Frequently Asked Questions
- Repeater Owners/Trustees
- Repeater Database
- Repeaterbook Apps
- Repeater Information
- Data Exports
- About this site
- What is the purpose of this Web site?
- Is there a fee to use this site?
- Why do I have to register?
- Do you need help with the site?
- As the owner or trustee of I repeater, how can I request the information on my repeater be changed, obscured, or removed?
- How do you obtain the repeater information on this site?
- I found an inaccurate listing or I know of a repeater listing you don't have.
- How often is the repeater database updated?
- Do I have to use a call sign to register?
- Why does your database seem to have more information than other databases?
- How do you obtain accuracy within your listings?
- You have incorrect information on the site. Aren't you responsible for that?
- If someone vandalizes a repeater site after finding the coordinates on your site, aren't you liable?
- As a repeater owner, I demand that the listing of my repeater be completely removed.
- Do you obtain the permission of a repeater owner before publishing the information?
- As the owner of a closed or private system, will you completely remove my repeater's listing?
- As the owner or trustee of a repeater, why should I share my information with you?
- What are the responsibilities of an admin (moderator)?
- How do I submit a repeater to the database?
- As I was researching some nearby 2M repeaters, I saw CSQ listed under the tone column in the data base. Could you please let me know what CSQ stands for?
- What is a "private" repeater?
- Can I export to an Excel file?
- How do I change my call sign?
- How often are the Repeaterbook apps (android and iPhone) updated?
- How do I export to the G4HFQ programming software?
This Web site is a resource for amateur radio operators in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
The site includes repeater and club information. Other topics of Ham interest include a stolen gear registry and EchoLink status database. Reasonable efforts are made to validate the data, but the quality of the information cannot be guaranteed.
No. Membership is free. However, it costs money to run a site like this. Your help is greatly appreciated. Your donations will help pay for server space, bandwidth, and programming.
You are free to browse this site without registering. However, when you register you will find that you have more access to more features and automation, for example, you must register to create export files for programming software and to create print lists.
This is not a commercial Web site. Your information will never be sold or distributed to anyone.
Absolutely. Every aspect of this Web site needs your help to be the best. We need site admins in several states to collect and maintain data.
But, everyone who visits the site can help. Please add and/or correct any information you see on the site. It is especially easy to add or edit repeaters.
Many that work on the RepeaterBook project are repeater owners, so we understand that owners have varying comfort levels regarding the amount of information that is publicly available about their machines. As a courtesy, we are happy to obscure the micro landmark location, PL tone, GPS coordinates, features, and functions of your repeater.
However, we will not obscure the frequency, city (or nearest city), county, or state the repeater resides in. We will publish the known operational status of the repeater, usage rights, contact e-mail, and Web site of the repeater if it was obtained from publicly available sources.
Occasionally we receive some demanding and rude requests from repeater owners ordering the site to obscure more information than the site policy permits. The U.S. Constitution safeguards the first amendment right to publish this data on the Internet, along with exact coordinates of repeaters and PL tones, which trumps a repeater's "right" to privacy as a repeater site has no right to privacy. Furthermore, amateur radio repeaters reside on publicly available spectrum and no frequency is licensed to any person for exclusive use. The general public, and certainly the amateur radio community, has a right to know that a repeater is operating on a given frequency, even though usage of said repeater by the owner/trustee is prohibited.
Try pleading, begging, or a simple please and we will be more willing to work with you! Requests phrased any other way may be ignored.
The information on this site is taken from commonly available resources. The Internet and other HAMs are our best sources.
Great! Send us the information. Share it with everyone. The only way to make this site the most complete and up-to-date site on repeaters, nets, and clubs on the Web is for users to send us updated information.
We want the same thing everyone else wants...an accurate database to locate repeaters with. We try to do what we can to gather and validate information, but this is very hard. We welcome clean data from our users, but please be aware that the data we post cannot be guaranteed. We are sorry for that.
We also will not purchase information from sources who would seek to sell it to us for profit. This is a free site and we simply can't afford to purchase data from local coordination councils.
The repeater database is updated constantly.
As visitors browse the site, they may find incomplete or incorrect information and submit it. The information is reviewed and any necessary changes are made.
Submitted updates are usually uploaded within 48 hours, but could take longer. The apps are typically updated every two weeks.
Everyone here is a volunteer, so please be patient with us. We appreciate your willingness to improve the data on the site.
Yes. This is an amateur radio web site and all regular users should have a call sign.
This is an open community. We use our call signs whenever we transmit on the air. Anyone can look us up and see who we are. Often, the radio operators who seek anonymity are jammers and trouble-makers, who are not welcome here.
If a visitor wants to use a username that is something other than a call sign, it must be explained to and approved by the administrator.
The administrator reserves the right to reject or cancel memberships to this site at any time, with or without cause or notice.
When we obtain a repeater listing, we conduct a thorough search of the Internet for all available information on that repeater. Many times a repeater sponsor will post a lot of information on a Web site that is beneficial to the Ham community. We collect that data and provide it for you here.
