Does your radio club operate on a repeater? If so, do you have a designated simplex frequency that you all know to use if the repeater is down? If so, why did you choose the frequency you use? If you do not because perhaps your members are geographically distant what is your fallback plan?

@K3LTC at @G5BK we have a mix. I think this extract from the newsletter sums it up!

Local Nets


0810 145.400Mhz FM or listen on 
0810 GC3CG 
0840 28.450Mhz SSB 
1900 145.400Mhz FM


2100 1960khz SSB


2000 3540-3550khz Slow CW


2100 144.350Mhz SSB


2100 1960khz SSB


2100 GB3GH FM


0830 50.220MHz USB

@M0YNG @G5BK I'm impressed that you have so many scheduled times and different frequencies in use! 10m and 6m! However, it does not seem to address my question which was specifically about a designated simplex frequency to which all members know to use in a "repeater down" event, or if you have a plan for establishing comms in such a situation?

@K3LTC I think our members are a little less disaster oriented :D

To be honest, I don't know the history of the 145.400 MHz that we commonly use ...

But, we do have a 2m FM repeater, and two 70cm FM repeaters, covering this area, plus from different locations nearby you can get into a handful of other repeaters further away.

Given all that, I don't think we'd struggle to make contact, and most of the time both simplex and repeater are sadly quiet.

@M0YNG Similar situation here with the addition of an equally under-used 220MHz repeater. We're working on establishing a local members map in order to figure out who we can expect to be able to raise via simplex in the event the repeater was to go out. Not necessarily disaster preparedness, but hurricanes are definitely a thing we worry about. Mainly an interesting exercise at this point.

@K3LTC Between the two local clubs, there are a dozen repeaters on multiple bands. That’s not counting the open repeaters not affiliated with either club. Additionally the ARES group operates two repeaters, and specifies a simplex fallback frequency.

@kr4dio I'm starting to get the feeling that this is seen largely as a solution in search of a problem. Makes sense an ARES group would have a fallback strategy - I'll have to check with our local so we're on the same page. I'm just wondering how many regular old clubs have discussed this and have such a plan documented. I suspect the most common plan for when the repeater goes down is: email the person who manages the repeater ;)

@K3LTC Text or email, yes — I don’t know about you, but anecdotally it seems like cell service is significantly more reliable than ham radio repeaters (under non-disaster conditions)

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