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Why are the repeaters so quiet? – Ham Radio Q&A

Why are the repeaters so quiet? – Ham Radio Q&A

100 comments on “Why are the repeaters so quiet? – Ham Radio Q&A

  1. I think times have changed when I first started off as a ham operator it stayed busy from earlier in the morning to late nights but I talked something but listen more I am more on trunking scanners but have a good one 73s kd4kbl.

  2. I have held off on digital modes due to the incompatibility issues. Internet-based radio just doesn’t really impress me anyway. I miss the days when everyone on 2m was on FM; there’s a little more charm to some mild bacon frying or picket-fencing on a mobile signal compared to drop-outs and R2D2 noises. Oh well, I’m getting old! 73, KE8WC

  3. I moved from an area with a very active and accepting ham community to a more rural area that is less active. The biggest disappointment is I know there is a core group that talks to one another, but they are clearly not very accepting of others. If you catch them they'll talk, but when you throw your call our day after day after day during morning and evening commute and never get a response… You stop turning the radio on. Haven't flipped mine on in months because it's just a waste of my time when you know no one is going to respond.

  4. My take is I got tired of listening to CB mentality and inane BS, also most of my friends moved or passed away. I have 4 2m 440 rigs I will give away

  5. 146.850 with no pl in the twin cities is active almost 24/7. Even well into 9:00 PM it is active.

  6. Some good ideas why there is less communications on the repeaters but you left out one. In the mid 1980's I became a ham. A couple guys I knew built and installed a repeater. They tinkered with it for about 10 years adding control of the repeater from a Commodore 64C computer and software specifically written for that purpose. That had HF capability, rotator control, and control of the HF rig through touch tones, DTMF, on the repeater. Add to that there was a group of us that were friends and worked day jobs, some that had to drive into Cleveland. The drive in took about an hour. Rather than listen to the broadcast radio our group would rag chew on the repeater. As each person arrived at work they would drop off the repeater. We would pickup the rag chew on the trip home. A lot of us belong to the same radio club and had activities in the evening. We rag chewed a lot while traveling to and from places around town. I retired in 1993. Many of those that were in the repeater group to rag chew have since retried as well. Some of us get together for a new club's activities but beyond that we are on the radio less often due less travel in our vehicles.

  7. Either memorize your speeches or invest in a teleprompter (grin) Or maybe move the cue cards closer to the lens ? 🙂

  8. I think I will just stick to Freebanding as I want nothing to with DMR. But should I still get a license for 10 meters? 26CT2997

  9. I have been a Ham since 1992 I have gone an echo link and found no one on with this going on Ham radio will die and it's a shame. Kb2nzo. 73s

  10. Repeaters stay quiet because in some area's people will not let in other "new" people. Also if you make a mistake on a repeater you can be instantly berated for that mistake. Not analog is not Amateur Radio, fully understand some Amateur Radio Operators saying this as they do not understand there is intranet and Internet two very different things so yes digital can be amateur radio not over the internet… but digital which is not encrypted in a operational area for emergency communications.. mesh networks. Digital is fascinating and fun,, but so is analog both are great and both have a purpose. Just keep an open mind and learn… both.

  11. I got my Tech license last year. Bought a cheap Baofeng UV-5R and a Yaesu FT-25 2 meter HT, made a couple of calls to see if I could hit the local repeater in Pittsburgh. Listened to the local repeaters a few times…and haven't touched the radios since. The dominant repeater in my area only seems busy during the mornings and afternoons when people are going to and coming from work. I don't have the money to build a big shack in my house. I don't drive and the local clubs and events are all in other counties that I can't get to. And I'm not going to pay the ARRL $50/yr just for a magazine subscription. Just not as interested in the local scene, what there is of it.

  12. My favorite is monitoring a quiet repeater, suddenly an Echo Link station connects. I go back to him with my call, no response, then two minutes later the linked station disconnects. This happens 90% of the time with Echo Link. Echo Link is a waste of my time.

  13. About 1975 minneapolis/st.paul minnesota. We hams that were not criminals decided to form the Twin City Repeater Club(we followed ARRL guidelines). there were nothing but problems with criminals using ham radio for profit(pay money to private individual to use repeater and auto patch.) all this sanctioned by local ARRL division director. well we got it done anyway and had a lot of traffic(before cellphones and internet). we were on 146.31-146.91 open access to repeater and auto patch. It was a useful endeavor that got a lot of use and helped a lot of people. now i live in Denver. lots of repeaters. I don't even monitor anymore. go to ham radio coffee clutch twice a week and use hf mobile, 2 meter mobil, 900 p25, for the little talking done. cell phones and internet have taken over for most communications. I turn on a cb once a month but there is almost nothing there either. Now that we are linked electronically to the entire world we have little to say.

