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Florida Repeater Council

The Florida Repeater Council, Inc. (FRC) is the ARRL-recognized amateur frequency coordinating body for the State of Florida. The FRC provides frequency coordination and interference resolution services to all Florida repeater operators, FRC members and non-members alike. We are a volunteer non-profit organization of fellow amateurs.


NOTICE: the Board of Directors has decided to merge districts 1 and 2 and move Martin County to district 3. District 1 consists of Monroe, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. District 2 no longer exists.

NOTICE: beginning 10/10/2014 all new and renewing coordinations will be issued an expiration date of Sept 30 in the next even numbered year. Applications within 6 months of the Sept 30 expiration date will be issued an expiration date for the following 2 year cycle.

The Council Coordination Policy has been updated with changes approved at the February and October 2014 board meetings.

The Council would like to clarify our policy on Wideband and Narrowband Repeater Coordinations:

It is the goal of the FRC to minimize interference through the process of coordination. Faced with the influx of new repeater technologies, utilizing digital narrow band formats, the FRC has instituted a coordination policy that allows for these newer technologies while preserving the integrity of the existing analog wide band technologies. The FRC understands that ALL these technologies need to co-exist and will continue to grant coordinations as long as the goal of non-interference are maintained. We will continue to grant wide band coordinations after 1-1-2020 provided the requestor has users that utilize this mode and/or for experimentation. The requestor will need to specify this during the application process.

The next meeting of the board of directors will be held at the Orlando HamCation on Saturday, February 14, 2014 at 3 PM.

The Council By-Laws have been updated with changes approved at the February 2014 board meeting.

The REPEATER LISTINGS were updated on 09/30/2014.

Visit our APPLICATION page to submit a repeater renewal, update or application for new coordination. There is now a link to download the application, complete it and submit via U.S. Mail.

The Florida Repeater Council would like to thank departing district 3 director Glenn Edmondson, N3EH for his service to the amateurs of Florida.

The online applications (RENEWAL, UPDATE AND NEW) are back online and require a human entry to be submitted. This eliminates our recent spambot problem. Links to communicate with the Database Manager, Coordinator, Directors and entire Staff are also back online.

Visit our APPLICATION page to submit a repeater renewal, update or application for new coordination.

The following change in coordination procedure was approved by the Board of Directors:
New coordinations will be issued for a period of 6 months to allow for system construction and testing. The coordination letter will inform the applicant of the need to file an update or renewal before the expiration. Failure to file an update or renewal will be considered abandonment of the application and the coordination will be revoked. The applicant may submit an update to request additional time for construction stating the reasons for the delay. This request will be submitted to the FRC Board for review by email, phone or live vote and the applicant will be advised of their decision within 15 days of the vote. The applicant may submit an update notifying the FRC of the completion of construction and the actual operating status and features of the repeater noting any conditions that differ from the original filing. The Trustee must state that the repeater is on the air and operating as filed. The Board of Directors can designate any Director, even one of an adjacent District or other area of the State, to verify the operational status of the subject repeater. Upon processing of the update, if the specifications meet the coordinated conditions and no other issues are found the FRC may issue a 2 year coordination for the repeater as provided in the rules.

I would like to remind all repeater trustees of section 9 of our coordination policy that states "As stated in the Coordination document, no technical or geographical changes may be made to a coordinated repeater installation, such as effective radiated output power (ERP), antenna height, or location, without prior approval by the FRC. In some cases, such as moving the repeater more than a mile or so, recoordination may be required." The trustee MUST file an application for NEW coordination so that I can check for new conflicts.

Dana, K4LK, Database Manager.

Donations for membership in the Council can now be submitted on-line using secure PayPal. Click the "Donate" link to the left. Thanks for your support.

Due to the tremendous growth of Amateur radio, especially 2 meters, there are few (if any) repeater pairs available in most areas in the state. Many of the coordinated repeaters are inactive, or are being used for other purposes, such as simplex autopatches. Some repeaters have no inputs and their outputs are simply re-transmitting other active repeaters simply to generate activity. Some amateurs simply like to hoard repeater pairs for future use. In addition, repeater licensees are relocating their repeaters or increasing the antenna height or output power without authorization from the FRC Coordinators - in direct violation of FRC Coordination Policy. Please notify the appropriate FRC Coordinator (see the Directory of FRC Staff and Directors), if you suspect that a repeater is inactive, is no longer in its coordinated location, has an abnormally large coverage area, has no receiver, or is being used for a simplex autopatch.

The FRC needs your help in locating the repeater pairs that are being used for anything but legitimate full-duplex repeaters, so that they may be re-coordinated to amateurs who will use them properly.