|Feb 5th, 18:33|
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Our local Emergency Management Office has set up a multi-county repeater linking system. It depends on repeaters in each county that can be linked together in an emergency.
VHF repeater pairs are hard to come by. In one county there are no pairs available for us to use. There are repeater pairs coordinated to individuals who do not have repeaters on the air. In particular, one repeater has been allocated to an individual who has been a silent key for some time. Our repeater coordinator has decided the allocation can be passed to the widow, who also has no repeater on the air and likely has no intention of doing so.
There were many cases in our area where individuals applied for repeater pairs and were granted them but have not put up any repeaters, they are just hording the pairs.
I realize coordination is voluntary and without it there would be total chaios on the air but there must be somethign to keep people from squatting on repeater pairs with no intention of using them or saying "they might put up a repeater some day".
No we can't go UHF because we have already purchased and installed the hardware.
(P.S. the FCC could care less)