December 3, 2013

FCC Technician Exam Question Of The Day (T2B04)

Q) Which of the following common problems might cause you to be able to hear but not access a repeater even when transmitting with the proper offset?

A) All of these choices are correct
- The repeater receiver requires audio tone burst for access
- The repeater receiver requires a CTCSS tone for access
- The repeater receiver may require a DCS tone sequence for access

NJ2X Notes:
It is quite common for repeaters to require the use of a specific sub-audible tone to open the repeater's receiver squelch.  This helps reduce interference.  You can find the specific tone for the repeater contacting the repeater's owners or by using a repeater directory.  The ARRL publishes an updated paper bound and electronic repeater directory each year.