Policy

GENERAL POLICY

The LRA repeaters are open to any member of the Technician Class license or above exercising common courtesy in their use.

• "Ragchew" use of the repeater is encouraged. Please remember that the repeater is a shared resource.
• The autopatch access codes (or other access codes) are not to be given out over the air.
• Visitors can use the patch by asking a member to operate the patch for them.
• Information concerning the autopatch and controller should be transferred only by this document from a Board member to club members to insure use of proper procedures.
• Each operator has a responsibility to act as a Control Operator at all times an inform any other operator of rule infractions. The goal is to be a self-policed group.

Autopatch Guidelines
• Business calls are strictly forbidden. This does not exclude calls to business phones for non business reasons, however.
• Do not use the patch for ragchewing.
• If there is any doubt, notify the called party that they are on the air. If the called party starts to use profane language, abort the call at once.
• Long distance and toll calls are not permitted, and are disabled.
• When making an emergency call, tell the dispatcher that you are calling via amateur radio and the E911 information (call source info) is the radio location, not the location of the emergency.
• If in doubt about the legality of a call, don't make it unless you are handling an emergency.
• While waiting for someone to come to the phone or if you are on hold, dead air can be confusing to some listeners. It is advisable to identify periodically to keep from having someone dump the patch, thinking it is broken.


CONSTITUTION

Article I: Name
This organization shall be known as the Loveland Repeater Association: L.R.A.

Article II: Duration
This organization shall have perpetual existence.

Article III: Purpose
A. To provide emergency communications as needed in the public interest.
B. To fulfill the needs of its membership for local autopatch facilities.
C. To promote fellowship in amateur radio through diligent efforts to adhere to Federal \\Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and the bounds of good taste.
D. To provide for a self supporting and self-perpetuating bond of common purpose amongst its membership.
E. To promote activities of an unspecified nature of interest to the membership not necessarily limited to amateur radio but not distracting from the above mentioned purposes.

Article IV: Classes of Membership
A. Full - conveys all privileges of membership; commences upon payment of dues; must be licensed amateur radio operators; full voting privileges.
B. Family - licensed amateur who is an immediate relative of a full member and living in the same household; no voting privileges.

Article V: Officers
A. President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer: office and duties as customary; and such others as may be deemed necessary by the membership.
B. Must be full members of this organization.
C. Must be elected at regular intervals by full members.
D. At least one officer must preside at any one of the organization's business meetings.

Article VI: Meetings
Regular business meetings will be scheduled for all members and invited guests to attend. A majority is defined as at least fifty-one (51) percent of the members either present or voting by approved proxy. A quorum is defined as ten (10) percent of the voting members present or six (6) members plus presiding officer(s), whichever is greater. If a quorum is not present, no voting may be done.

Article VII: Amendments
The Constitution may be amended by a three-fourths (3/4) affirmative vote of members present at a business meeting. The proposed amendment must be introduced at a regular business meeting and voted on at the next regular business meeting. The proposal must be presented in written form and written such that no negative option is permitted.


BY LAWS

Article I: Term of Office
The term of office for all duly elected officers shall coincide with the calendar year following their election; such elections to take place during regular business meeting held in October, if feasible. In the event it is not reasonably possible to do so at that time, then the election must be concluded during the regular business meeting held in November.

Article II: Dues
Membership dues shall be determined annually on the basis of prior year expenses and needs for future capital expenditures. Dues are payable each calendar year and may be prorated to the end of the year at the rate of one twelfth the annual rate per calendar month.

Article III: Business Address

The official business address of this association for correspondence shall be the official club P.O. Box.

Article IV: Meetings
Regular business meetings shall be held once a month on the second Saturday of the month at nine (8) A.M. local time at a designated location. Special business meetings may be called by any of the association officers as necessary and at their discretion.

Article V: Station License
A station licensee shall be selected by the officers from available volunteers and will be supported by the full membership in striving for the legal operation of the repeater(s). Note: The official club callsign is W0LRA.]

Article VI: Budget
Association funds shall be available for the purchase of equipment and meeting operational expenses within the guidelines of the accepted yearly budget.

Article VII: Amendments
These bylaws may be amended as necessary following the procedures established in Article VII of the L.R.A. Constitution.