The Pitt County Repeater Association is open to any Amateur Radio Operator. We ask that you make a $20 donation per year to help cover the operational cost of the repeaters. With your membership we will provide codes for linking and other features of the repeater. It has always been the Ham code that if you support your local repeater that you are welcome to use other repeaters in the area.
How do I become a member?
To become a member please see one of the Board of Trustees to pay your membership ($20) or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page. We will be working on our 501c3 status soon and hope to have this completed in 2016.
Where does my donation go?
The current location of the repeaters requires us to have a Million dollars of liability insurance to stay at their current location. The current cost is $200 a year for the insurance. The cost for internet for the DMR repeater is $120 yearly which Macon has been covering. From time to time we have equipment failures that can be expensive. The 145.350 repeater failed a few years back and due to the age of the repeater it was deemed not repairable. Due to a lack of funding we were able to borrow a repeater from the Columbia Repeater Association until funding can be obtained. The current cost of a replacement repeater is around $1000.
We have also sustained damage to the controller due to lighting strikes and al of our spare controller cards have been used. The cost to repair/replace them is around $300 per card.
Do I have to be a member to use the repeaters?
We allow all licensed radio operators to use our repeaters without membership. Membership directly impacts our ability to maintain the repeaters and make necessary upgrades and repairs.
If you have any other questions please contact us with them. We will be happy to answer them!