Good Amateur operating
practices are always encouraged. Whenever you access the Carolina
440 UHF Link System please remember to pause a moment between transmissions
to allow others to join your conversation or to pass Emergency Traffic. This practice is
particularly important when accessing other repeater systems via the IRLP since
some additional "turnaround" time is frequently required.
Try not to use 11 meter lingo when talking on the system and speak normally.
Donít say, "Thanks for
the comeback" (use thanks for the call/answer).
say, "I hear that", "roger that",
"roger-roger" or "QSL" in
response to every transmission/comment.
Donít say your, or the
other personís, call sign every transmission (only your call is required
once every 10 minutes).
Donít just kerchunk the
repeater without saying your call (at least on the second kerchunk).
repeaters are on the system and if kerchunking is happening we wonder if
interference may be present. Please just say your call sign and that you
Try not to shout into your
Key the microphone for at
least two seconds before talking to give rise time for link relays and PL
tones to function in addition to a VoIP link.
Donít break in on an
ongoing conversation unless you know who all is in it, and you have something
meaningful to contribute. Be courteous.
When in a conversation with more than
two people involved, turn it over to someone by name (go ahead Jim) This will
When you sign clear, turn it
over to someone by name or call (donít just sign clear because no one knows
who should pick up in a group).
Use a mike hanger in your
vehicle to avoid sitting on the microphone and inadvertently keying up the
system with people all over listening to your conversation.
If you have an HF/VHF/UHF (such as the ICOM Mark II G) radio please assure that your microphone gain is adjusted to the proper level for FM deviation. Some models do not change when you are on side band HF and you change to FM. A deviation above 5 Khz will be distorted, loud and muffled.
If your radio has a TOT (Time Out Timer) please get your manual out and learn how to set it on 3 minutes or less.
Amendments may be added as needed.