A Repeater is an automated radio station that receives on one frequency and simultaneously retransmits on a second frequency. The purpose of a repeater is to extend range, particularly on the VHF and UHF bands which tend to have line-of-sight propagation. Repeaters are usually installed at elevated locations that afford line-of-sight radio coverage over an expansive area, or they are placed where they can serve a smaller but particularly important area. Where two Amateur operators equipped with low-power hand-held radios might only be able to communicate directly over a mile or two, if they can both access a repeater, that range can extend to tens of miles or farther.

When it is desirable to cover an area too large for a single repeater, two or more repeaters can be interconnected such that whatever is heard on any one is retransmitted by all. The links that carry the signals between repeater stations can use radio, microwave, wire line or the Internet. The effect of linking individual repeaters together is that they operate as if they were a single repeater. BeachNet uses radio links in the UHF (400 MHz) part of the radio spectrum to link the network together.

Most repeaters today use some form of access control, requiring a particular signal on the transmission from your radio to cause the repeater to activate its transmitter. The repeater transmitter won't turn on unless that signal is present. An appropriate decoder detects the presence of the signal. It takes a finite period of time for the decoder to determine if the correct signal is present, in the range of 200 to 300 milliseconds. So, the repeater transmitter doesn't even start to turn on for at least a quarter second after you key up. If you are using a linked repeater system, this decoding process is repeated, sequentially, in the radio links connecting the various repeaters. This can add up to a full second or more. Since the repeater transmitter isn't even operating until the decoders have had time to do their job, not pausing for at least that length of time will cause the first words of your speech to be cut off. Most repeaters use CTCSS for access control on the repeaters and radio links that comprise the system. It is recommended that the user pause for 1 to 2 seconds after keying up before speaking.

Repeater Use Guidelines

  • Always identify yourself according to FCC regulations.
  • Avoid lengthy conversations, pause between transmissions.
  • When using EchoLink, identify yourself often and do not “park” on a connection.
  • Do not interrupt existing conversations unless you have something meaningful to add.
  • Yield existing conversations to recognized activities: ARES Nets, special events, etc.
  • Move your conversation to a simplex frequency as soon as possible.
  • Do not engage in political soap boxing. Do not engage in any personal antagonisms.
  • Do not use CB lingo/slanguage. Do not use “Q” codes and phonetics excessively.
  • Always yield the frequency to a breaking station (any station with emergency traffic).
  • Selling items OTHER than ham related equipment is not allowed.
  • Watch your language; repeaters are considered "G-Rated" 24 hours a day.
  • If you hear stations jamming or interfering, do not make any comment; ignore them. Do not antagonize those interfering.
  • Transmitting touch tones to gain control of repeater functions, or to cause interference to users is prohibited. This includes ANY transmission intended to disrupt communications between users.

Regional VHF & UHF Repeaters

CALL TX FREQ RX REQ PL TONE LAT LONG ELEV Ft DESCRIPTION – LOCATION - NOTES
W7BU 145.450 144.850 118.8 46.262365 -123.886951 1135 VHF Megler Mt. WA EOC Net Ctrl.
W7BU 440.925 445.925 100.0 46.262365 -123.886951 1130 UHF Megler Mt. WA
NM7R 147.180 147.780 82.5 46.286417 -123.897497 1370 VHF Megler Mt. WA Beach Net 16
NM7R 444.925 449.925 118.8 46.286417 -123.897497 1360 UHF Megler Mt. WA IRLP Beach Net
NM7R 440.675 445.925 118.8 46.421470 -123.798741 2000 UHF Naselle WA Beach Net
W7RDR 146.860 146.260 118.8 46.313889 -124.055000 150 VHF IRLP Ilwaco WA
N7XAC 444.800 449.800 118.8 46.352667 -124.050933 120 UHF Long Beach WA Beach Net
N7XAC 441.675 446.675 118.8 46.461068 -123.550658 2900 UHF K.O. Peak WA Beach Net (Grays River Divide)
NM7R 442.675 447.675 118.8 46.695431 -123.772724 1250 UHF S. Bend / Raymond WA Beach Net
NM7R 147.340 147.940 118.8 46.695431 -123.772724 1250 VHF S. Bend / Raymond WA Beach Net
NM7R 147.020 153.020 118.8 46.343773 -123.511254 970 VHF Grays River WA (KM Hill) Beach Net
K7RPT 146.720 146.100 114.8 46.105623 -123.586150 2720 VHF Wickiup Mountain ARES Dist #1 Net
WA7VE 145.490 144.890 118.8 45.954167 -123.918611 250 VHF SeasideTsunami Net (STARS) EOC Alt. Net
W7BU 146.740 146.140 118.8 45.818527 -123.920963 2551 VHF Arch Cape (temporarily out of service)
K7GA 444.500 449.500 100.0 46.086250 -123.452170 3075 UHF Nicolai Mt. (temporarily out of service)
W7BU 146.760 146.160 118.8 46.105623 -123.586150 2720 VHF Wickiup Mt. EOC Alt. Net
KF7TCG 146.660 146.060 118.8 46.105623 -123.586150 2720 VHF Wickiup Mt.
KF7TCG 444.775 449.775 118.8 46.105623 -123.586150 2720 UHF Wickiup Mt.
W7BU 442.500  447.500  118.8 46.105623 -123.586150 2720 UHF Wickiup Mt.
K7RPT 147.320 147.920 100.0 45.545085 -123.381825 3600 VHF S. Saddle MT. ARES District-1 Washington Cnty
K7RPT 442.325 447.325 125.0 45.545085 -123.381825 3600 UHF S. Saddle MT. ARES District-1 Washington Cnty
KJ7IY 145.270 144.670 107.2 45.719930 -123.292183 2250 VHF Timber ARES District-1
KJ7IY 441.825 446.825 107.2 45.719930 -123.292183 2250 UHF Timber ARES District-1 Echolink K7PPT-L
W7LI 147.220 147.820 100.0 45.213979 -123.754903 3150 VHF Mt. Hebo Tillamook Co
W7LI 441.250 441.250 118.8 45.213979 -123.754903 3150 UHF Mt. Hebo Tillamook Co
KD7YPY 53.110 51.410 107.2 45.213979 -123.754903 3150 HF Mt. Hebo Tillamook Co
W7EM 441.300 446.300 100.0 45.213979 -123.754903 3150 UHF Mt. Hebo Tillamook Co
W7EM 440.175 445.175 100.0 45.787147 -123.919977 2650 UHF Angora Pk. Manzanita Tillamook South Co
W7EM 440.525 445.525 100.0       UHF Triangulation Pt. Tillamook
N7EI 145.350 144.750 114.8       VHF Clatskanie Columbia Co (off the air)
K7WWG 146.900 147.960 127.3 45.376206 -123.037020 1330 VHF Newberg Washington Co. EOC