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This Web site is a resource for amateur radio operators all around the world.
No. Membership is free.
It does cost money to run a site like this. Your help is greatly appreciated. Your donations will help pay for server space, bandwidth, and programming.
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.
As the owner or trustee of I repeater, how can I request the information on my repeater be changed, obscured, or removed?
Many Hams that work on the RepeaterBook project are repeater owners themselves, 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.
The information on this site is taken from commonly available resources. The Internet and other HAMs are our best sources.
We do not take information from sources like the ARRL's Repeater Directory. We have found that the information there tends to be stale. We do have many coordination councils that work with us directly and provide up to the minute information.
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.
As a note, it is somewhat baffling to us when we see the occasional post on a forum somewhere about Repeaterbook listings not being accurate or missing your favorite repeater. It probably took more time to rant about that then it would have to simply send us the update. Some areas are extremely accurate and others not so much. This is directly proportional to the enthusiasm of the hams in that area to contribute to the site.
For the number of posts that we see complaining about the data, there are 10 more that rave about it.
The repeater database is updated constantly, all day, every day.
Thinking about the larger picture...there really is no central database in the US that a repeater owner must report their repeater to. It is not even required to report a repeater to a local coordination authority. This can make getting data elusive. If the government ran a repeater registration system, there may be a central database, but it doesn't. Not like the FCC ULS for call sign information. Getting this data, especially accurate data, is quite the process. The more help we get, the better the data is.
Yes. This is an amateur radio web site and all regular users must have a call sign.
There are those that are very interested in amateur radio, but do not yet have a call sign. You are absolutely welcome here. What you are primarily missing are features that really only work if you are licensed and have a radio to use.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We update the apps about every two weeks.
No, we do not. We thought about this carefully and even started building out an interface for it.
What we found is that GMRS owners often times do not have the same goals as amateur radio repeater owners. Many GMRS owners create small radio networks to operate farms or for family use and do not want outsiders on their systems. They also want to lock down all listings of their repeaters so only they can modify them.
This does not follow the Repeaterbook.com model. Furthermore, there seems to be other resources available that offer this service. Though not as robust and built out, their services seem to be adequate for that community. Repeaterbook.com will continue to focus on the amateur radio community.
Repeaterbook data exports has been certified by CHIRP, RT Systems, and G4HFQ. The recommended method for exporting the data is to use the corresponding Export menu option. This will create a file that you can import directly into the software.
Yes. You must be registered and logged in to see the Export option on the menu.
To export data to the Kenwood MCP-4A programming software, you can use the TravelPlus .tpe format. The MCP-4A export is not compatible with the Kenwood software.
Is there a special format of the .csv file that works with Icom? I'm trying to program my IC7100 using CS7100 cloning software.
Only for D-Star repeaters. We would like to provide this export. We would need a sample of a file that can be uploaded to this radio to create a similarly-structured file.
The TravelPlus tpe format is a file format specifically designed to export to radio programming software. All programming software applications should be able to accept this file format as produced by the TravelPlus software.
The TravelPlus tpe file export directly from TravelPlus will not work in CHIRP (as of the 20140124 daily build). The tpe file from RepeaterBook has been modified to allow thefile to work.
You must be registered and logged on to access the Export menus.
If someone vandalizes a repeater site after finding the coordinates on your site, aren't you liable?
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.<br>
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. An assertion that permission has not been granted to publish the data on this website and is therefore prohibited.
Most people that make such a claim actually do not know how copyright and the fair use doctrine works. If they did, they would probably not make an uninformed legal argument. But because this method is employed from time to time, we opted to do some research for you.
Copyright and Permission Required Argument
Most websites put Copyright notices on the footers of their pages. What is the legal effect of doing so?
As far as copyright law and a database like this, many people believe incorrectly that they have some protection from their repeater's information from being published on Repeaterbook. Please take a moment to study Copyright protections on the US Copyright Office http://www.copyright.gov/ website.
Specifically not protected is fact. Repeater data on this site is comprised of facts. The operating frequency, PL, offset, location, call sign, etc, is all fact. We do not violate copyright by copying or displaying elements of design that can be copyrighted. We don't reuse maps, charts, or images from a site without permission. Our formatting of the information is not borrowed from another site and is unique to our style. A book that is a collection of facts can still be copyrighted. However, the facts contained within are not protected and can be re-published elsewhere. The protection is the book's format and the method for expressing the facts. Sentence structure, for example.
We have over 30,000 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.