We try not to claim accuracy and allow you to judge for yourself. It is extremely difficult to be 100% accurate all the time. Repeaters come and go and data sources and updates are limited. We depend on those with knowledge of the repeaters to submit the data. We also post who made the changes and what they changed so you can judge the accuracy yourself. obviously, timely updates from repeater owners and trustees would be considered the most trustworthy data.
We also obtain some data by watching coordination council web sites. However, some are better than others about sharing and updating information via the Web. We appreciate those councils that have taken a proactive role in assisting us with data gathering.
We also look for other sources of information beyond what is available through coordinating councils. We search the Web for repeater Web sites, contact repeater users and trustees directly, test repeaters, and rely on you to assist with information verification.
If you are referring to some sort of legal responsibility, no, there is no liability. If someone was to become injured as a result of incorrect information, some form of mental culpability paralleling intentional or reckless must be proved. Since this sites underlying goal is to provide accurate information, there is no intent or provable recklessness in regards to incorrect information.
If you are referring to slander or libel, the operators of this site take no responsibility for the opinions recorded on this site. Any accusation of slander and libel must be taken up with the author of the statements and not the medium that displayed it. You cannot sue the manufacturer of a pen and paper company when someone writes a defaming and untrue piece about another.
Many of us are repeater owners and we always cringe when we hear about repeaters that are damaged or vandalized. We know that there are outdoor enthusiasts that come across repeaters and cause so much havoc for their own fun.
We really would hope that Ham Radio operators are above using RepeaterBook to try to locate a repeater and inflict damage upon it. However, we know that it certainly can happen, but are we liable?
The short answer is no.
Case law can be found on this in regards to Web sites that publish the home addresses of police officers and abortion doctors. Recently, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously said the activists could be held liable only if the material authorized or directly threatened violence. A Supreme Court ruling that said a threat must be explicit and likely to cause "imminent lawless action." Their right to publish this information is protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Even when common sense tells you that the posting of the information is to allow for the information to get to someone who would do harm to the individual, it is still protected. The poster of the information is not responsible for the actions of another individual. This all changes, however, if the poster encourages others to inflict harm upon the individual.
Since the operators of this site do not wish harm to come to any repeater, in fact the opposite, the site and its operators cannot be held liable for any actions taken by a third party with information gleaned from the site.
We understand your concerns and want to work with you, but take a deep breath first
When we receive this request, invariably some right to privacy or copyright is claimed.
Consider for a moment that a repeater listing was similar to your home address being published on the Internet. It is nearly impossible to prevent. In order to keep your address from print in the local phone directory, you must initiate a request to your local phone service provider. Notice they never ask for your permission to print your address, but in fact charge you to obscure it. They even sell the information to anyone who would purchase it.
Even if you are unlisted in your local directory, chances are you home address is still findable on the Internet. There are other publicly available sources for the information and your information is regularly sold without your permission. Other common sources include government records (especially property records and court documents), utility companies, and credit card companies. There are no laws prohibiting companies from publishing this information about you without your permission.
Many people misunderstand what their "right to privacy" really is. While we all cherish privacy, privacy laws do not apply to publicly disclosing where you live. Though many companies maintain privacy policies as a service to their customers, they are not legally required to do so. For more information about US Privacy laws, try here.
As you can see, asserting privacy concerns to request the removal of a repeater entry is without merit and we are not required to act on it on that basis. Certainly a repeater, which is a machine and not a person, would have no right to privacy. The operating frequency of the repeater, its tone, and call sign are continually being transmitted onto publicly available spectrum. This is akin to using a bull horn to announce to the world what your home address is, then becoming upset when someone actually writes it down.
The general rule to privacy and protection of certain information is to not announce it. We have received requests to remove the complete listing of inactive repeaters when information had been intentionally entered onto another database on the Internet. The owner's claim was when the information was entered into that database, that the intent was for it to remain only in that database. This is not a reasonable expectation within the Internet and depicts a lack of understanding of how the Internet operates.
As far as copyright law and a database like this, many people believe incorrectly they they have some protection here as well. You may want to study the issue on the US Copyright Office Web site. Specifically not protected is fact. Repeater data on this site is completely grounded in fact. The operating frequency, PL, offset, location, call sign, etc, is all fact. A book that is a collection of facts can still be copyrighted. However, the facts contained within are not protected. The protection is the book's format and the method for expressing the facts.
In conclusion, yelling, screaming, or threatening anything (including lawsuits) in an attempt to remove your repeater listing, does not have to be resorted to. We have no legal requirement to remove a repeater listing. We are confident we are completely within the law. However, we can be sympathetic to requests that are well articulated and polite in nature.
On a more positive note, we would like to point out that we would like to represent everything that is good about amateur radio. We do not wish to be argumentative about these points or debate them with you. We would prefer to embrace you as a fellow Ham and work together in a spirit of cooperation to come to a mutually acceptable arrangement. While other repeater listing repositories attempt to make money on their products, there is no requirement on this site to pay money to receive any information. We are simply a collection point for publicly available information. We believe because of our operating practices, you may be most willing to share your information.
We should also note that requests to remove data outside of PL tones, locations, and coordinates from the site are actually pretty rare.
