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why is it that the gmrs repeater owners can be hotheaded and mute someone that is new to the service and just want to be able to have someone to talk to but then when you try to program your radio the moderators feel like you are annoying and mute you so you dont know if your radio is programmed right or not 

this is supposed to be a service that anyone can use 

i paid for my license to be able to use it and am being bullied for trying this is so not right 

maybe if i keep getting treated like this ill just start reporting abuse to the fcc 

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No offense, but no one is stopping you from using the service you paid to use, all 22 channels of it. They absolutely do have the option of deciding who uses their equipment (repeaters) though, for whatever valid or silly reason they may have.

 

It was a harsh realization for me too, but gmrs isn't a hobbyist oriented service, it's primarily aimed at families and groups having comms within their groups with minimal technical knowledge needed, and outside this bubble we have here, it's pretty much how most people use it, as a utility among their group, and stick to their group....which means they'll generally have their tones set not to hear outsiders.

 

I've had a total of one contact so far, as there's basically almost no hobbyist traffic here either. Also recently got booted from a gmrs group on Facebook, because one of their "instant ban" rules is no mention of other radio services (ham, cb, Murs, etc); guess I slipped and forgot which group I was replying to and supplied some info about online testing availability for ham tickets (in addition to that one, I'm in a couple gmrs groups and few ham groups as well).

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why is it that the gmrs repeater owners can be hotheaded and mute someone that is new to the service and just want to be able to have someone to talk to but then when you try to program your radio the moderators feel like you are annoying and mute you so you dont know if your radio is programmed right or not 

this is supposed to be a service that anyone can use 

i paid for my license to be able to use it and am being bullied for trying this is so not right 

maybe if i keep getting treated like this ill just start reporting abuse to the fcc 

 

First, I'm sorry if this comes off as cross, however the way you had typed and worded this message promotes the air of "I want it therefore it should be given to me" type of attitude, which to many repeater owners, translates to abuse of equipment they paid for and maintain. Everyone has a gripe, its discussion of the concern or issue in an adult manor that brings some form of resolution or at very least a little more respect for you as a person.

 

Now second, if you have read the FCC rules that you agreed to, you will find the following:

 

47 CFR 95.1705 (D) Individual Licensee Duties, The holder of an individual license:

(2) May allow any person to use (i.e., benefit from the operation of) its GMRS repeater, or alternatively, may limit the use of its GMRS repeater to specific persons;

(3) May disallow the use of its GMRS repeater by specific persons as may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this section.

 

Another words, as a repeater owner, I have the authority to refuse access to users who fail to follow FCC rules, or fail to follow rules I have set for the use of the repeater (Including collection of any club fees associated with maintaining said repeater/repeaters) or if you conduct yourself in a way that may be harmful or interfering of any communications through said repeater. I have banned people for prolonged "key up" times where they were intentionally jamming the repeater in hopes of damaging the unit. I also banned a user who tried to tell me I had to pay him for the use of the repeater I had bought and set up.

 

This means that when you contact the FCC, they will likely ignore you, or if you do get a response, it'll likely be "The system owner has legal authority to restrict the systems use to specific individuals."

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Two meta points. This is the wrong forum for this discussion. Since your topic is specific to GMRS it is very much on-topic and you should post it in the General forum.

 

Then, if you look in that forum, you will find there is already long running discussion on this very subject.

https://forums.mygmrs.com/topic/2085-whats-with-repeater-users-needing-permission-on-gmrs/

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Coming back for a second look, I start to wonder about details of the underlying situations.

 

Is it a case of incorrect programming on the part of the op, that's being interpreted as a directed action? Someone that was trying to have a convo and activated tones to filter out the op? Some inexperienced user actions that annoyed someone? (Roger beeps? 'kerchunking' the repeater?)

 

It doesn't change the tone of the original post, or that the op's only other post concerned using a ham radio for gmrs, but trying to see both sides and possible resolutions.

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