Wyoming Frequency Coordination
ANNOUNCEMENT - June 2012
Leonard Gordon, KD7CLO, and Tom Ritter, WY7KY, have both accepted appointments as Assistant Frequency Coordinators. Leonard will begin assisting with the coordination process while Greg will be responsible for contacting each repeater owner/trustee in our database to update the listing information. A special email forwarding account has been created that, as a repeater owner/trustee, you can request to be added so various information can be disemnated in a timely manner to repeater owners/trustees. In past years, frequency coordination has been a "one-man" show. Unfortunately the process has become so involved that it has become too much for a single person to manage. With the addition of Leonard & Greg, we hope that responses will become more timely and the coordination process will become more streamlined.
WY Frequency Coordinator
Frequency Coordination is voluntary and is designed to minimize interference among repeater stations while maximizing use of the limited radio spectrum available to the Amatuer Radio Service by planning what specific frequency or frequencies a given station will operate on in a specific area.
Frequency Coordinators in every state maintain extensive and detailed databases and records on repeater stations in their respective areas. Coordination is a service provided free of charge by local area coordinators, although some states do charge a small fee to help offset the costs of postage for coorespondance.
To effectively coordinate a frequency pair please complete a Coordination Application and submit it either by email, regular mail, or by faxing it to 800-565-8196 (toll free). Once the application is received we will begin the coordination process. In some instances, this process requires contacting and receiving approval from a surrounding state. Please note the email address on the application to submit your completed application, as the address shown will automatically send your application to all three coordinators. We encourage applicants to include an email address as this can expedite communication between you and the coordinators.
If you have not received a response from us within 30 days of submitting your application, please feel free to send an email to inquire on the status of your application.
So called "paper repeaters" will NOT BE ACCEPTED! As the name implies, a paper repeater is one that exists only on paper. The time and effort involved in coordinating a repeater needs to be dedicated only to those that have the hardware and are ready to put a repeater station on the air. In most instances a test frequency pair can be used with the understanding that a change in frequency might be needed after the coordination is completed.
The basic steps in erecting a repeater should involve, but not limited to:
- Obtaining the require hardware (receiving, transmitter, controller, duplexer, antenna).
- A permanent location such as a mountain top, building, residence, etc.
- Gathering site data such as longitude / latitude coordinates, HAAT, EAMSL, projected coverage, etc.
- and lastly, filing a completed Frequency Coordination Application.
These steps are nothing more than a basic guide. Those that have put up a repeater station can attest to the time and effort involved.
Maintaining a repeater station is an ongoing process, and the process doesn't end with the final switch being thrown on a completed station. Coordination requires annual renewal. Repeater stations come and go and most likely when they go we are never notified. This is completely unfair to your fellow hams that want to put up a repeater.
NOTICE : Renewal applications must be received no later than August 1st.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns!
Repeater Coordination Applications are available in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.
Download the application from the two choices below: