Repeaters

A repeater is a two-way radio system that receives on one frequency, and then re-transmits what it receives on another frequency; at exactly the same time.

Your mobile or hand held transceiver, has a limited range due to its antenna height with respect to the radio horizon and rf attenuating surroundings.  Repeater systems are used to “transfer” your transmitted and received signals to much higher levels electronically using large, very efficient high gain antennas, low loss feed lines and a transmitter and receiver that is rated for heavy or continuous duty. A repeater “gets out” your signal and receives the station you are talking to with a far greater range and coverage area! You take advantage of the repeater’s higher elevation to increase your effective transmitting and receiving coverage versus your mobile or hand held transceiver!

 

Local Area Repeaters

Information provided on this page is done as a courtesy to the Amateur Radio community.  BCARC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information listed here.  BCARC has not verified any information provided to the group by others for the purpose of this listing.  Some of this information may be out of date.  Please email us if you have any corrections, additions or deletions of information.

Lists of local repeaters are given below.  They are listed by bands to save having to scroll so much to find the band of interest. The North Idaho Repeater map is in PDF format as it did not transfer well to Word format.  It is my understanding this is currently being revised.  I will update it as I receive updates.

Repeaters in North Idaho- 6M

Repeaters in North Idaho – 2M

Repeaters in North Idaho – 1.25M

Repeaters in North Idaho-cm Bands

North Idaho Repeater Map in PDF format

(Note from Dan Rund KE0KPO regarding repeater map:  There are several updates on this version, Including a major change to the simplex frequencies (Channels 1-7) and Local Emerg Frequencies based on some information obtained from the Bonner CO Frequency Coordinator, Mark Earls.  If you know him personally thank him for this information.   The Simplex updates should help keep your radio to radio off of Frequencies used by different organizations and ARES training and Emerg Services. They are identified in other sections of the chart.  I’ve also included a quick checklist to assist in manually programming repeaters into a Baofeng in the center of the map page.  I am attaching a Bonner and Boundary CO version of the Frequency Chart to print on the backside of the map.  The map portion can be used with either one.  Note: The only difference between the two county charts is that the ARES Channel 40  and Public Service Frequencies (Channels 57-68) are unique to the specific county.   I’ve also enclosed a (.csv) file for each county for use in programming your radios if you want to match them to these charts.  Get with me if you want a CHIRP file for programming a Baofeng, Yaesu FT-60, or Retevis RT95.)  {The .cvs (Excel) file was incoporated into the PDF, if you need it in cvs format advise and I will email it to you. GHW}

Amateur Radio Band Plans

IARU – Region 2 Band Plan PDF

ARRL – US Amateur Band Plan

ARRL – US Amateur Band Color Chart PDF

Propagation beacon frequencies are listed for listening for DX propagation conditions.  Satellite frequencies are listed for listening to voices and digital signals from space.

 Bonner County Linked Repeater System

BCARC with the cooperation of several independent repeater owners have linked their systems together to create a common expanded coverage area around Bonner County. Our goal is to build a county wide amateur communications system to support the communities throughout Bonner County in a natural disaster or other emergency situation and that can be accessed with low power radios, such as a 5 watt handheld, from anywhere in the county. These are the current locations in the linked system:

Please allow time when keying the mic to allow “ALL” repeaters that are linked to start before talking or listeners will not hear the first part of what you say.

The K7JEP HooDoo Mtn VHF repeater – Receive: 145.490MHz (minus offset) Transmit: 144.890MHz/136.5Hz tone.
The North Idaho Repeater Group member repeaters.  CLICK HERE to go to their website.
In the event of an Emergency, we will also use 145.600 simplex with no tones.

We wish to thank the individual repeater owners for their cooperation with linking!   Coverage locations may change as new agreements are made with individual repeater owners.

Linked Repeater Systems: AllStar – Echolink – IRLP

Use good courtesy practices:

Use of any of these linked systems is done by DTMF control codes using your microphone key pad. Each system has a common set of commands but each individual control operator has the right to customize these codes for their node.
Before using any linked system, please check with the local nodes control operator for any special instructions, requirements and to get a list of the DTMF command codes specific to that node.
When using these control commands be sure to give your call sign either before or after sending the DTMF code. Please no un-id’d kerchunking!

When connecting to another node it is a general courtesy to give your call sign after you hear the connection confirmation by the repeater so users on the node being connected to know who just joined them. If you immediately hear a conversation in progress when connected, please wait until the conversation is done before giving your call sign.

When connecting to another node or hub to make a contact with a friend or to listen to a net, it is a courtesy to users of both nodes to disconnect the link when you are done and not leave the connection up.
Remember courtesy is everything. Many hubs will have from a few connections to a few dozen up to a few hundred connections at any time. That is a lot of people listening.

Also keep in mind the time differences of the distant areas you might connect to. Even though it might only be late afternoon where you are, it might be 2 a.m. where that distant node is.

A few nodes are listed in the repeater tables below. Please check the individual node lists for AllStar, Echolink and IRLP as the active nodes change frequently.

 

AllStar Link

AllStar Link is an amateur radio voice over internet protocol linking system that can be accessed through a repeater or through the AllStar Link web site.   AllStar Link Network is the newest of the 3 major linked systems and is growing by leaps and bounds.   More information about the AllStar Link system is available by CLICK HERE.

A list of currently active AllStar Link nodes is available by CLICK HERE.   Clicking on a node link on that page will display that nodes statistics including who they are connected to at that time.

Some Common AllStar DTMF Commands: (All command DTMF code sequences begin with the asterisk “*” character)

*70     Status of which nodes are connected to the local node.

*3(node #)     Connect to node #.

*1(node #)     Disconnect from node #.

*81(node #)     Play node system time.

Echolink

Echolink is an amateur radio voice over internet protocol linking system that can be accessed through a repeater or on your smart phone or home computer with a microphone. More information about the Echolink system is available by CLICK HERE.

A list of currently active Echolink nodes is available by CLICK HERE.

You can get the current status of Echolink nodes by CLICK HERE.

IRLP

IRLP is an amateur radio voice over internet protocol linking system that can be accessed only through a repeater.   IRLP is not available using a smart phone or computer directly through the internet.   More information about the IRLP system is available by CLICK HERE.

A list of currently active IRLP nodes is available by CLICK HERE.

You can get the current status of IRLP reflectors and nodes by CLICK HERE.