The Indiana Repeater Council, Inc., will meet Saturday, November 18, at 2:45 pm EST in the Red Room at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum during the Fort Wayne Hamfest (

The officers will review what the IRC has been up to over the past few months. We will also discuss the proposed Coordination Policy which is posted on our web site at:

All repeater owners, trustees, and users are welcome to attend. Please note, however, that in accordance with our Bylaws, only full members can vote.

See you there!

Draft Coordination Policy

Here is the first draft of the IRC Coordination Policy for your review and comment.

Why do we need such a document? As an frequency coordinator, we need to provide a clear, written policy so that repeater trustees, holders of coordination, sponsors, users, and coordinators understand the administrative and technical aspects of coordination. We all need to know how systems are coordinated and de-coordinated for the maximum benefit to Indiana amateur radio operators.

If you have comments, questions, or concerns about this document, please contact Bob Burns W9BU at We hope to vote on this document at the IRC meeting at the Fort Wayne Hamfest in November 2017.

IRC Coordination Policy 0.1

2017 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Indiana Repeater Council, Inc., will be held Saturday, July 8, at 1:00 pm EDT in the forum building at the Indianapolis Hamfest (

The officers will review what the IRC has been up to over the past 7 months and officers will be elected for the next year.

All repeater owners, trustees, and users are welcome to attend. Please note, however, that in accordance with our Bylaws, only full members can vote.

See you there!

Frequencies Wanted!

On some Amateur bands in many areas, there are few if any frequencies available upon which a new repeater can be coordinated without causing harmful interference.

Sometimes we discover that we have a repeater coordinated that has been inoperative for some time, and will not be placed back on the air. These frequencies need to be made available for new repeaters.

It is important that repeater operators who have inoperative repeaters be considerate of their fellow Amateurs by releasing unused frequencies. Please be honest and realistic about the likelihood of your repeater being placed back into operation. I am sure that we could grant more coordination’s if we knew about every unused frequency out there.

We realize that circumstances occur that interrupts the continuous operation of a repeater. If a repeater experiences technical problems, the best way to protect the coordination is to let us know what is going on. If we are aware of the situation, we will hold your coordination valid for a reasonable time, to permit repair or replacement of components.

We have no desire to de-coordinate repeaters when the operator is making a good faith effort to restore operation.

We do, however need to identify and make available frequencies, which are not going to be utilized in the reasonable future.

Proposed change to 902 MHz band plan

The officers of the Indiana Repeater Council propose to change our published 902 MHz band plan. The amateur radio 902 MHz band is shared with other radio users. Amateur radio users of the band have observed significant interference from these other users. Since we must share this band with others, we need to adapt our band planning to work around the interference problem.

The current IRC 902 MHz band plan calls for repeater inputs in the 906 to 909 MHz range with outputs at 918 to 921 MHz. You can view the current IRC 902 MHz band plan here:

Our proposed 902 MHz band plan would look like this (frequencies in MHz):

902.0000 – 902.0750     Repeater inputs (FM and digital, 12.5 kHz spacing)
902.0750 – 902.1250     CW/SSB weak signal modes
902.1250 – 903.0000     Repeater inputs (FM and digital, 12.5 kHz spacing)
903.0000 – 903.4000     CW/SSB weak signal modes
903.4000 – 909.0000     Mixed use, including links and control
909.0000 – 927.0000     Mixed broadband use, ATV, data
927.0000 – 927.0750     Repeater outputs (FM and digital, 12.5 kHz spacing)
927.0750 – 927.1250     Simplex (FM and digital)
927.1250 – 928.0000     Repeater outputs (FM and digital, 12.5 kHz spacing)

This proposed band plan loosely conforms to the ARRL band plan.

Indiana currently has two coordinated systems that don’t conform to this proposed band plan. We will work with those repeater owners to reach a compromise for their coordinations.

If you have comments about this proposal please contact myself at or one of the other officers. We would like to implement this change as soon as possible.

Change in Coordination Staff

The officers of the Indiana Repeater Council have announced that we are in the process of appointing a new head coordinator. We thank Dan Dahms N9WNH for his work as our head coordinator and appreciate his service to the Indiana Repeater Council. We ask all repeater owners and trustees to direct any coordination questions to IRC Chairman Bob Burns at while we transition to our new head coordinator. Please remember that coordination requests and changes need to be made online at

Certificate of Reinstatement

One of the issues facing the new officers of the IRC when they took office was the organization’s status as a corporation in the State of Indiana.  While this may seem like a minor administrative issue, achieving and maintaining corporation status is very important to the organization.  It establishes the IRC’s legitimacy in the eyes of the sponsors and trustees who have repeaters coordinated by the IRC and it makes clear to the IRC members that it is an Indiana Nonprofit Corporation.  Corporate status also helps us tell the FCC and the coordinators in the surrounding states that we are the recognized amateur radio repeater coordinating body for Indiana.

Through the efforts of all three elected officers, we worked with the Indiana Department of Revenue to certify that we owe no back taxes or fees to the DOR and we worked with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office to reinstate the Indiana Repeater Council, Incorporated, as an Indiana corporation.  Our certificate of reinstatement is shown below.

Certificate of Reinstatement

IRC Bylaws

The current bylaws have been posted.  You will find them as the first item under the Reference Menu.

You may also click HERE.

New Year, New Website

Happy New Year!

Over the last few weeks, since the November meeting, we’ve been working diligently on an new and updated website.  While we are still working on things, we’ve achieved a level of stability and feel comfortable in taking the new site live.

We hope that you find the new site both easy to use and most especially useful.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to drop us a comment.

Thank you!