  14. I have been a have been a Tech since 1992 in 2 states. In Ohio I was a member of a club and lots of activity on the repeater. Since 2001, I have lived in Florida. I joined a club but soon found out that most were Extra class snobs and elites who only talked to each other. They only used club repeaters for nets and emergency traffic. Rag chew was simply frowned upon. So after 3 years I dropped out and don't miss the old fuddy duddy code pushing clowns. I mostly now only make contacts on simplex. Just my 2 cents…the hobby will die off if these elitist don't change
    and start being more like real people and elmers to the younger generation New to ham radio. JMHO

  15. I think it has to do something with … 1 that the youth dont want study so much electronics just to get on the bands. They have a phone with internet. 2 Licensed hams are on dmr internet hotspots. 3 too much sk's . 4 Not everybody can have antennas on there roof or a 100 foot tower. 5 Cost of a renting a space in a big commercial tv tower cost lots of money in EU. The electricity cost for a repeater, and internet are also €€€ . Those are the reasons i can think up ride now for my area in Europe. Voip kills most repeaters. And Icom prices too.

  16. 38 years ago 2 meter with a hand set was the ticket. Now with a cell phone I can talk all over the world on Verizon repeaters.

  17. Good points from a fellow amateur radio operator here. The various digital modes reminds me of the story from the Bible called The Tower of Babel. I'm still analogue BTW. I remember when I was back in Pittsburgh, we had our Saturday Knights (pun on night) of the Round Table.

  18. Sadly, ham radio is mostly a hobby for bored tired old white men who have nothing relevant to say. And of course there's always a few bozos on there who can't resist talking like a hillbilly CB'er. The same people talking about the same things. The incompatibility of the various digital formats. No thanks, I quit and sold everything six years ago so that I wouldn't become part of the problem.

  19. Hi i am currently in a home made project to use in our community in case of a calamity, I am currently working a Mobile Communications Car which would theoretically operate in 4-6 UHF and VHF radios without interference when multiple radio is being used at a time (dispatch type with multiple teams e.g. Fire Team Channel on 1 Radio , EmS Team on another, Rescue tean on another one and so on.

    If i install it in a van and only use a car antenna how far should the antenna be without overloading or desensitize the other radios? And can you recommend a Radio which is more suitable for this set up?

  20. I call on my M6(foundation) callsign and mostly get nothing in return, I find the same few ppl on for awhile until they get fed up with little activity and move onto DMR, DStar or whatever. It's a shame as my local repeater has such a good footprint. More listeners than talkers. I keep calling thou!

  21. I tried 2 meters once about 3 years ago. Got a Kenwood 2 meter rig and set up an antenna and tried to make contacts…..but there was nobody there to contact. After 5 months of nobody, sold the 2 meter rig. Always been on HF after getting my Advanced ticket 23 years ago…..but the problem there is too many people…..crazy people….anti social people…..jammers…..music players……cursing and promises of physical attacks..and it is worse today…listen to 7200 or 3860….. or just about anywhere….you will often hear sociopaths and psychopaths making death threats and doxing people to find any dirt on them to make public.
    After 23 years on the air, I gave it all up…..and never looked back. Do not miss it at all. After just a month, I no longer even wanted to turn on the computerized SDR UNO receiver that I still have. I use that to listen to shortwave, which also seems to be dying. It's been over a year now of not being on the air……and I don't miss it all.

  22. I live in a rural area in the north USA. Yesterday our cellphone and landlines were interrupted by what I understand to be an accidental construction dig. They were down the entire day and this morning they are down again for repair. The only thing working in town is the ham radios and what system the local sheriff has up for emergencies. It makes me wonder, what will people do if something like this occurs in other towns and cities. How would people get help in an emergency situation? How would others be noticed about an emergency without the use of their cellphone.
    Most of us carry insurance incase of an accident, death or fire, so why not communication insurance? Learning to use a ham radio by becoming a licensed operator is great start. Ham radio operators can assist those without radios in emergency times.
    I realized after watching this video and seeing firsthand what it's like to be without phone communication and that it is up to us hams to spread the word. We should all do our part in introducing ham radio to others who just don't know it exists.

  23. The nuber one reason for decline is elitist gatekeepers. There is a lack of encouragement in this hobby and way to many people act like your invading their personal playground.

