Amateur Repeater Coordination

Though this page is focused on the hardware aspects of repeater building It would be a disservice to newcomers not to mention repeater coordination.

We'd like to thank Don Williams for the following information regarding coordination

So, you just acquired a repeater from John Doe and wish to have a frequency pair coordinated. You feel you meet the requirements of your local frequency coordinator, so you want to know what the process is. The coordination process involves several steps.

Briefly they are:

1)Contact your coordinator for a coordination package
2) Read all documents carefully
3) Research the frequencies needed (yes, most coordinators consider this your job) and
4) Fill out and submit the application to your local coordinator.

Due to the fact that the process of coordination requires you to apply for a usable frequency pair beforehand, you will not know if the pair which you applied for will be approved until you receive your assignment papers (coordination). This process typically takes 4 to 6 weeks if there are no hitches. However, many coordinators recognize current technology and are constantly on the look out for ways to improve efficiency and thus reduce the time needed for a coordination, i.e. the use of email and the Internet.

So please, don't go spending money on repeater crystals etc. until you receive your assignment in the mail.

When you receive the coordination package from your coordinator (or the Web), read all documents including the instructions very carefully. Make sure you understand them and are aware of the important parts which affect your application and future coordination. If you have any questions please contact your local coordinator who will most happy to answer them.

Don Williams, WA4K
President
SouthEastern Repeater Association, Inc.

The National Frequency Coordinators' Conference, Inc. web page is located at www.arrl.org/nfcc/




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