are paying $25.45. I used a $10 off birthday discount and paid $15.45. The best thing about the purchase? They threw in a 2019 ARRL calendar free. It is much more useful than the book.
The introductory page of the Directory hawks $12.99 annual subscriptions to the ARRL's RFinder database attainable by downloading an app onto your phone. I haven't tried this app but the price would keep me away. I can search repeaters for free on the Internet without frustrating results.
Please browse a copy of the Directory before you consider purchase. This offer is really not fair to the amateur radio community. I thought I would treat myself to a newly updated and comprehensive guide to the world of repeaters. I received a unusable and fragile printout.
According to the ARRL Store: " The 2018 Repeater Directory® is the second edition to include “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings, and updated more often. Public service volunteers: include this printed directory with your emergency ‘go kit.’ " According to this reviewer, the Directory should be placed in the 'no-go' bin. Again, I am sorry for this bad news. - Karl Zuk N2KZ
W6GDK Rating: 2/5 Jul 22, 2018 18:26 Send this review to a friend
RFfinder makes this hard to use   Time owned: more than 12 months
I have the 2017-2018 edition of the ARRL Repeater Directory powered by RF Finder. I think this book was a step backward. While the RFinder software on a cellphone works well, the printed version is awkward. As an example, when trying to find the repeaters belonging to the Palomar Amateur Radio Club on Mount Palomar, you must look in several places depending on how Mount Palomar is spelled. Is it under Mt. Palomar,or Mount Palomar or Palomar Mountain or Palomar Mount or Palmar Mountain or Palomar Mtn or even Palomar Mtn. (with a period). Hard to find all the repeaters in this listing particulary if you are a visitor to San Diego.
KG4RUL Rating: 1/5 Jun 4, 2018 17:54 Send this review to a friend
Still Bad in 2018  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
As usual, the data is BADLY OUT OF DATE before it is even printed! SO MANY errors!!!!!
N9LCD Rating: 0/5 Jun 3, 2018 23:55 Send this review to a friend
aBSOLUTELY USELESS  Time owned: more than 12 months
Brought the 2013-14 Repeater Directory & the VX-7R to Lod Angeles two weeks ago. Haven't heard anything.

TYhe arbitrary locations are useless.

The Directory SORELY NEEDS MAPS of a sprawling area like LA.

It was useless; is useless; and will be useless!
N0FPE Rating: 5/5 Dec 30, 2013 09:53 Send this review to a friend
Still important  Time owned: more than 12 months
yes repeater book is great! I have it on my home computer and tablet, don't have a cellphone so cant speak for that.
BUT a hard copy is nice to have in your go kit or in the glove box of you car or truck. Even in todays world the cellphones don't work everywhere. There are places here in AZ that there is NO cell coverage of any kind. But area repeaters do cover those areas!!! The Repeater Guide is great for these times. People seem to think that having a cellphone is the be all end all but its not. I will always care a copy of the ARRL directory in my truck.

K4IA Rating: 3/5 Dec 30, 2013 06:36 Send this review to a friend
Old technology  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The printed book is OK but it is old technology, quickly outdated and clunky to use. The free RepeaterBook app for iPhone and Android is much better because it uses your smartphone GPS to list the repeaters (and their settings) withing a distance you set. You don't have to guess which particular town is nearby. You don't have to haul around a book full of data from all over the country. And, the print is big enough to read without a magnifying glass.

If you want to program your radio before you leave, you can put in grid squares and it will identify the nearby repeaters. You can sort out the bands you don't use or look for particular modes. This is much easier to use than a book.
N8FZ Rating: 5/5 May 29, 2012 05:43 Send this review to a friend
A classic must have  Time owned: more than 12 months
Every ham radio operator should always have the following in their automobile glove box:

2)Proof of insurance.
3)ARRL Repeater Directory.
W5ALF Rating: 0/5 Jul 10, 2008 08:52 Send this review to a friend
Don't waste your $  Time owned: more than 12 months
Piece of junk..not worth the paper it is written on. It would be a formidable task to attempt to get even close to getting it accurate. I don't know why they even try.

Use the internet it will probably be wrong as well but it won't cost as much
W4KPA Rating: 4/5 Jun 19, 2005 11:53 Send this review to a friend
Pretty good, actually  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Repeater Directory is a guide to what's been coordinated, not to what's actually on the air. I don't know any way that kind of data could be obtained at any sort of reasonable cost. The real problem is that coordinators rarely revoke the coordination of a machine, even it has been off the air for years. It's a problem on all the bands, but especially on 440. Coordinators need to clear out the "paper repeaters."

Here are a few suggestions that would improve the guide though:

1. Make it bigger. The idea of a pocket-sized book doesn't work. The guide is mostly used as a reference in the car. The size makes it hard to handle. The thin-paper pages are hard to turn. The narrow pages make the whole thing spring loaded. If you lose your grip, thirty pages may go spinning around before you can stop it.

2. Make the type bigger. I could barely read it 20 years ago. I have to have my reading glasses now.

3. Ditch the geographic area listings under each state. They are useless unless you can key them to a map. Often they're inaccurate. A simple, alphabetical listing by city (like the one used in the states covered by SERA) is better, although not perfect.

4. There is a lot of verbiage in the front of the book. I'm not sure how useful it is. Cut it down to only what is essential.

But, mainly -- make it bigger.
AA4A Rating: 1/5 Jun 19, 2005 11:28 Send this review to a friend
Absolutely ARRL's Fault  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If the Repeater Directory were free, I would agree that the vast number of errors would be forgivable. But it isn't, and the publisher has to be held responsible for the very publication of this farce.
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