  24. Nationally DMR repeaters are leading the way by a massive margin. It's for the community not specific market share for any one company. There's the difference! If more radio companies did something good for society we will follow. When it smells like totalitarianism …I'm out! Looking at you ARRL anti-capitalist racists fascists.

  25. Sadly today EVERYBODY want's to put their own repeater on the air so instead of one great repeater in an area, there are now a dozen or more that are put up half way.
    … ….
    Most 2 meter operators are merely CBers that changed frequencies.
    ……
    Then everbody wants some gimmick talking controller that talks
    so much people get tired of it and leave.
    …….
    And i have yet to find a ham repeater that didn't have desense
    or audio level issues, or signals that come and go in the wind because they used some cheap Diamond or Comet repeater antenna

  26. Repeaters are dead because AR is dead. AR is dead because the FCC rules preclude experimentation that many folks want to do (like IP gateways so I can browse to SSL websites or remote control via SSH).
    The FUDDs won't let this change, so the hobby is gonna die. Wish it wasn't true, but it is.

  27. Well I'm not going to beat around the bush about this subject. I'm going to be Point Blank. I've been a ham for 10 years. 2 meter 70 centimeters is very clicky. People get on they have their little conversation you can't get a word in edgewise and they get off and you ID and it's crickets as you say. I haven't been on a repeater since 2015 because I got tired of hearing crickets. I know I'm not the only one that feels this way. You got snobby clicky groups. That's a lot of the problem right there! People go get their license and nobody will talk to them. I've made a point when I heard somebody on the radio new I reply. I'm sure I'm going to offend Somebody by saying this but it's the truth! It will never change and I will just stay on HF.

  28. Repeaters being quite, it is the result of the nonsense requirements to get a ham radio license, the rules has been placed to restrict the normal citizen to access to the ham radio, that is the result, and in a couple of years will happen the same in HF. A cell phone it is much more powerful and useful than a VHF/UHF transceiver, also much more dangerous than a transceiver, you can make very bad things and hurt people with a cell phone, on the other hand no license no rules and no codes to talk with other cell phone "operator" , no restrictions at all, very simple to understand and clear as water. The Ham transceivers are cutting edge technology and The rules for ham radio are stone age, Ham radio is a kind of sovereignty, Ham radio operators normally qualified themselves as people ready to help and to support , unfortunately the majority i listen in HF are cynical.

  29. I live half mile from a commercial FM station antenna that uses 4 stations & bleeds over some of the aircraft band 117-123 MHz & 4.5 through 6.5 kHz shortwave. I get it on my portable like my Tecsun radios & my Yaesu radio also. I tried to report it to FCC but not they not respond & calling the station didn't help either. Anything I can do myself to eliminate this?

  30. The one thing that will ruin Ham Radio will be the Ham operators themselves. To much like "CB" radio days.

  31. Why are repeaters so quiet? Because all the hams are on the internet making videos about why the airwaves are dead.

  32. There are less (active) radio amateurs, irrespective of HF or VHF, compared to 20 to 30 years ago. Old hams are going silent key while the number of new hams has been steadily declining… this will also reflect in VHF repeater usage

  33. Subdivision HOA restrictions (CC&R's) are a major factor. In much of the western US, particularly Arizona, 96% of residential subdivisions created in the past 35 years have extremely prohibitive antenna restrictions. This has effectively created a roadblock for anyone wanting to use anything requiring an antenna.

  34. One good example of this can be found on the WIN system network that has over 100 networked repeaters around the world based out of Los Angeles. The operators of this system scold users for going over the 10 minute limit and yet repeatedly do so themselves. They harangue users on their audio if it isn't perfect and there are also users that constantly talk down to other users. This type of demeanor just repels users from ever keying up and making contacts. For a system that covers many continents and countries, it is silent most of the time. And yet, when someone calls for a win system demonstration, all the roaches come out of the woodwork. Pretty amazing to see all these hams sit by their radios listening to silence and only keys down on a demonstration request. No wonder experienced and new hams alike avoid this type of repeaters like the plague.

  35. Can you do a video about why amateur radio is important and why we should obtain it? I am trying to get friends and colleagues to get into ham radio. I would greatly appreciate it.

