VOI Repeaters

The Voice of Idaho Amateur Radio Club maintains and operates high-quality, wide-coverage repeaters for the use of all amateur radio operators. Operators using the Voice Of Idaho repeaters shall fully comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Communications Commission in Code Of Federal Regulations(CFR) Title 47, Chapter 1, Subchapter D, Part 97. You can find a copy of the CFR by clicking Here. In addition to complying with Part 97, the Voice Of Idaho asks operators to comply with it’s rules and regulations listed below:

1.  The Voice Of Idaho repeaters are provided for the purposes of contacting and passing information between amateur radio operators. The repeaters are also provided as a service to the public as a voluntary, noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

 2.  In the spirit of the Amateur Radio Service, users shall respect and support each other courteously and positively.

 3.  Due to the wide coverage of the repeaters the length of QSOs should be kept to a minimum. Operators should always pause before transmitting, to allow other stations to break in. When possible, the VOI asks operators to please use simplex frequencies instead of the repeaters in order to keep repeaters clear for priority traffic.

 4.  Operators shall announce their call sign before transmitting any DTMF commands. Operators shall also comply with the Identification requirements listed in Part 97.119(a) which states

“Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions. No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station.”

 5.  There shall be no communications containing obscene, indecent, or profane words, language, or meaning(Part 97.113(4)).  Discussion of political or potentially sensitive social issues shall be avoided.

 6.  No operators shall cause or condone the malicious or intentional interference of anyone´s communications on the repeaters. 

 7.  Operators shall not communicate with, or discuss the actions of, anyone who violates these rules.

 8.  Should certain parties choose to NOT comply with the aforementioned rules and regulations, the Voice Of Idaho reserves the right to limit and/or block those parties from operating on the VOI repeaters as permitted by CFR Title 47, Chapter 1, Subchapter D, Part 97.205(e).

All VOI club repeaters are open and may be used by everyone, although your financial support is most welcome and appreciated.

Use of the VOI Repeaters for events

VOI is pleased to support other groups conducting Public Service events.

In order to use one or more of the VOI repeaters to support your event you will need to receive approval from the VOI board prior to the start of the event. To do this you will need to complete the VOI repeater request form and email the completed form to board@voiceofidaho.org at least 45 days in advance of the start of the event(sooner is better though). Please note that club-sponsored nets and events take priority. Otherwise priority is based on a first come, first served basis. If there is a conflict, the VOI Board of Directors will try to work with the requester(s) to find a solution for shared use.

VOI Repeater linking information:

As of August 2022, only three of the VOI repeaters are available for on-demand linking. These repeaters are the 146.84 on Shafer, the 146.62 on Snowbank, and the 444.900 on Shafer. Linking capabilities for the 147.240 MHz and 145.290 MHz repeaters are still being developed. Listed below are the operational commands for the currently-available linking operations.

The 146.82 (Shafer) and the 146.70 (Squaw) repeaters have been full-time linked for most of a year, as an evaluation of the usefulness of such a connection.  The response to the link has been almost universally positive, with individuals and nets enjoying the expanded coverage.  Comments on this setup are welcome, and will be used to determine future operations of the VOI repeater system.  

VOI repeater linking commands:
Commands which may be sent to the 146.84 repeater –
Link all repeaters – DTMF “9811”
Unlink all repeaters – DTMF “00”
Link 84 and 62 – DTMF “84621”
Unlink 84 and 62 – DTMF “84620”

Link 84 and 49 – DTMF “84491”

Unlink 84 and 49 – DTMF “84490”
Commands which may be sent to the 146.62 repeater –
Link 62 and 84 – DTMF “62841”
Unlink 62 and 84 – DTMF “62840”

Link 62 and 49 – DTMF “62491”

Unlink 62 and 49 – DTMF “62490”

Below is a map of about where our repeaters are located: