Proper Repeater Protocol


If no one is on the repeater and you would like to start up a conversation, simply call the station you wish to talk to. Say “KD8XXX, this is KE8XXX calling.”

Or, if you want to put out a general call to anyone, simply key up and say your call sign.

Don’t be a “kerchunker” on the repeater. A “kerchunker” is someone who keys up the repeater just to hear the repeater courtesy tone.

Don’t call CQ to initiate a conversation on a repeater. Just listen to make certain the repeater is not in use. Then key your microphone, and say your call sign: “KE8XXX” then “listening.” If someone happens to be listening and they want to talk to you, they will respond.

Happy hamming!


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