CARA Repeater Operation Rules


The Culpeper Amateur Radio Association (CARA) maintains and operates high-quality, wide-coverage repeaters for the use of all amateur radio operators. Operation and use of these repeaters shall comply fully with the Amateur Radio Service (Part 97) regulations of the Federal Communications Commission and the following rules of the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association:

  1. The repeaters are provided for the purposes of contacting and passing information between fellow amateur radio operators, and providing service to the public as a voluntary, noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

  2. In the spirit of the Amateur Radio Service, users shall respect and support each other in a courteous and positive manner.

  3. Operators shall announce their call sign before transmitting any communication including digital communication such as P25 or C4FM, at the end of each communication, and every ten minutes or less during a communication.

  4. There shall be absolutely no communications containing obscene, indecent, or profane words, language, or meaning.  Discussion of political or potentially sensitive social issues shall be avoided.

  5. No one shall cause or condone the malicious or intentional interference of anyone´s communications on the repeaters. 

  6. Operators shall not communicate with, or discuss the actions of, anyone who violates these rules, but should report those violations to any member of the CARA Board of Directors.

  7. Control Operators are required to turn off a repeater to terminate improper operation or use.

  8. The CARA Board of Directors reserves the right to forbid the use of the repeaters by anyone who repeatedly violates these rules, or anyone who facilitates or encourages others to violate these rules.

  9. Conversational topics are not to include the following:

    1. Racial or ethnic remarks.

    2. Religious discussions, testimonies or devotional material and topics

    3. Unidentified transmissions.

    4. Profanity, vulgar or obscene language.

    5. Political topics.

    6. Conducting compensated business on the repeater frequency (97.113a3)

    7. Sexual topics or innuendo.

    8. Rebroadcast of any signal is not allowed. This includes rebroadcast of musical material, rebroadcast of any amateur radio transmissions from any band or rebroadcast of any materials form electronic or mechanical sources, (i.e. Internet web pages content, newspaper media and equipment sales advertisements)