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The new RR looks good, and I applaud those who struggle with the database files. I noted the "Statewide" entries whereas truth be told only W3BXW and W2NJR are as close to being wide area repeater systems as you can get.

I dumped the data into Google Docs and fixed the "Statewide" county entries. A few entries were added, and duplicates and one New York repeater are marked by striketrhough text. There are more repeaters to be added but I thought it best to adjust just the ones now posted.

A second page is added to the attached Excel spreadsheet. It is identical to the first sheet but with the deletions of two columns.It is a suggestion to make the database a bit easier to read. Repeater input frequencies (except the 2m 1 MHz offsets) aren't needed, nor are input and output tones. As I say, this is just a suggested layout. Comments are welcome.

Hope this helps.

Tom
 

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The data in your excell spread sheet looks fine, but

you are going to need tone input "and" output as some
repeaters are ex-commercial repeaters and i know some
use different input and output tones.

what is your source of data as i have noticed many already
listed repeaters in the arcc and metrocor database are missing?
i know they exist because i have used them. i must assume
they are the ones you state are to be added.

most new hams are totally un-aware of whether an offset is a
plus or minus even though to many experienced hams that is
second nature.
 

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The data in your excell spread sheet looks fine, but

you are going to need tone input "and" output as some
repeaters are ex-commercial repeaters and i know some
use different input and output tones.

what is your source of data as i have noticed many already
listed repeaters in the arcc and metrocor database are missing?
i know they exist because i have used them. i must assume
they are the ones you state are to be added.

most new hams are totally un-aware of whether an offset is a
plus or minus even though to many experienced hams that is
second nature.
Thanks for the comments. I started gathering repeater info in 1977 or so, and in the early 80's using an Apple II I kept the repeater database for the coordinating council prior to ARCC. I built and maintain the Web pages for W3BXW, WB2YGO and initially designed the K2AX site.

Outputs: Agreed there are many ex-commercial repeaters on the air, but I only know of one repeater in my area that uses different input and output tones. The owner keeps the input tone under tight control to eliminate the nonsense key-ups, music and comments heard on some repeaters.

Unpublished: I recognize that there are repeater owners who choose not to publish their listings. I was on the road for 12 years in all 21 counties. Putting towns in counties is not a chore for me. Midday is usually quiet and band scans while driving through the state revealed the unlisted when a code ID popped up.

Entries to be added: I can see on the ARCC list alone there are repeaters listed that are not in the RR database. No doubt that Metrocor has the same thing. What I was trying to do with this posting is to mainly help the DBA tweak the "Statewide" to proper counties on the RR data already posted, I was not trying to complicate the DBA's life by throwing in a bunch of repeaters to be added nor rape the ARCC list. I did fill in the additional W2NJR system repeaters, based upon their Website, added a third machine to KC2QVT and added K2AX and K2JZO (all in my county, all from personal knowledge).

Offsets: Virtually every mobile or HT radio sold today automatically sets the standard offset for the band. There are a few 1 MHz split 2m repeaters which require the additional step of setting the input.

I was just thinking the ham radio database would be more for scanner listeners than for hams themselves. I thought that listeners could care less about inputs and offsets, just the repeater output and PL to program into scanners.

I hope that explains my thinking on what I was trying to do. Does it help?

73, Tom
 

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I hope that explains my thinking on what I was trying to do. Does it help?

73, Tom
Gotcha - just adding some other thoughts to the mix. I have been using many of the
local area (Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean) repeaters since the late 1970's and if
you need help for confirmations just ask and I can chip in.
 

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Sure, fixes are more than welcome. It looks we got into FM about the same time. My first radio was a Regency HR-2B.

I'm not looking to again build yet another repeater list. Been there, done that. I was primarily fixing the counties so a newbie scanner listener would not get the idea that most repeaters could be heard everywhere.

For better or worse, when I travel out of NJ and ePA I just go to the various repeater councils' websites and pick out some repeaters to program into the two Yaesu radios.

What is your call?

Tom
 

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Sure, fixes are more than welcome. It looks we got into FM about the same time. My first radio was a Regency HR-2B.

I'm not looking to again build yet another repeater list. Been there, done that. I was primarily fixing the counties so a newbie scanner listener would not get the idea that most repeaters could be heard everywhere.

For better or worse, when I travel out of NJ and ePA I just go to the various repeater councils' websites and pick out some repeaters to program into the two Yaesu radios.

What is your call?

Tom
I will PM you....
 
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