K-Link Repeater Use Policy
FCC Part 97.205 (e) states “limiting the use of a repeater to only certain user stations is permissible.”
There is no rule which requires a repeater owner or trustee to let everyone use it. Those who do not follow FCC rules and the rules set forth in the K-Link Use Policy will be warned or banned from using K-Link and may be subject to FCC enforcement action.
When banned or warned, individuals are NOT authorized to use Any K-Link Repeater, Simplex Node, IRLP Node, EchoLink Node, VoIP, Connection, or any other type of connection to the K-Link Repeater Network.
As a valid user you are advised not to hold a QSO or acknowledge anyone banned from K-Link. We also ask that you do not acknowledge any individuals jamming the system. The system is fully monitored by many sources and control operators and all operations are recorded and archived. Please do report any suspicious activity to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Listing of Banned or warned individuals:
- Jason Leiker (bootlegging WA0KUN or any other callsign) (Banned)
- KD0WEC – Jeffry Watts (Banned)
DEALING WITH A STUCK MIC OR JAMMER
This section provides guidance on how to handle a situation where a repeater user has a stuck mic (PTT stuck on) on one of the K-Link Repeaters. It is important to deal with this problem as soon as possible since each repeater serves an important area and purpose, and having a user’s radio stuck in transmit for a long time will render that repeater unusable for the duration of the problem.
Keep in mind that all of the repeaters and links have time-out timers set at three (3) minutes, at which time the directly affected transmitter path will go offline until the problem clears. This helps to ensure that the problem remains localized to one repeater/link.
Situation 1: A user has a stuck PTT that is solidly on (not intermittent).
1) The user’s radio is stuck in transmit mode and thus CANNOT receive on whatever band/frequency they are transmitting on. Do NOT key up or try telling them “they have a stuck mic”. They won’t hear you. Doing this risks resetting the time-out timers on the links and repeaters which will defeat their purpose.
2) Check the input frequency (reverse) of the repeater you are listening to and see if you hear the user’s signal on the input. You should be aware, however, that on the 70 cm band you might actually be hearing the link transmitter from a neighboring repeater. If you have direction-finding capability you can pinpoint the direction the signal is coming from, and at least tell which linked repeater it is coming from. If you hear the culprit’s signal on the input of a 2 meter repeater, then you are hearing their signal DIRECTLY. (We don’t link on 2 meters.)
3) Listen closely and see if you can identify voices or sounds in the background. If you recognize somebody’s voice, try to contact them via telephone or e-mail and inform them of the problem. If necessary/possible, have somebody go to their residence/location and inform them.
4) In some cases, you might hear audio from the sub-band of the radio that is stuck in transmit. If you can identify what frequency the culprit’s sub-band is tuned to, or hear a repeater ID, you can try contacting them on that frequency or at least make a statement advising that somebody has a stuck mic.
5) Assuming the culprit’s radio does not have a time-out timer, at some point the affected repeater/link will time out. Usually, some or all of the repeaters will time-out and then ten seconds later the unaffected repeaters will bounce back into service. The affected repeater will remain off-the-air. This gives you an opportunity to check if any of the repeaters in your area are down.
6) If you can determine which repeater is directly affected by the culprit, you can begin direction-finding to locate them, and use e-mail or telephone to start a call-out tree to get the word out to as many of the local users as you can. Make sure that the repeater owner/trustees are aware of the problem immediately. Try to involve enough people so that the problem can be resolved quickly. Hams usually want to go on a “foxhunt” to practice direction-finding skills. Well, here is your chance.
Situation 2: A user has an intermittently stuck PTT
This is the most common occurrence, and is almost always the result of the operator of a mobile station laying a microphone or handheld in the seat next to them. Troubleshooting steps are similar to above, except that the intermittent nature of these transmissions allows an opportunity for people listening to quickly jump in and ask everybody to check their microphones. During the break between transmissions, try asking people to check for a stuck mic. If the problem persists, then continue working the problem as outlined above.
If you are familiar with the repeater courtesy tones, and if the transmissions are intermittent, you can tell by the courtesy tone whether the signal is coming in on your local repeater or from the link. Lower pitch courtesy tones are the local repeater, higher tones are from the link.
Intermittent transmissions will likely not time-out the repeater since the timers reset during the courtesy tone. Try to get assistance locating the problem by contacting other hams and the repeater control operator(s).
Another important point is that nearly all modern amateur and commercial radios have a built-in Time-out timer (Carrier Control Timer, etc.) You can do everybody a huge favor and MAKE SURE the time-out timer on your radios are enabled for NO MORE THAN 3 minutes (shorter would be preferred). Most of these radios emit a tone from the speaker to alert you that the timer has expired. You should also mount the microphone hanger in a place that keeps the PTT from being keyed, and USE IT. Never lay your microphone in the seat, on the floor, or anyplace it can be accidentally keyed. Laying a microphone in the seat of a car is the cause of 99.9% of all stuck mics. You may think it will never happen to you. Well, it can and it will, so take necessary precautions against it.