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    Our community group likes a courtesy beep on the repeater. Our current radio, a Motorola GR1225, offers this. However, our new MTR2000 does not. For that reason we are looking at a low cost controller to provide that functionality. Preferably, we would still use the repeater controller in the MTR2000 and just use the ID-O-Matic as an "IDer" to provide the beep. Otherwise, we could use the ID-O-Matic as the controller.

    Before I start down this path, does anyone have any thought, suggestions, experience, etc. with this combination of products.

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    I'd look into OpenRepeater on the raspberry pi. Coupled with a soundcard interface it's a cheap way to get a full-featured controller with voice announcements, echolink, and all the bells and whistles you could want.

    It's a bit overkill for your application but something to look at.

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    Thanks. I had seen ORP and was particularly impressed with the software. OTOH, given the extra work/cost required to do the sound interface, it looks like a bit of overkill for our needs.

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    Doing courtesy tones without a full interface is difficult... you can have COR drop trigger the beep after x number of milliseconds, but anyone who short-keys during the beep delay period will be cut off. I've never personally tried it, and I generally try to steer people away from it.

    My suggestion would be to go with a commercial-grade controller and do a full interface (i.e let the controller run the repeater as designed.) My personal preference is for Zetron products.
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    The problem has been solved... I have convinced people the courtesy tone is just more noise :-). So, we are back to a pure MTR2000 with its own internal audio - works great.

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    Sounds like the better options. Ive never understood the vhf/UHF ham mindset of "CB Roger beeps are horrible but let's put a courtesy tone on our repeater!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo4Thirty View Post
    Sounds like the better options. Ive never understood the vhf/UHF ham mindset of "CB Roger beeps are horrible but let's put a courtesy tone on our repeater!!"

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    Or CAT talking voice controllers and/or CWID WITH PL. Makes my ears bleed. Thankfully real commercial repeaters can ID without PL.

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    I forgot about the talking repeaters. Some around here used to have more voice traffic than the users.

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    The voice ID on the primary/emergency traffic repeater for a marathon I help with is about twice as long as my typical transmission during the race. Plus it includes a nice annoying courtesy tone and kerchunk while transmitting the output tone.

    On the plus side there is a co-located UHF hub repeater for linking to another of that club's repeaters. I really enjoyed using it since it had no hang time, no courtesy tone, only transmitted tone when receiving, and due to the mixing of audio I could talk over an open mic on VHF.

    Sadly, it appears the PA has blown since the power output is almost nil. But, even though I can barely receive a transmission on my XTL5000 from 5 miles away while having clear line of sight and visually seeing the repeater antenna on the tower they have no intentions of fixing it because the cross-band VHF receive sites "work fine".

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