REPEATER ABUSE ADVICEIt is a sad fact of life that some persons appear to get their kicks from ruining Amateur Radio for others, especially when using repeaters.
This abuse can take the form of deliberate jamming, playing of music etc or even by stations making ingenious use of air time to deny others access while still staying generally within the terms of their own licence.
Unfortunately with an upsurge in abuse on many repeaters and the Emerging Technology Co-ordination Committee (ETCC) and Ofcom believe it is time not only to remind Repeater Keepers of their responsibilities in holding a repeater NoV but to also offer some advice in the management of abuse.
It is a fundamental requirement of their NoV that Keepers are responsible for monitoring the traffic passing through their repeater and taking appropriate action to prevent unsuitable content being transmitted. It is recognised that Keepers cannot do this continuously or to be in a position to take direct action against the offenders.
Contact should be made with your local ETCC Committee Member to discuss the actions available to you and to decide when further action by the authorities is appropriate. Members can advise on the methods that have been used successfully in other areas and on the keeping of suitable logs that will be of use in the future.
The Amateur Radio Observation Service (AROS) Coordinator runs the team of volunteer Observers and liaises with Ofcom's Enforcement Team.
What should you do when you encounter abuse?
Ofcom resources are directed primarily at Safety of Life services and as such it is incumbent on the Amateur community to do as much initial ‘detective work‘ as possible before escalation to Ofcom is considered.