Its ham radio, not private club radio. Its shared spectrum, not private club spectrum. A private repeater really flies in the face of free and open use of spectrum by all licensed hams. If I was to call dibs on 7.023 and made that frequency a private club frequency, would you lose your mind or say Robs spent a lot of money on this radio and does not want the unwashed masses using it? I am fine with banning someone for anti social behavior on the repeater, but having anti social repeaters that ban everyone unless they pay to play sounds a lot more like commercial radio than ham radio to me.