SUPPORTING REPEATERS

The situation is not the same for all repeaters, in regards to funding. Some may be funded by an individual, others by raising funds from local amateurs or funded by a repeater group.

Location also plays a big part as setting up a repeater at a house can be far cheaper as many sites (usually chosen to provide the best coverage) come at a cost, especially commercial sites. Added to that is the cost of an antenna rigger.

There is also the cost of the internet connection in order to connect to a DMR network as remote sites may require a mobile data setup and the actual data. Then there is the maintenance factor and possibly spares – a backup router, connectors, coax, antenna and possibly even a backup repeater and power source.

Whatever the case is, it all costs money (and a lot of time) therefore it’s ideal to support your local keeper, club or repeater group to assist in keeping the facilities they provide on the air.

I’ve decided to remove the table of websites, as it’s difficult to keep track of this information.

There are a few ways to finding information on a repeater:

(1) Go to ETCC website (https://ukrepeater.net/), search for the repeater, get the Keepers call sign then use https://www.qrz.com/ to see if the Keepers email address has been published. Some Keepers put a website link on the repeater page within the ETCC website.

(2) Do a Google search for the repeater call sign (ie: search for “GB7HR Repeater”) to see if there is a website covering thi repeater. Note that not all repeaters have a website.

(3) You could search for the network that the repeater is on (ie: Northern DMR Cluster) then contact one of the Admins to get some contact details of the relevant keeper (or they will pass your details onto the keeper).