Guidelines - East Coast Reflector

IRLP, Allstar, associated repeaters, simplex nodes, radio-less nodes, DMR, WIRES-X, D-STAR, DMR, EchoLink, and VoIP connection shall comply fully with the Amateur Radio Service (Part 97) regulations of the Federal Communications Private Radio Service.

The ECR and associated bridges are open to all amateurs worldwide. It is provided to make contact and pass information between amateur radio operators. It also serves the public as a voluntary, noncommercial communication service for emergency communications.

The only time a simplex node can disconnect by radio tone is when the entire system is idle. Operators must pause at least three seconds between individual transmissions to allow other stations to break in or allow users to disconnect from the ECR.

All connected radios must disable the roger beep before transmitting on the ECR. See your manual for more information on how to disable it.

At the beginning of each transmission, key your microphone and wait two seconds before talking to allow the system to activate entirely. On a typical day, you open 250 to 300 transmitters when you push your microphone PTT button.

The ECR is an extensive, linked system with hundreds of users. Please keep QSOs for a reasonable amount of time. The system discourages individual QSOs exceeding 15 minutes.

Only controlled NETs authorized by the Facilitator Committee will be allowed on the ECR.

No communications containing obscene, indecent, or profane words, language, or meaning will be tolerated on the ECR. Discussing political, religious, or potentially sensitive social issues will also be avoided.

Operators shall not cause or condone the malicious or intentional interference of another’s communications on the system. In the spirit of Amateur Radio, operators shall respect and support each other courteously and positively.

Operators shall not communicate with or discuss the actions of anyone who violates these rules. This is the responsibility of the ECR Facilitators, and they are required to terminate improper operations.

The ECR reserves the right to forbid the use of any repeaters, links, remote bases, or voice-over-internet protocol by operators who repeatedly violate these rules or anyone who facilitates or encourages others to do so.