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Cross-Band Repeating

Course Description and Materials


Overview: This course is covers the advanced field communications technique of cross-band repeating.
Intended Audience: Hams with experience in emergency communications who are interested in advanced field techniques such as setting up a cross-band repeater.

Note: The above prerequisites are not strictly enforced. But in order to get the most out of this course, you should have previously attended the above courses. If you have not yet attended one or more of the prerequisites, you should carefully review the course materials for the missed prerequisites prior to attending this course. Then, be sure to attend any missed prerequisites at your earliest opportunity.

Length: 3 hours
Students should bring:
  • Copy of course materials (see below)
  • Pen/pencil and pad of paper
  • HT and cross-band capable radios and manuals
Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain what cross-band repeating is
  • Describe how cross-band repeating can be deployed
  • Explain the legal aspects of cross-band repeating
  • List the advantages of cross-band repeating
  • Describe how the FCC addresses cross-band repeating
  • Explain operatins considerations
  • Explain how to choose frequencies
Topics Covered:

The course agenda includes:

  • Definition of cross-band repeating
  • Cross band repeating modes
  • Usage scenarios
  • Set-up
  • FCC requirements
  • How to operate legally
  • Operational considerations
  • Frequency selection
  • Radio make/model-specific settings
Scheduling Info:
Course Materials:

Classroom presentation (Revised 12-Sep-2016):

Reference Materials:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Antenna Fundamentals course is currently taught on the same day as this course.  If you are also attending the Antenna Fundamentals course, be sure to download those course materials here.


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