Repeater Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) implemented by N4FV Trustee of W4WC
Effective October 30th, 2017
The Andrew Johnson ARC, acting through its designated Trustee and officers will have the final say on any repeater systems operation and/or user access, as allowed by the FCC. This Policy may be reviewed periodically and revised. Users are responsible for reading, understanding, and adhering to this Policy. Conduct on the repeaters will be governed by this Acceptable Use Policy. Questions may be sent to the Trustee email@example.com or Club President firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amateur Radio Operators are required to be “self-policing”. Each user is expected to do this in two ways – by ensuring that their own conduct of operations is above reproach, and also exhorting and challenging other operators to use their best practice on the air.
FCC Regulation 97.101(a) provides: “In all respects not specifically covered by FCC Rules each amateur station must be operated in accordance with good engineering and good amateur practice. Section 97.103(a) provides “The station licensee is responsible for the proper operation in accordance with the FCC Rules.” The ARRL booklet FCC Rules and Regulation for the Amateur Radio, 2014 edition, explains this Rule :
”These simple sentences underscore the responsibility of each operator to use good judgment and common sense when pursuing their interests. It means each licensee must continue to learn how stations interact properly, cooperate with fellow amateurs and treat each operator on the air with respect.”
In addition, the ARRL book provides, at page 14, “[A] repeater owner or trustee may set more stringent standards for the use of their repeater[s] …than required by the FCC.”
Those standards can be defined in any way the trustee/owner/chooses.
Repeater users should always remember that other members of the general public can monitor repeaters for any reason. If those people would be offended by the users language or conduct on a repeater, that language or conduct is objectionable.
The FCC Rules also requires that each repeater trustee/owner has the responsibility to require that each repeater it owns is properly used. This is accomplished by the actions of the W4WC’s Trustee (acting as a control operator) and designated control operators. FCC Rule 97.105 provides: “The control operator must insure the immediate proper operation of the station, regardless of the type of control.”
The Regulations allow the trustee/owner/control operator of an amateur radio repeater to ban certain amateur radio users from using their repeaters when an amateur radio user’s conduct becomes unacceptable to the trustee/owner/control operator. Rule Section 97.205(e) states, in part: “Limiting the use of a repeater to only certain users is permissible.” There is no FCC Regulation that requires a repeater trustee/owner/control operator to allow use by any holder of an amateur license. Thus, if the trustee/owner/control operator of an amateur radio repeater determines that a user of that repeater exhibits objectionable conduct, the trustee/owner/control operator has every right to revoke the privilege of such user to use the repeater. In practice, an offending user can be banned from using a whole repeater system affiliated with multiple licensees upon notification.