So You Want Your Own Repeater?
Having your own repeater goes well beyond a few weeks of construction, one day of installation, and then sitting back in your easy chair for the next decade until you need to go replace a power amplifier or some other failed component. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who think that way!
If you plan to install your repeater at a commercial communications site,
you should keep in mind that the site owner sees you as an "amateur radio
operator". What you build, how it looks, how you act, how much you
complain, etc. reflects on the entire amateur radio community!
Any of these things, or a myriad of others, can quickly give a site owner ill feelings about amateur radio operators. Things like this have happened at sites in Southern California and it has taken decades for those owners to let any amateur radio operator back in their buildings. So, keep in mind that what you do will reflect on the entire amateur radio community for many years to come.
From a technical standpoint, you need to keep your operation clean. You should expect to make periodic maintenance trips to ensure that your equipment is operating properly.
The FCC is serious about
enforcing Part 97. You, or your designated control operator(s), are
responsible for the activity on your repeater. You need to ensure that
your users abide by the rules set forth in Part 97. The ARRL has
version of Part 97 if you need to review it.
Last modified: April 12, 2003