Rules Governing CARC Repeaters


Rules Governing Use of Chelsea Amateur Radio Club WD8IEL Analog/C4FM Repeaters

      Chelsea Repeater                                            Manchester Repeater

Downlink:            145.450 MHz                 Downlink:             146.980 MHz         
Uplink:                  144.850 MHz                Uplink:                  146.380 MHz
Offset:                   -0.6 MHz                       Offset:                   -0.6 MHz
PL Tone:                100 Hz                          PL Tone:                100 Hz

All FCC regulations will be followed, including:

  • All licensed operators are encouraged to use the repeaters.
  • Operators will yield to emergency communications.
  • ID with your complete call sign every 10 minutes and your final transmission must include your complete call sign.
  • No political comments or discussion.
  • No profanity of any type.
  • No music during transmissions. Please turn your car radio down.

Chelsea Amateur Radio Club Repeater rules:

  • During all QSOs, leave a 3-second space after the courtesy tone so that others may break in for emergency use or to make a contact.
  • During extended QSOs, you are encouraged to yield to others needing the frequency. Periodically pause and inquire if any others need to use the repeater.
  • There is currently no maximum time limit if this rule is followed.
  • Avoid a stuck microphone. Place your mic where it is secure from accidental transmission.
  • No kerchunking allowed. Always announce yourself as testing, with your call sign. Otherwise, we might think there is something wrong with the repeater.
  • Do not key up and try to use the repeater if a QSO is taking place on a different repeater mode. Example: If a party is holding a QSO in C4FM mode, wait for their QSO to complete before keying the repeater up in Analog mode.
  • Just like in Analog mode, if you are holding a QSO in digital mode, please move your QSO to a simplex digital channel if your QSO will be a long one.  Please be aware of others using the repeater.

Repeater Etiquette

The following information is a simple guide to courteous operation on repeaters. If you operate using these simple guidelines, you will make it more enjoyable for everyone operating on repeaters, and you will also set a good example for others.  It never hurts to review the guidelines (and new hams may not be familiar with these guidelines) to make sure you are being a responsible amateur radio operator. Remember, repeaters are a public service, and general courtesy is expected of all amateur radio operators.

  • Take the time to listen to a repeater before you talk.
  • Do not monopolize the repeater. Simplex may be more appropriate for lengthy conversations.  Keep in mind that repeaters are a shared resource and are to be available to a large community of users. A good operating practice is to use simplex for long conversations (rag chewing) if possible.
  • Transmit your call sign when you first come on the air.  Make sure you ID once every 10 minutes, but there is no need to identify too often. (47CFR § 97.119.a)
  • Our repeaters normally have a 3 minute “timeout” setting. The 3-minute length is meant as a maximum length, not a suggested length. It is considered good etiquette to keep your transmission length shorter than this.
  • Some topics are like land mines – Religion, Politics, Sex, etc. Do not discuss these subjects over the air! It can be more interesting than discussing what you ate for lunch last Wednesday, or the weather conditions you experienced two days ago, or how bad your bunions are troubling you, but “land mine” conversations can sometimes descend into a shouting match and can cause people to become upset (even those listening and not part of the conversation). 
  • Do not belittle, berate, defame or speak ill of others….period. This includes individuals, groups, nations, aspect of the hobby, etc. Using words such as idiot, stupid, hate monger, etc. in reference to any person, entity or group should not be tolerated. 
  • Even ‘mild’ obscenities are not good operating practice.  This includes suggestive phrases, and suggestive phonetics. (47 CFR §97.113.a.4)
  • Do not inject a comment into a conversation without saying your call sign.  Part 97 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which governs our operations as amateur radio operators, requires that you identify with your callsign. (47 CFR § 97.119.a) Transmitting comments without identifying yourself is prohibited.  Interrupting is no more polite on the radio than in the real world.
  • Give a pause before keying the mic and speaking. Don’t start speaking as you key the mic.  Repeaters have a short delay before transmitting.  If you start speaking too soon, your first few words may not be heard.  Make sure you have finished speaking before you un-key the mic.
  • Pause periodically to see if anyone else would either like to join the conversation or use the repeater for a quick call that is not part of the ongoing conversation.
  • When identifying, please say your call sign slowly and clearly. Call signs that are rattled off too fast can make the call sign totally unintelligible.
  • Don’t forget that the FCC prohibits the transmission or retransmission of music (and almost anything else that is received over the airwaves; for specifics, see  (47 CFR § 97.113.a.4). If you have a radio turned on (this is especially common for many mobile stations), make sure that it’s turned down before you transmit.
  • When using “comment” or “break” to be recognized and you are acknowledged by net control or the folks using the frequency, then be sure to identify with your call sign.

EchoLink Usage

EchoLink allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to connect to one another over the Internet. You can use EchoLink to connect your station (or your computer) over the Internet to the Manchester Repeater to carry on a voice QSO with others using the repeater.

All are welcome to connect and use EchoLink. Using EchoLink will allow users to connect to the Manchester repeater and chat with others even if they are out of RF range of the repeater since EchoLink uses VoIP technology.

The Echolink node connected to the Manchester repeater is configured as a closed system. This means you will need to send an email and request to be added to our EchoLink node whitelist which grants users access to use the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club (CARC) EchoLink node. Using this whitelist allows the CARC to secure our repeaters from drive-byes and misuse.

If you wish to be added to our Echolink whitelist, please send an email to requesting access.  In the subject line of the email include the words “EchoLink Whitelist Request for (Place your Callsign Here)”. Please allow up to 24 hours for your request to be completed.

To use EchoLink, launch the EchoLink app using your cellphone or computer. The node name you want to connect to is called “WD8IEL-R”. The same repeater rules apply to all Echolink users.

AllStar and HamShack Hotline

All are welcome to connect to the Manchester repeater using AllStar or HamShack Hotlink. Please use below Node and Extension numbers. The same repeater rules apply to all AllStar and HamShack Hotline users.

ALLStar                                   Node = 53113

HamShack Hotline                  Ext. = 94055

Wires-X Node

Manchester Wires-X Transceiver

Simplex Frequency:                433.500 MHz
Mode:                                      C4FM

WIRES (Wide-coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) is an Internet communication system which expands the range of amateur radio communication. … WIRES-X automatically connects to nodes and rooms via the Internet. No more need to verify connection IDs or transmit cumbersome DTMF connection codes.

When a user connects to our WIRES-X radio, they are placed in a community space “room” where multiple nodes can connect at the same time. This room is called the “MICHIGAN-LINK” room. From this room, a user can connect to any world-wide WIRES-X room they wish. When you are finished, please return back to our MICHIGAN-LINK room before disconnecting. The CARC MICHIGAN-LINK room number is 21762.