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General Questions

What is the purpose of this Web site?

This Web site is a resource for amateur radio operators all around the world.

The site includes repeater and club information. Other topics of Ham interest include a stolen gear registry and EchoLink status database. Reasonable efforts are made to validate the data, but the quality of the information cannot be guaranteed. We depend on visitors to the site and local admins to gather and verify information.


Do I have to register?

No. You are free to browse this site without registering. However, when you register you will find that you have access to more features and automation, for example, you must register to create export files for programming software and to create print lists.

This is not a commercial Web site. Your information will never be sold or distributed to anyone.

Is there a fee to register?

No. Membership and use are free.

It does cost money to run a site like this. Your help is greatly appreciated. Your donations will help pay for server space, bandwidth, and programming.

Do I have to use a call sign to register?

Yes. This is an amateur radio web site and all regular users must have a call sign.

This is an open community. We use our call signs whenever we transmit on the air. Anyone can look us up and see who we are. Often, the radio operators who seek anonymity are jammers and trouble-makers, who are not welcome here.

There are those that are very interested in amateur radio, but do not yet have a call sign. You are absolutely welcome here. What you are primarily missing are features that really only work if you are licensed and have a radio to use.

The administrator reserves the right to reject or cancel memberships to this site at any time, with or without cause or notice.

Repeater Data

How does Repeaterbook obtain the repeater information on this site?

The information on this site is taken from commonly available resources. The Internet and other HAMs are our best sources.

We do not take information from sources like the ARRL's Repeater Directory. We have found that the information there tends to be stale. We do have many coordination councils that work with us directly and provide up to the minute information.

As visitors browse the site, they may find incomplete or incorrect information and submit it. The information is reviewed and any necessary changes are made.

Submitted updates are usually committed within 48 hours, but could take longer. The apps are typically updated every two weeks.

Everyone here is a volunteer, so please be patient with us. We appreciate your willingness to improve the data on the site.

Thinking about the larger picture…there really is no central database in the US that a repeater owner must report their repeater to. It is not even required to report a repeater to a local coordination authority. This can make getting data elusive. If the government ran a repeater registration system, there may be a central database, but it doesn't. Not like the FCC ULS for call sign information. Getting this data, especially accurate data, is quite the process. The more help we get, the better the data is.

How often is the online repeater database updated?

The repeater database is updated constantly, all day, every day.

How often are the Repeaterbook apps (Android, iPhone and Amazon) updated?

We update the apps about every two weeks.

How do you obtain accuracy within your listings?

We try not to claim accuracy and allow you to judge for yourself. It is extremely difficult to be 100% accurate all the time. Repeaters come and go and data sources and updates are limited. We depend on those with knowledge of the repeaters to submit the data. We also post who made the changes and what they changed so you can judge the accuracy yourself. obviously, timely updates from repeater owners and trustees would be considered the most trustworthy data.

We also obtain some data by watching coordination council web sites. However, some are better than others about sharing and updating information via the Web. We appreciate those councils that have taken a proactive role in assisting us with data gathering.

We also look for other sources of information beyond what is available through coordinating councils. We search the Web for repeater Web sites, contact repeater users and trustees directly, test repeaters, and rely on you to assist with information verification.

Why does your database seem to have more information than other databases?

When we obtain a repeater listing, we conduct a thorough search of the Internet for all available information on that repeater. Many times a repeater sponsor will post a lot of information on a Web site that is beneficial to the Ham community. We collect that data and provide it for you here.

As the owner or trustee of a repeater, why should I share my information with you?

We are attempting to build an open access and free database of useful information for all amateurs. The deployment of the information is designed to help those with a legitimate interest in amateur radio a reliable and central resource to gather repeater information. We do not require anyone to pay any fee for use of the site and openly seek accurate information. We believe this is in harmony with the concept of amateur radio as a service organization.

Beyond all of that, we believe that this site can assist travelers and new HAMs with the information they need to confidently enter the hobby in the area served. Travelers appreciate the ability to program reliable repeater data into their radios to increase the safety and pleasure of their trips. New HAMs appreciate a quick way to get the information they need to program their radios and start socializing. In this spirit, we hope that you will share your repeater information with us.

If you prefer not to allow other amateurs use of your repeater, simply request the repeater be listed as closed, as this is a sign to other HAMs that the repeater is not open to general use.

Many repeater owners want their repeaters to be used. Listing your repeater on this site allows us to advertise the presence, features, and capabilities of your repeater for you.

As the owner of a closed or private system, will you completely remove my repeater's listing?

We are glad to list your repeater as closed or private and even provide a note in the comments field alerting potential users to this fact. We will also subdue the PL tone, exact coordinates, access codes, and features. However, if your intent is to “hide” your repeater from the would-be jammer, removing the listing from this database is not likely to accomplish this. There are several other publications, both Web and print, that display closed and private repeaters. Removing the entry from this database does not remove it from the Web.

