Wait for emergency radio messages/conversations
to complete before transmitting.
Identify radio transmissions with
our FCC assigned call letters at intervals as
required by FCC rules.
If you are a visitor
or new local user, please say your call sign at the
beginning of the conversation and then again at the
end. In the unlikely event that start to
finish is longer than 15 minutes, then every 15
minutes during your conversation. Remember
even if you don't hear traffic, it doesn't mean that
the repeater is not being used. (Listen in carrier
squelch if in doubt.)
If you must call
someone during a conversation then wait for the
Courtesy Tone and then transmit saying "Break", or
"Break, Break". Those currently using the
repeater should immediately yeild to your request to
break in to make a call.
Monitor radio channels before
transmitting to avoid interfering with users of the
same channel. If you are listening with CTCSS
squelch on your radio, switch it to carrier squelch
or "monitor" first to be sure no one else is on the
Extend courteous behavior to
other licensees using the GMRS.
Please read and follow the FCC
Rules and Regulations governing the General Mobile
and Family Radio Service.
We coordinate repeater operations
including input and output tones to prevent mutual
interference. This is why it is important to
listen in carrier squelch before transmitting
Respect the property rights of
others. We ask permission before using repeaters
owned by other licensees. We recognize that other
licensees are not required to share their repeaters
with anyone. GMRS repeaters are private property.
Owning a radio capable of repeater operation does
not mean we can use any repeater we hear. We
are one is one of few repeater groups that allows
use without permission when traffic is infrequent or
irregular. If you wish to become a regular,
then we suggest you support our not inexpensive
Respect the rights of repeater
owners to participate in the
Open Repeater Initiative.
and comply with the operating
requirements defined by the repeater group or the
owner/licensee of the repeater you use.
Whenever practical, we enable CTCSS
141.3 Hz on our repeater inputs during regular hours
of operation to allow any licensee access to the
repeater to report an emergency or seek traveling
information. If this tone is unavailable we listen
in open squelch to repeater outputs whenever
possible. Persons traveling and using 141.3 on GMRS
repeaters should always request permission to make a
call for assistance.
We monitor our own repeater so that
it does not cause harmful interference during a
period of malfunction and so it can be shut down
when malfunctioning or during an attack by
unauthorized users. We do our best to manage our
repeater systems so that the behavior of our users
is consistent with the Code.
We acknowledge that GMRS was
originally created as base-to-mobile,
mobile-to-base, and portable-to-portable,
directed-communication radio service. Base-to-base
communication was once prohibited, but as of
February 1999 the FCC restriction against
base-to-base communication was lifted. Nevertheless,
GMRS licensees engaged in base-to-base communication
shall yield to mobile or portable communication.
We try keep radio transmissions on
high-level repeaters short to prevent monopolization
of a frequency pair over a wide area for extended
We properly maintain a GMRS repeater
so that it does not retransmit signals received from
FRS radios operating on channels adjacent to the
We respect the occasional public
service operation by a local public service team.
Some organizations of licensees maintain GMRS radio
systems with a specific purpose of assisting public
safety agencies and providing a SkyWarn service.
GMRS licensees and their communities benefit from
the service these organizations provide. Such
activities should be kept brief and to the point.
Operators should yield to regular GMRS traffic when
emergencies are not present. Amateur Radio style
network activity on GMRS is discouraged though we
have Amateur Radio operators as members.
We identify, and report unlicensed
users of GMRS to the local PRA GMRS Intruder
Interference Committee. Persistent unlicensed use by
pirates is reported to the FCC Enforcement Bureau.
We respect and comply with the
orders of commercial antenna site owners that allow
our user group or individuals site access for radio
equipment and antennas.
We use standard commercial
engineering practices when installing and operating
GMRS radio systems, particularly systems located at
commercial antenna sites. GMRS channels are located
in-between commercial and public safety system
channels. It is imperative that the equipment we use
be maintained to commercial standard and efficiency
in order to avoid improper operation and
interference to other services.
We do not use an automatic Morse
Code or voice only identifier when a repeater is not
in actual use. ID'ers that identify as beacons do
not respect repeater or simplex radio traffic
sharing the same frequency. Use of the identifier
during regular communication through the repeater is
the preferred method of operating identifiers.
We NEVER operate GMRS or FRS
transceivers in other countries unless permitted by
that country's laws. Currently U.S. GMRS radios are
not legal in any other country. U.S. Type Approved
FRS radios are legal only in Canada. Only Canadian
GMRS radios of limited power level are allowed in
GMRS repeater owners have the
obligation to coordinate CTCSS and DPL tones in use
on their systems. The last repeater owner to put a
tone on a system changes the tone whenever a
conflict arises. Tones are not left installed in a
system to "hold the tone for future use." Tones
cannot be reserved for users not eligible to license
in GMRS e.g. public safety and disaster
organizations. There shall be a current user for
each activated repeater tone. If one system changes
users, the date the tone was placed on the system is
the date the newest licensee with that tone was
placed on the system. Licensees are strongly
encouraged to keep station records with this
users to have their radios programmed for simplex on
the repeater output using their assigned tone with
options for CTCSS decode active and disabled.
We suggest also an alternate GMRS channel for more
private use and FRS common channels if your radio is
5 watts or less. You may use up 12 channels on
your radios but if you have then, it add more
versatility to your radios. (See sample
We observe the prohibition of
operating GMRS radios North of Line A near the
Canadian border on specified GMRS channels.
Those repeater pairs are: 462.650 and 462.700
If you operate on a grandfathered
GMRS business repeater and you do not hold your own
GMRS license and are not eligible under the license
of an immediate family member, you do not operate
outside the license limitations of the grandfathered
system. You likely can't operate on our
We do not interfere with or annoy
grandfathered business users licensed for GMRS
channels. (None known in our service area)
We acknowledge that the FCC expects
all licensees to cooperatively resolve operational
complaints between GMRS systems.
We never operate modified Amateur
Radio transceivers in the GMRS, FRS, or MURS.
We never camp on a frequency pair
with the specific intent to busy out the channel in
order to discourage others from using the
frequencies or setting up another repeater. GMRS
frequencies are a shared resource and licensees do
not engage in hostile behaviors to warn others away.
We recognize there are incompatible
uses of the GMRS. Any single grandfathered licensee
or group of GMRS licensees that engages in
network-style activity should consider licensing on
a business radio frequency so GMRS channels are not
monopolized by a single licensee, or organized group
In the event my repeater is the
victim of intentional interference neither I or my
users will acknowledge or antagonize the responsible