    73! N5DTS

  36. This is not a New thing , its been going on for 15+ years in my State , in the 70s & 80's there were few repeaters and too many operators , today there are more repeaters than coordination can allow and not as many users . To rectify this , the clubs started linking the repeaters together and not simply for geographical reasons although new systems have come into play for that very reason. Also the UHF repeaters were almost unused but now they are dedicating most UHF repeaters for DMR , DSTAR and other digital modes . We are becoming spread out , Times change .

  37. I'm just getting started listening to shortwave, as an old mechanic im interested in building some antennas, I'm not understanding who can't listen to who regarding digital and analog, I understand sets can be made old or new, analog or digital, are we not all tuning to an electromagnetic wave? Help me out here.

  38. Often it's cliques & some rudeness of folks thinking they "own" it. I used to enjoy a net or few ragchews on the 2 meters. Sure I hit a few tween busy schedules. But I've went with Echolink to DMR as an outside option due to my living situation ( renting). Met quite a few hams that way. I by no means am shrugging 2 meters or analog, just til I can get my jpole (I recieved from the host back in January lol) to find other outlets of the radio world. As for me, I enjoy meeting new hams & I'm pretty rare to catch on air.
    De KD9IFV

  39. Possibly, if digital will not be standardized, then an alternative is to create a standardized hybrid: analogue/digital system. This would be primarily an analogue system which has digital functionality. All of the options as possible solutions are just not options, today you need several radios and scanners utilizing the different protocols. Any other industry, could not feasibly exist without having standardizations and this is what we are seeing in HAM communities.

  40. Wait until a SHTF situation. Then you will see the old school technology. Know everything from Morse to Ham. It could prove very useful.

  41. Oddly i am guessing a lot has to do where you live when i lived in the far north of alaska 2 meater and 70 cm are very active by licensed and unlicensed users oddly where i was really that was the only way to talk locally as the phones rarely worked and to reach other towns like nome we used hf rigs not all of us had hf rigs but someone we know did and it was like the local phone booth in the 60s for long distance calls

  42. Prime example use it or lose it and that was 220 megahertz I don't know how long you have been a ham when I was first getting into amateur radio the only reason more people did not use 220 is because their radios did not have 220 capability and then there was repeater group on two meter that said if you are not a member you cannot use this particular machine and no matter if you were traveling or not and I was like that was a put off I always appreciate catching your videos when I can I don't always catch them when they're new but at least I try and why don't they make one uniform digital routing device that is compatible with the Yaesu the Icom and radios like that because speaking for myself not everybody has enough money to have four or five different rigs all at the same time I don't know much about the digital world I'd never operated digital I think it's cool just like the first time I operated FM I thought it was cool because you didn't hear any of the am style signal I don't know how else to describe that besides it sounds a lot like you had a telephone attached to your head instead of listening to the old a.m. radio talk shows and I would assume that digital would be like comparing FM stereo 2 satellite radio for your car I don't know how else to describe it LOL

  43. I blame ARRL for dropping code. People with 20 yrs experience who busted their ases to get a technician ticket or an advanced had to know code. Code sliwed people down and forced them to TRULY learn the hobby. After dropping code, we now have a bunch of ignorant kids chunking repeaters and keying over each other who are Extra class license holders with Zero experience or code. Ham radio is a fucking joke anymore. You can memorize some answers, take a multiple choice test and get a ticket. Brand new hams get their tech ticket and upgrade to extra in less than a month. It took me forever to learn code but I did it. I enjoy it.

    -… .-. .. -. –.
    -… .- -.-. -.-
    -.-. — -.. .
    '73
    .- ..-. ….. –. …-
    AF5GV

  44. I don’t know how Ham operators act but on CB there are a lot of angry and rude people in there little clicks it’s too bad cause they discourage new CBers in the Hobby maybe it’s one of the reasons it’s not as popular like in the 70s and 80s Too Bad

  45. I've been a ham since the early 90's. I was also career military, so I moved around a LOT. Different areas of the country are far more active than others on local repeaters. Surprisingly, Southern CA is one of the quietest areas I've been in. I'd scan and call for two hours daily during commutes and rarely get a response. The "regulars" were VERY cliquish and would rarely respond to anyone but their circle of friends. Very discouraging.

