Before you spend money for a worthless out dated printed repeater directory from any source, start with the lists found on the web sites listed below.
Please note that the 443 repeater system that is listed in the ARRL repeater directories prior to the 2002-2203 edition as Deal, Monmouth county, which is actually located in the Township of Ocean has been sold by the Ocean-Monmouth ARC (OMARC) to AERIALS, Inc.
AERIALS was founded by N2CKH, K2DE, N2IHN, KE2SO, W2UG and N2YMO, with VE3IFS later replacing N2YMO to maintain and enhance the 443 repeater system for the benefit of the Amateur community that it serves.
AERIALS is about Amateur Radio Experimentation, Repeaters, Internet and Linking.
Click here to learn more about AERIALS.
Ron, N2FFL's wonderful Working Repeater/URL List
ARCC coordination list by location
ARCC coordination list by frequency
MetroCor old TSARC lists by frequency
HamRepeaters.Com list, many errors.
Artsci Publishing Repeater Database NJ list, many errors.
Central NJ Repeater Tips:
1. Not all repeaters are coordinated and thus not listed on all or in some cases any list and some are so new you will not find them either. Also, many many lists are way outdated, so even though a frequency pair may be on the list that you hear, the information may be wrong. As the ARRL repeater directory is only published once a year, when the data published is correct, it is not timely. Today the Internet is the way to go for this information.
2. Most but not all repeaters in the area are on PL (CTCSS) access all the time these days on most all VHF/UHF bands, this is especially true on 2 meters and 70cm. Also, many do NOT retransmit a clean PL tone (filtering out the recieve PL tone) from the repeater if they do so at all. So full encode/decode CTCSS may not work reliably on all repeaters as the PL on the transmit of the repeater is the PL coming from the current user making it back on the repeater transmitter. This also precludes the automatic PL identification feature from working well in the newer radios. Also, although rare, some systems use different encode vs. decode tones or multiple PL tones. My N2CKH systems will support multiple PL tones, Digitial PL (Digital Coded Squelch) and mixed modes.
3. The most common PL tones used in the CNJ area are: 127.3hz, 131.8hz, 136.5hz, 141.3hz and 151.4hz due to these
being the most common tones in surplus commercial radio equipments on the local used market. There are some
systems for whatever reason that have picked tones on the low or high end that are just out of the norm, see
the lists. Also, some systems for various reasons change their PL tones now and then. The common break down is:
6m - 131.8hz used most, with 136.5hz next
2m - 127.3hz used most, with 151.4hz next
220 - 131.8hz used most, with 156.7hz next
70cm - 141.3hz used most, with 131.8hz next
This chart shows each standard PL tone two-character alphanumeric designator and corresponding tone frequency in Hertz (hz).
XZ 67.0 1B 107.2 6A 173.8 WZ 69.3 2Z 110.9 6B 179.9 XA 71.9 2A 114.8 7Z 186.2 WA 74.4 2B 118.8 7A 192.8 XB 77.0 3Z 123.0 M1 203.5 WB 79.7 3A 127.3 8Z 206.5 YZ 82.5 3B 131.8 M2 210.7 YA 85.4 4Z 136.5 M3 218.1 YB 88.5 4A 141.3 M4 225.7 ZZ 91.5 4B 146.2 9Z 229.1 ZA 94.8 5Z 151.4 M5 233.6 ZB 97.4 5A 156.7 M6 241.8 1Z 100.0 5B 162.2 M7 250.3 1A 103.5 6Z 167.9 0Z 254.1
4. There is almost no use of Digital Coded Squelch (DCS) in amateur repeaters for normal system access in the NJ area. However, beginning with the N2CKH/R 447.925 repeater in Lakewood and following through on all N2CKH repeaters, DCS/DPL will be utilized. The primary code will be 031 with 315 used for intercom mode.
5. Most repeaters in the area use standard offsets of -1Mhz on 6m, -600Khz below 147Mhz and +600Khz above on 2m, -1.6Mhz on 220 and +5Mhz on 70cm. However there is plenty of diviation as noted on the frequency lists. We have almost no cross band FM voice repeaters in the area.
6. We seem to have about a 50/50 split of club sponsered vs. individual owner/owners operated systems in the area. However, almost all the repeaters welcome all licensed users. The club sponsered systems reserve certain features such as autopatch and others for dues paying members and should you make regular use of the systems would appreciate your joining or at least making a donation to the club. The owner/owners operated systems would very much welcome any donations of money or equipment as well and could probably use it much more than a club sponsored system.
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