There are a couple of reasons why we hesitate to outright remove a listing from the database. One of those is because we provide a service to repeater owners. For potential repeater owners looking for a frequency, it is handy to know that a frequency is already in use. If there are repeater interference issues, a listing on this site provides an easy method to locate the potential source of the interference so that a remedy can be applied.

We also believe with the advent of fast-scan radios and PL search, that there is no way to “hide” a repeater on the ham bands. Finding a repeater in the wild that is not listed on this site just makes other's curious. If you are attempting to avoid a jammer that preys on private systems, the more you try to hide, the more determined a jammer becomes and the more satisfaction he feels in his accomplishment. We believe the alternative approach of 'nothing to hide and nothing to fear' is a more effective way of quelling the competitive nature of a jammer.

Some owners of repeaters are concerned when they request that the repeater coordination authority for their repeater not publish information about their repeater yet is appears on RepeaterBook. We can assure you that your coordination authority is not the one to blame.

Please don't insult us by requesting that we remove the information if you post it on your own Web site. It's amazing, but that has happened!

As the owner or trustee of I repeater, how can I request the information on my repeater be changed, obscured, or removed?

Many Hams that work on the RepeaterBook project are repeater owners themselves, so we understand that owners have varying comfort levels regarding the amount of information that is publicly available about their machines. As a courtesy, we are happy to obscure the micro landmark location, PL tone, GPS coordinates, features, and functions of your repeater.

However, we will not obscure the frequency, city (or nearest city), county, or state the repeater resides in. We will publish the known operational status of the repeater, usage rights, contact e-mail, and Web site of the repeater if it was obtained from publicly available sources.

Occasionally, we receive some demanding and rude requests from repeater owners ordering the site to obscure more information than the site policy permits. The U.S. Constitution safeguards the first amendment right to publish this data on the Internet, along with exact coordinates of repeaters and PL tones, which trumps a repeater's “right” to privacy as a repeater site has no right to privacy. Furthermore, amateur radio repeaters reside on publicly available radio spectrum and no frequency is licensed to any person for exclusive use. The general public, and certainly the amateur radio community, has a right to know that a repeater is operating on a given frequency, even though usage of said repeater by the owner/trustee is prohibited.

Try pleading, begging, or a simple please and we will be more willing to work with you! Requests phrased any other way may be ignored.

Do you list GMRS repeaters?

No, we do not. We thought about this carefully and even started building out an interface for it.

What we found is that GMRS owners often times do not have the same goals as amateur radio repeater owners. Many GMRS owners create small radio networks to operate farms or for family use and do not want outsiders on their systems. They also want to lock down all listings of their repeaters so only they can modify them.

This does not follow the model. Furthermore, there seems to be other resources available that offer this service. Though not as robust and built out, their services seem to be adequate for that community. will continue to focus on the amateur radio community.


Do you need help with the site?

Absolutely. Every aspect of this Website needs your help to be the best. We need site admins in several states to collect and maintain data. We need users to contribute information.

Whether you are an admin or not, please add and/or correct any information you see on the site. It is especially easy to add or edit repeaters.

What if I found an inaccurate listing or I know of a repeater listing you don't have?

Great! Send us the information. Share it with everyone. The only way to make this site the most complete and up-to-date site on repeaters, nets, and clubs on the Web is for users to send us updated information.

We want the same thing everyone else wants…an accurate database to locate repeaters with. We try to do what we can to gather and validate information, but this is very hard. We welcome clean data from our users, but please be aware that the data we post cannot be guaranteed. We are sorry for that.

We also will not purchase information from sources who would seek to sell it to us for profit. This is a free site and we simply can't afford to purchase data from local coordination councils.

As a note, it is somewhat baffling to us when we see the occasional post on a forum somewhere about Repeaterbook listings not being accurate or missing your favorite repeater. It probably took more time to rant about that then it would have to simply send us the update. Some areas are extremely accurate and others not so much. This is directly proportional to the enthusiasm of the hams in that area to contribute to the site.

For the number of posts that we see complaining about the data, there are 10 more that rave about it.

How do I submit a repeater to the database?

First, conduct a search for the repeater in the database through the state or province it should be located in. If the search results do not include the repeater, select the 'New Repeater' link in the blue menu bar near the top of the page.

A notification of the request will add the repeater to the database. You will be notified when this happens. Most of the time, updates are completed within 48 hours.

What are the responsibilities of an admin (moderator)?

Admins are assigned a state or province and they are generally responsible for the database information pertaining to that area. They will conduct research to locate repeaters and update information, handle requests from site visitors, and review submissions.

Admins must be Ham radio operators with some knowledge of repeater operation (repeater owners preferred), some affinity to some basic web programming and attention to detail.

The time commitment is not very high. There is some front-end work getting the data entered and updated, but ongoing maintenance is low. The typical admin can spend just 15 minutes per week handling requests and doing some light research. Occasionally, more time is required for the bi-annual data reviews.

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