  46. One of our local clubs has a Monday net at 10:00AM. Start roundtables on the other six days, even if it's a short call. Wait until the net is over, then give a call, and give calls during the morning and evening drive times. This way, new hams worked me as their first contact. www.w7tbc.org

  47. Thanks for your view and info. At 62 Yrs Old, I first became a Ham at 16 and up until 2 years ago very active to light active up and down over the years from HF then back to VHF/UHF. Three or so years ago I gave all my equipment to a New Licensee for free. At the time I was not into HF and well just like this video, the repeaters in two different locations (Nevada and Calif) were dead almost all the time and made me feel I was the only one still in HAM. But once in a while I would find a active repeater in SoCal area
    with a lot of people as I have a home in Irvine. WOW, the unwelcome treatment to people hopping on that Repeater as guests was like you stole his dog. I gave up and even let my license expire. Then a few weeks ago I was in a store in Tucson AZ and a nice guy was using his iphone as a two way radio and I ask him what he was using. He said oh, I'm a HAM talking to a friend in UK. He then told me about Network Radio with ZELLO. I downloaded and wow my eyes light up with excitement again. I re-tested last week and passed to re new my license. Still waiting for FCC update but so excited. I will be focused on Digital only. I am building a Node with PI right now and want to check out DMR, Fusion, D-star but mostly how they connect with Network Radio. There is something MAJOR MAJOR WRONG with HAM Radio when a APP two-way has over 120 Million users. I hope to be part that moves these two Functions together and use the Network Radio as a tool to excite and move newer and younger users onto the Wonderful world of HAM Radio. Let's All give part and make them welcome. 73's

  48. I'm 26 and have my ham license.
    Even when there is activity on a local repeater it's a few people and there isn't ever a chance to chime in with anything.
    Sometimes I will key up and state my call sign and say that I'm up for a discussion, nothing happens then some one keys in calling for another operator and they start talking with each other.
    The biggest problems I think are that most hams are older people and are dying therefore there are fewer hams each year.
    My brother is an amateur prepper and has shown interest in ham radio but never puts forth the time or effort to get his license.
    I think to really save ham radio getting rid of licensing requirements should be considered.

  49. The computer digital modes are taking over. I sat beside a ham while he worked a station on his PC. He had his local 2 mtr. repeater on his radio and a station gave a call – 3 times. He totally ignored the call. I just had to grab the mic and take the call. Not an emergency but turns new hams off. I ask him why he didn't answer. He had it on in case his buddy gave a call. He had no interest in the VHF mode. That's why people are letting their license lapse.

  50. "Their mode is the best and all others should be eliminated" – I think you would be hard pressed to find one individual who would come right out and say that. I think the issue is more of people vying for leadership and followers, narcissist style. Most of these would-be leaders dont do any ham radio at all, nor could they, but they excel at getting other non-tech people to follow their steps. I would turn my radio off if the local repeater was jammed daily with incessant non-tech bullshit – I'm not interested in listening to that. Why cant people actually put together an interesting technical discussion or even some tech activity?

  51. aaaaaaaaand that's why I REFUSE to go digital until we can get on the same page of the 20 different AMBE vocoder required digital modes that exist for no reason.

  52. You're ignoring the main reason repeaters are so quiet — the amateur radio culture is too conformist. Imagine a hammer getting on a local repeater and talking to his buddy 20 miles away about 9-11 Truth or the wars in the Middle East. Every little ham creep out there would start complaining or maybe even report the conversation. I don't have a ham license although I was studying to get one. I decided not to after I observed how boring and cookie cutter the talk is and how suppressed genuine free speech is on ham. P.S. A lot of the speech suppression has to do with ham not being anonymous. When you give your call sign, your name and address are easy to find.

  53. I noticed that 2m FM started to go downhill when ALL FM repeaters went PL all the time.
    This meant that if they were not already familiar with the repeater, they couldn't make use of it.
    This could have been remedied with the use of a particular PL tone not to access the repeater, but rather to have the repeater report the PL tone to access the repeater.

    Then DMR hit the scene. Amateur Radio QSOs were now unable to be heard nor joined by hams that didn't have hundreds of dollars to buy a new radio just to do the same thing.

    Finally, there's the cold shoulder. My nephew earned his license, only to be bullied off the air by hostile hams.

  54. The powers that be love that the repeaters and bands are dead. That way they can hack up the bands and auction them to the highest bidder. There is already a rumor that ITU region 2 is going to have the 2 meter band heavily cut and given to aviation from 144 to 146 megacycles, in four years. Strangely, this rumor is met with even more band silence and idle repeaters. Maybe not many will miss 2 meters, where I reside. They are giving up without a fight, if the rumor is true. The entire 144 to 148 megacycles might as well be given to aviation if this is the response to the rumor. The amateur radio community seems not to care around here. 6 meters is just as quiet, desolate, and abandoned. The unlicensed Citizen's Band is a void of silence as well. I actually have a transceiver in my vehicle I put in in 1996. It has been void of activity since about 1999 but everything still works. If video killed the radio star. It seems it also killed radio.

