Acceptable Use Policy

The N3TWT License Trustee has approved the following operating standards. Radio amateurs using SMRA repeaters and/or the SMRA club call sign at our events shall adhere to these rules.

  1. Purpose of Repeaters
    1. Provide emergency communications to radio amateurs.
    2. Provide an alternate means of emergency communication for Federal, State, and County/Municipal public safety.
    3. Allow radio amateurs to participate in public service activities by providing       communications over a wide area.
    4. Facilitate normal communications between radio amateurs who would otherwise be unable to communicate due to equipment or geographical reasons.
    5. Provide a forum for SMRA sanctioned nets.
  2. Open System
    1. All SMRA repeaters shall be open systems. Any properly licensed radio amateur is invited to use the repeaters unless specifically prohibited.
  3. Conduct
    1. All station operations shall comply with the generally accepted standards for conduct expected of ladies and gentlemen in our society: common sense and courtesy.
    2. All operators shall set an example for good operating standards based on historical standards of the Amateur Radio Service.
    3. Stations shall use plain language or commonly used and accepted Q-codes and never attempt to hide, conceal or otherwise deceive another operator with ”secret conversation.”
    4. Business transmissions shall be forbidden.
    5. Stations shall not transmit music, sound effects, sing or rebroadcast, intentionally or unintentionally, television or other radio service transmissions.
  4. FCC Rules and Regulations
    1. Stations shall be in strict compliance with Part 97 and/or any applicable regulations at all times.
    2. Some policies, while not in contradiction with FCC regulations, may not be specifically mentioned in FCC regulations. The SMRA has the right to dictate additional guidelines in excess of FCC regulations.
  5. Station Identification
    1. Stations shall identify at the beginning of the first transmission, at an interval not to exceed 10 minutes, and at the end of a series of transmissions.
    2. Stations shall identify by FM phone and in English. Stations will use phonetics when appropriate to ensure they are positively identified.
  6. Time Limit
    1. Transmissions shall not exceed three (3) minutes. The repeater will automatically cease operation after that time period has elapsed.
    2. Stations shall wait for the courtesy tone prior to making a reply transmission. Waiting for the carrier to drop is not necessary, but a pause between transmissions will allow other stations to call.
    3. Stations shall pause and call for additional stations after a conversation lasting fifteen (15) minutes.
  7. Transmission Priority
    1. Stations shall immediately cease operation upon an emergency transmission and will immediately offer assistance to the station in distress.
    2. The designation for an emergency transmission shall be the word “BREAK” and any transmission beginning with “BREAK” should be considered high priority traffic.
    3. SMRA sanctioned nets and activities shall take priority over all non-emergency activity.
  8. Emission Type
    1. Transmissions shall be of the following emission types:
      1. FM phone (+/-5 kHz nominal)
      2. Commonly accepted digital modes – with FM phone identification of mode type and call sign before each digital mode transmission.
      3. Modulated CW – for identification purposes and authorized CW practice sessions only.
    2. Stations shall use the minimum power required to obtain reasonable quieting into the repeater.
  9. Operating Activities
    1. No organized activity shall take place on SMRA repeaters without the prior written consent of the Executive Board.
    2. When multiple stations are simultaneously using the repeater, the round-robin method of group conversation is suggested and stations are encouraged to “hand off” the conversation to the next station by stating the next station’s name or call sign.
    3. Organized activities
      1. During authorized activities, drills or simulated emergencies, the use of Tactical call signs or IDs is allowed in addition to normal FCC identification requirements.
      2. For drills and simulated emergencies, all transmissions shall be prefaced by “This is a drill”.
      3. It is also recommended that the purpose of the exercise be announced at least once every 30 minutes
  10. Simplex
    1. Stations are encouraged, but not required, to use simplex when appropriate.
  11. Enforcement of Policies
    1. In accordance with FCC regulations, the License Trustee shall have the final say on matters regarding operating activities.
    2. Control operators shall, at any time, enforce these policies by requesting that a station discontinue use of the repeater and/or cease operation of the repeater. Per FCC regulations, all stations must comply with requests from control operators.
    3. Questions regarding operations shall be directed to a control operator, the N3TWT License Trustee, or a member of the Executive Board.

Last updated on July 22, 2014