Repeater Rules and Policies
RATS was founded with a purpose of providing "unlimited access to a fully open repeater 24 hours a day." Over 47 years later, RATS is still working hard to provide a quality repeater system for our members and the agencies who rely on our infrastructure. In the spirit of open access, RATS welcomes all properly licensed amateurs wishing to use our systems, provided a few basic guidelines are followed:
We highly recommend giving this repeater etiquette guide a read.
RATS has always been pretty open-minded about the use of the repeaters. We prefer users shy away from controversial topics -- politics in particular. (We can recommend a couple of popular HF frequencies if you'd like to stir a pot.) Otherwise, keep the language appropriate, be mindful of others, and share the airspace.
If you or your organization wish to use the repeater for a net, special event, or other activity on a one-off or recurring basis, please contact the Board and/or trustee. One-off use for a special event is generally not an issue; we mostly want to know so we don't plan system maintenance or another event at the same time. This also allows us to keep you up to date on any system performance issues that might impact your activities.
Like your amateur license, use of the RATS repeater systems is a privilege, not a right. The RATS Board or the repeater trustee may prohibit any station from using the repeaters or other club systems at any time. Illegal, inappropriate, abusive, or discourteous behavior will not be tolerated.