  55. Here in Columbus Ohio it's normally crickets on the repeaters. Great video. It is interesting to see that it's not just where I live.

  56. All the repeaters in our area are open (no tones) analog and are somewhat busy especially on net nights. When travelling around the area other repeater owners have locked there machines down with codes or tones, crickets. Open your machines and quit hiding your investments , let the people speak.

  57. I can tell you where everyone is. All the younger and young guys are in other hobbies. For example look at videos of FPV Drones, RC monster trucks et al. The old guys have died off over the past 20 years and no one is replacing them.

  58. I here in socal using the PAPA repeater network and yes there is a lot of tribalism
    DMR vs D-star vs Fusion ect , every body thinks that there radio is the best mode.
    with this said , analog is my default mode . KISS HAM RADIO.

  59. In my area, there is a 10 VHF repeaters linked but still no chat! A nightly 10pm net occurs but only "Hi and Bye" check-ins. Also, check out https://qsl.net/cfara/ which is now dead.

    Ed – KB8QEU
    [email protected]

  60. Michael, I really appreciate your comments on this. I'm a brand new ham licensee, and I've had my first radio sitting and scanning all of the local repeaters, hoping to get an idea of what's out there. I've heard nothing on FM, and I don't even know which digital network I'm hearing when those come up. It's kind of disheartening to see all the intro videos saying to watch the repeaters and learn what's out there, when it's darn near impenetrable for me. Your comments at least help me with perspective, and give me some ideas what to do. Thanks!

  61. Here's an idea. Have ham nets where a new ham jointly operates the net as a guest with net control. Rotate the guest every net cycle, this way a voice is in the air, the "old timers" get to say hello. There's a great GMRS net that I participate in where a new recipe is read over the air every week. The guys seem to love it. It wouldn't violate FCC rules, might even get the better half interested. And if there's no newbies, use some of the other guys.

  62. I have had license for year and a half, gave up trying to get someone to talk. If they don't know you they don't talk! There are meetings to meet people but you should not have to go to a meeting!

  63. I just passed my Tech and General and eagerly checked for my call sign. After a week or so I finally had it and found a repeater the next day. 420’ up in the OBX, NC area. Lots of activity on 2M analog… initially random and then clicky friends. After watching a few videos on making initial calls I put my call sign out and got a response almost immediately. Told him it was first contact, nice call and then got another response from someone who wanted to be number two in my log. I’m very happy I had a good first experience and wish everyone could as well… makes it a lot more fun.

  64. Great video, here in Australia we have a group of linked 70cm FM repeaters that is connected to IRLP Reflector 9503 from memory and linking these repeaters over vast areas has certainly increased usage with the repeaters busy most of the day and into the evening.

  65. Okay, let’s consider the positives of ham radio. Connection, common interest, etc. I use analog, DMR, & EchoLink. I’m willing to talk w/anyone. 73, all

  66. A lot of people say that everybody is on DMR but DMR is no more active than analog is. I do like analog a lot and Digital mode is good too. I've not used fusion or D-star so can't comment on those.

  67. Face it! Ham radio is full of assholes. Elitist trailer park scum who, for the most part, belong on channel 19 on that other radio service. This is what happens when you lower the standard. Now you have cb tribes on our bands. Those old guys were right back in the late 80s and early 90s. I quit trying to talk on my local repeater when someone disagreeing with me ended with rape threats aimed at my 12 year old daughter. The hobby has gone to trash.

  68. One word, INTERNET. Yep, you have over 26K views. That could have been 26K conversations. Also, the novelty has worn off. Lots of time when I'm in the car I just want quiet or some music. Peoples interests have changed and moved on.

  69. Well, I am ever vigilant of the band opennings. I pay attention to the following map, http://aprs.mennolink.org/ I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wish that my fellow operator would do the same. SO MANY TIMES when I can get out well over 200 miles on VHF and UHF I call and call on repeaters and no one answers. Lots of people aree missing out on the fun. Robert, AC9JU

  70. Our local FM repeaters are dead. No one uses them anymore. I don't mean only a select few use them, I mean no one uses them.

    The few amateurs who remain on VHF/UHF have moved to the digital repeaters and Gateways or personal Hotspots. Purely due to the increase in contacts possible via internet linking.

    Every time I see a new article or video on a new amateur analogue only VHF/UHF transceiver, I wonder who is buying them, and why?!?

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