What Is a Repeater?
An amateur radio repeater is an electronic device that receives a weak or low-level amateur radio signal and re-transmits it at a higher level or higher power, so that the signal can cover longer distances without degradation. Many repeaters are located on hilltops or on tall buildings as the higher location increases their coverage area.
In amateur radio, repeaters are typically maintained by individual ham radio hobbyists or local groups of amateur radio operators. Many repeaters are provided openly to other amateur radio operators and typically not used as a remote base station by a single user or group.
Thanks to an innovative Canadian, we now have a new and powerful recruitment tool for the younger generation interested in technologies like the Internet, Linux and Ham Radio. This is Internet Radio Linking Project
By enabling our standard FM repeaters and simplex channels with this new IRLP technology, we can provide instant on-demand linking with one or more repeaters world-wide.
The Vancouver Island Trunk
There is a gateway to provide a network of open Amateur radio repeaters, for general and emergency communications use, throughout Vancouver Island, surrounding waters and parts of the lower mainland in British Columbia Canada. At this time MIRA does not have a repeater that is linked to this system. See http://www.islandtrunksystem.org/cms/ for more information.
To get a PDF document List of Vancouver Island Repeaters, click here http://www.bcarcc.org/vanisland.pdf (maintained by BCARCC).