Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by AG6JU, Apr 1, 2011.
should closed / private repeaters should be allowed and coordinated exclusive frequencies ?
This is not NEARLY as big a problem as it once was. Back in the days before Cell phones it was much more common to have closed repeaters with autopatch.
I dislike closed repeater systems. I don't understand why a person or group would want to have their repeater private. Wouldn't you rather enjoy talking to new and different hams all the time? Sure, repeaters can get busy, but with the amount we have here in southern California it is far too easy to find repeaters that never have anyone on them.
it sound like most of 440 MHz is going to be gone, so band will require restructure soon.
Nah. IF 440 is taken away (and that seems pretty unlikely), then the only thing the coordination folks need to do is require that continuing 2m repeaters and relocating 440 repeaters demonstrate that their systems are actually used.
If all the dead repeaters are de-coordinated, I suspect you'll find that there's plenty of room in 2m in much of the country for the systems that are left.
The challenge in so many areas these days is to get someone to use a repeater. I suppose that in large cities it may be less of a challenge but some repeaters sit silently for so long one has to wonder if it is still active.
We have a closed 70 cm linked membership only system that operates in the region,though I haven't listened to their local repeater in a few years it used to have the most use of anything around here then again it covers a large geographic area including a few large cities.
OPEN , but fewer of them more simplex .
here is Southern CA, I think there are more frequencies assign to repeaters than simplex. perhaps more of repeaters can move to 1.2GHz band, since most of the repeaters are located in mountain top, and so higher frequency are OK, while simplex 144 MHz work much better than 1.2 GHz
The problem with repeaters is people will build them but then a couple of obnoxious free loaders come along and decide it works great and just monopolize it!
well, I suppose parts 97 need to change since 3/4 of HAM wanted open repeater only