Georgia ARES Repeater Mapping Initiative

The goal of the Georgia ARES Repeater Database Initiative is to develop and maintain an accurate and complete interactive map and database of repeaters that are available for ARES use in Georgia and adjacent states

Amateur Radio repeater information in Georgia and adjacent states is scattered across multiple proprietary data sources (ARRL Repeater Book, RFinder.com, RepeaterBook.com, SERA, etc.). Because these are proprietary data repositories Georgia ARES can not extract, consolidate and update this information without violating copyright and confidentiality rules set by each data source

To make matters worse, the data quality varies widely between sources and the errors are random. For example, one source may list a repeater as having a PL tone, another will show it as having no tone. One source may show a repeater being located in a valley, another source places it on a nearby hill. One source may show a repeater as a DSTAR repeater, another source may show it as an analog repeater, and on and on. For general Amateur Radio purposes these repeater sources are fine, but for ARES-related EMCOMM use we need far more accurate and reliable data

We know we can't correct all repeater data in Georgia and adjacent states, but we feel it's important that we develop an accurate and up-to-date listing of those repeaters identified as available for ARES use. To do this we need YOUR help!

The Georgia ARES Repeater Mapping Initiative was introduced at the 2019 Georgia State ARES Meeting. It is designed as a collaborative effort between Georgia ARES and the individual repeater owners. Georgia ARES has established a working database of repeaters in Georgia extracted from non-proprietary sources. We know this data has significant errors, but this is just a starting baseline. The goal is to have all repeater owners in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee who want to contribute to this effort verify and update their repeater information using the on-line tools that we have set up

If you are a repeater owner, trustee, coordinator or ARES EC here's how you can help:

First, review your repeater data shown in the Amateur Radio Repeaters in Georgia web map for accuracy and completeness

Next, go to the Georgia ARES Repeater Update web form and fill out the information on your repeater. Even if the repeater information in the web map is complete and accurate, we ask you to fill out this form so we have a record that you have reviewed and verified the information

When you submit the web form you'll receive an email notifying you that you've successfully completed the survey. In addition, Georgia ARES officials will receive notification that you've submitted your data and we'll use your submission to update the database. We'll also notify you when the update is complete and your new repeater data is available to view in the Amateur Radio Repeaters in Georgia web map

In addition to being accessible in the web map the repeater database will be made available on the Georgia ARES website in a variety of formats - PDF, CSV, Shapefile, KMZ, etc. for ARES members to use in radio programming software and in mapping systems like Google Maps & Google Earth

For more information about this initiative please review the Georgia ARES Repeater Mapping Initiative presentation slides:

Georgia ARES Repeater Database Initiative

If you have any questions or concerns about this initiative please do not hesitate to contact the project manager, Brian Haren, W8BYH at w8byh@arrl.net