We have over 21,000 repeaters in the database and that would be quite the chore. Considering the options, we thought it would be much too cumbersome and expensive to get consent from a repeater owner before posting any data about a repeater. It would be a non-starter.
As many of us are repeater owners or board members of large clubs with repeaters, we decided that such a mailing would be expensive, overwhelming, difficult, and likely fruitless. If every administrator of a Web site attempted to gain the permission of the owner of a repeater, repeater owners would be so tired of receiving requests that they would likely ignore them.
Cost is also a major factor. We figured the cost would be about $1.00 per mailing. Currently, we service more than 21,000 repeaters. For a free site, that cost is overwhelming.
Finally, there is no legal or moral requirements to request permission to publish facts, especially when they are generally available from other sources. So for now, we will continue to gather information as we do and pledge to work with the concerns of repeater owners as they arise.
We are glad to list your repeater as closed or private and even provide a note in the comments field alerting potential users to this fact. We will also subdue the PL tone, exact coordinates, access codes, and features. However, if your intent is to "hide" your repeater from the would-be jammer, removing the listing from this database is not likely to accomplish this. There are several other publications, both Web and print, that display closed and private repeaters. Removing the entry from this database does not remove it from the Web.
There are a couple of reasons why we hesitate to outright remove a listing from the database. One of those is because we provide a service to repeater owners. For potential repeater owners looking for a frequency, it is handy to know that a frequency is already in use. If there are repeater interference issues, a listing on this site provides an easy method to locate the potential source of the interference so that a remedy can be applied.
We also believe with the advent of fast-scan radios and PL search, that there is no way to "hide" a repeater on the ham bands. Finding a repeater in the wild that is not listed on this site just makes other's curious. If you are attempting to avoid a jammer that preys on private systems, the more you try to hide, the more determined a jammer becomes and the more satisfaction he feels in his accomplishment. We believe the alternative approach of 'nothing to hide and nothing to fear' is a more effective way of quelling the competitive nature of a jammer.
Some owners of repeaters are concerned when they request that the repeater coordination authority for their repeater not publish information about their repeater yet is appears on RepeaterBook. We can assure you that your coordination authority is not the one to blame.
Please don't insult us by requesting that we remove the information if you post it on your own Web site. It's amazing, but that has happened!
We are attempting to build an open access and free database of useful information for all amateurs. The deployment of the information is designed to help those with a legitimate interest in amateur radio a reliable and central resource to gather repeater information. We do not require anyone to pay any fee for use of the site and openly seek accurate information. We believe this is in harmony with the concept of amateur radio as a service organization.
Beyond all of that, we believe that this site can assist travelers and new HAMs with the information they need to confidently enter the hobby in the area served. Travelers appreciate the ability to program reliable repeater data into their radios to increase the safety and pleasure of their trips. New HAMs appreciate a quick way to get the information they need to program their radios and start socializing. In this spirit, we hope that you will share your repeater information with us.
If you prefer not to allow other amateurs use of your repeater, simply request the repeater be listed as closed, as this is a sign to other HAMs that the repeater is not open to general use.
Many repeater owners want their repeaters to be used. Listing your repeater on this site allows us to advertise the presence, features, and capabilities of your repeater for you.
Admins are assigned a state or province and they are generally responsible for the database information pertaining to that area. They will conduct research to locate repeaters and update information, handle requests from site visitors, and review submissions.
Admins must be Ham radio operators with some knowledge of repeater operation (repeater owners preferred), some affinity to some basic web programming and attention to detail.
The time commitment is not very high. There is some front-end work getting the data entered and updated, but ongoing maintenance is low. The typical admin can spend just 15 minutes per week handling requests and doing some light research. Occasionally, more time is required for the bi-annual data reviews.
First, conduct a search for the repeater in the database through the state or province it should be located in. If the search results do not include the repeater, select the 'New Repeater' link in the blue menu bar near the top of the page. A notification of the request will add the repeater to the database. You will be notified when this happens. Most of the time, updates are completed within 48 hours.
CSQ refers to access to the repeater being Carrier Squelch. In other words, there is no PL tone and your FM carrier will key the repeater.
This is a repeater where the owner(s) decided they want to control who can access it. You must have permission to use the repeater and sometimes you may even be required to pay a membership fee.
Yes. You must be registered and logged in to see the Export option on the menu.
First, search for the repeater listing you want. You should see 'Export' on the menu. Choose 'CSV' as that file type can be opened by Excel.
Congratulations on your new call sign. To change your call sign, just contact the admin with the Contact Form. Please let me know what your old call sign was and what your new call sign is.
We update the apps about every two weeks.
Repeaterbook data exports has been certified by G4HFQ. The recommended method for exporting the data is to use the G4HFQ menu option and choose FTBasicMMO. This will create a CSV file that you can import in to any of the G4HFQ programming applications.
Alternatively, you can use the TravelPlus .tpe version, but it does not contain as much data as the G4HFQ export. G4HFQ is not compatible with the TravelPlus .csv export file.
For more information about the G4HFQ suite of products, visit here.