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N7PIR IRLP Operating Policy

  • While different repeater systems have different approaches, it is the policy of the N7PIR Group to leave our system disconnected from other nodes and reflectors when not actively participating in a conversation, roundtable or net. If you connect to another node or a reflector via IRLP please be an active participant.  The N7PIR implementation of IRLP has a timer which will disconnect IRLP if a period of inactivity (no local transmissions) is exceeded.
  • Before using IRLP, please familiarize yourself with how it works, visit www.irlp.net and, if possible check the IRLP status page to see if the repeater or node you want to use is already connected to another node or reflector. Check the IRLP node's web site (if available) for protocols or speak with a control operator if possible before using it. The IRLP.net web site has email addresses for each node owner. Different systems have different protocols. As an example, one Portland area IRLP node generally stays connected with a specific reflector, but does allow users to disconnect and connect to another node under certain circumstances.  It must be reconnected to the reflector when the user is done.  You only know this if you speak to a control op or check their web site.
  • If you are trying to use IRLP please make sure you are able to hold the repeater solidly.  If you are weak and noisy or intermittent in to the repeater the DTMF functions may not be decoded consistently.
  • Do not rag chew on an IRLP node that you are not familiar with or keep a connection too long.  It may violate the policy of the node owner causing them to blacklist the offending node.
  • Identify yourself frequently and always before you push any DTMF codes on the repeater. A simple, "W7ABC controlling" or "K7XYZ accessing" is sufficient. Make sure to ID and clear when you are finished as well.
  • While it is courteous to make a general call to ask if the repeater is in use before connecting with IRLP, you do not need to ask "permission".  If the repeater owner allows IRLP use through their policies and your operation conforms to those policies and stated protocols then nobody other than a control operator has a right to grant or deny you permission.
  • When connecting to external systems or reflectors, please limit the connection time to a reasonable duration. While we encourage use of  IRLP, we also have a lot of users who may wish to use the system locally. Remember, this system has a wide coverage area and is linked to several high-level repeaters. You don’t have to be in a rush just be reasonable, especially during peak periods.
  • As mentioned above, please make yourself familiar with IRLP operating procedures before using it.  It is especially important if you are using IRLP to pause at least 2-3 seconds every transmission to ensure the entire system is ready.  This will help prevent the first words of your transmission from being “clipped” off.  Links to IRLP are above and on our “Links” page.
  • Even though the N7PIR Group repeaters are open repeaters, some special features are reserved for contributing members (e.g., use of the remote base and after hours use of IRLP).
  • Remember when using IRLP you are essentially using at least two repeaters. Don't have a local roundtable while connected to a reflector or remote system.  People in Peoria (or wherever) don't want to hear idle chatter not relevant to them.
  • IRLP connections outbound are to be made between the hours of 6:00 AM to 10:30 PM (Unless a contributing member of the Group. Inbound connections are always available 24 hours a day.
  • Remember there may be time zone differences when connecting to geographically distant places.  It might be 4PM here, but it might be Midnight there, in which case you are less likely to get a response.
  • To connect to another node using the the N7PIR system you only need to dial the node or reflector 4-digit number.  No prefix is required.  To disconnect, dial 73.  Some systems require other prefixes so check with those system owners.
  • *** REMEMBER*** Like other Amateur Radio modes IRLP and EchoLink are GLOBAL mediums and your actions are a reflection of you, the node owner, hams in your area and the citizens of the country you are from!!  You are an ambassador of N7PIR, Portland, Oregon and the USA.