Appalling

Subject:  Is anyone Monitoring the activities on the 444.325 repeater in Miami?

On Fri, May 31, 2019, 8:39 PM Albert and Linda Moreschi wrote:

Hello All Hams in the Miami Area,

It has come to my attention that the 444.325 repeater in Miami is much 
like channel 19 is or was on CB radio.
I visited the area today and heard the activities for myself.
I am appalled at what I heard today.
Lot’s of cussing, comments about jamming other repeaters, explicit 
sexual comments, threats against other hams, etc…
These types of activities by Ham Radio operators is not permissible by 
part 97 rules of the FCC and are subject to fines and penalties.

Bert
AG4BV

On 5/31/2019 8:44 PM, Randy Shurr wrote:

It has been??happening?? intermittently, but regularly, for some time now. The behavior on that repeater is indeed appalling.

Randy
W4SHR

On Fri, May 31, 2019, 8:57 PM Albert and Linda Moreschi  wrote:

Not sure who the trustee of that repeater is but it appears that they are not monitoring the repeater.
Bert
AG4BV


On 5/31/2019 8:59 PM, robert wrote:

The trustee is monitoring the repeater. The trustee also monitors activities on 75&80m where the “pro” hams hangout. The repeater activities seem rather docile compared to what’s on the international bands.

Regards

The trustee

On May 31, 2019 9:10 PM, “Albert and Linda Moreschi wrote:

 Hello Robert,
I am staying focused on the 444.325 repeater at this time.
Since you are the trustee, you have an obligation to insure that those using your repeater are operating according to Part 97 rules. 

Bert
AG4BV

On Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:39:05 PM EDT, robert wrote:
 
No problem. I will advise the users of your concerns. They may wish to consult with you on your machine.

73
W4THM


On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 1:51:04 PM EDT Harry Pillot wrote:

I stay away from it because of that.  In addition to your comments, the users ( by the way I do not think they are certified) act as if the frequency is theirs and will not stop talking while not identifying themselves.


It is indeed appalling!


73
Harry
KN4DHY

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May 26, 2019
Hi Tom,
I monitored the repeater Friday evening and from 8 AM yesterday to about 7 PM . I missed a few hours in between. But the activity was pretty much the same all day.

I would say just about all that are using it, are Licensed Amateur Operators. Not all because they did bot use a callsign or identify with a legal one. They almost all appeared to know one another, referring to each other by name. On occasion one unknown to them would enter the conversation, identify and ask a question, and they answered. One trucker was in conversation, but never identified that I could tell. About a third of the conversations were in Spanish or Spanglish so I cannot speak for all the talk but I did recognize several known Spanish curse words.

Much of the day the conversations were interspersed with very fowl language. Part of the time, only for perhaps an hour, the owner W4THM was present on the repeater. He spoke in Spanish one time and signed out. I never heard him again during the day. Almost no identification all day by anyone using the repeater. I copied only 4 legitimate callsigns all day.

The repeater is pretty much unmonitored or policed by the owner. It tends to be raucous with music played occasionally. Cursing is apparent in some conversations. Most never identify and it can be a free for all.?? It could all be handled in my opinion, if the owner monitored and took control once in a while. It gets a little out of hand, not as bad as 7200 on HF but the conversations could be cleaned up with some attention by him.

I copied several callsigns accurately:
KC4HFT
W4THM
AK4FU
WB4DB
Names copied were Milton, Robert, Luciano, Sergio, Eric. Some matched with those calls and some did not.

I accurately copied a couple of callsigns that did not belong to the person I heard(callsign belonged to a YL), were expired(out of state addresses), or did not exist. So I may be wrong, or they have been farmed/pirated.

I am not sure I want to be the one sending OO cards, due to the demeanor of those copied. But the owner needs to be alerted of monitored activities.

Bill Marx W2CQ