Programming a radio for a repeater

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This is a list of steps you can follow to program a repeater into your radio. The information here is meant to supplement the information in your radio's owner's manual.

Buttons and touchscreen options will be shown as [BUTTON] while knobs shown as (KNOB).

These examples use the following settings:

  • Repeater output is 441.375 MHz
  • Positive offset
  • PL tone of 103.5

Note that the CARE repeater supports sending a tone on the output, which allows you to optionally use the tone squelch option, shown as CT on Kenwood radios and TSQL on Icom radios. When using this, your radio won't play anything unless it hears the tone, just as this repeater won't repeat anything without the tone coming in on receive.

Not all repeaters transmit a tone on the output. If you program a repeater into your radio with a CTCSS tone and the repeater doesn't transmit a tone on its output, you will not hear the repeater. However, if you program a repeater into your radio and do NOT use the CTCSS option, you will hear the repeater regardless of whether or not it transmits a tone on the output.

Handheld radios

Kenwood

TH-D72

  • Press [VFO] to ensure you are in VFO mode
  • Press [ENT] to begin entering the frequency directly, and then press [4] [4] [1] [3] [7] [5]
  • Press [8/TONE] until the display shows T for Tone
    • Optional: Press [8/TONE] again to show and enable CT
    • This is so the radio won’t play anything unless it hears the tone, just as the repeater won’t repeat anything unless it hears the tone.
  • Press [F] and then [*/SHIFT] and keep pressing this combination until the display shows + for positive offset
  • Verify the offset is 5 MHz by pressing [MENU] and then [1] [6]
    • If it shows Offset Frequency 5.00 MHz, you are all set, press [MENU] to back out of the menus
    • If it shows something else, press right on the direction pad and then up or down to move it to 5 MHz, and then press right to save and [MENU] to exit the menus
  • Program the tone by pressing [F] and then [8/TONE]. Make sure it says 103.5, and then press right on the direction pad

If you want to save this, press [F] and then [MR/M.IN], locate a memory location you want to store it in (you can press up or down or turn the tuning knob on the top of the radio), and then press right on the direction pad to store

TH-D74

  • Press [1] to ensure you are in VFO mode
  • Press [ENT] to begin entering the frequency directly, and then press [4] [4] [1] [3] [7] [5]
  • Press [8/TONE] until the display shows T for Tone
    • Optional: Press [8/TONE] again to show and enable CT
    • This is so the radio won’t play anything unless it hears the tone, just as the repeater won’t repeat anything unless it hears the tone.
  • Press [F] and then [7/SHIFT] until the display shows + for positive offset
  • Verify the offset is 5 MHz by pressing [MENU] and then [1] [4]
    • If it shows Offset Frequency 5.00 MHz, you are all set, press [MENU] to back out of the menus
    • If it shows something else, press [ENT] and then the up or down buttons to move it to 5 MHz, and then press [ENT] to save and [MENU] to exit the menus
  • Program the tone by pressing [F] and then [8/TONE]. Make sure it says 103.5, and then press [A/B] for "OK"

If you want to save this, press [F] and then [2], locate a memory location you want to store it in (you can enter the number directly, press up or down, or turn the tuning knob on the top of the radio), and then press [ENT] to store

Mobile radios

Icom

IC-7100

  • Make sure you’re in VFO mode (such as VFOA) by pressing the [V/M] button
  • Touch the MHz digits to get the band selection display
  • Touch [F-INP] to enter the direct input screen
  • Put in 441.371
    • Touch [4] [4] [1] [.] [3] [7] [5]
    • Then touch [ENT] to enter
  • On the menu along the bottom, look for [DUP] and touch it
    • If you don’t see it, press [MENU] physical button to rotate through (it should be on M-2)
    • You should see DUP+ in the display. If you see DUP- press it again. We need + for a positive offset
  • On that same menu should be [TONE]
    • Press and hold [TONE] so you see the option to set the tone. Rotate the giant knob until it says 103.5Hz
    • Optional: Press [TONE] again to program tone squelch to the same thing, 103.5
      • This is so the radio won’t play anything unless it hears the tone, just as the repeater won’t repeat anything unless it hears the tone.
      • Press the [MENU] physical key to store the setting(s).
    • Press [TONE] and you should see TONE on the display. You should be OK to go to talk on the repeater.
      • Optional: Press [TONE] again and it should say TSQL. The radio won’t play anything unless it hears the tone coming in.

If you want to save this, rotate the memory selection knob (M-CH) to find a blank memory spot, then press and hold [MW] to write.

Yaesu

FTM-400XD

  • Make sure you’re in VFO mode by tapping the [V/M] button on screen
  • On the mic, press [4] [4] [1] [3] [7] [5]
  • Press the [F/MW] button to expand the function menu (if not already on screen)
  • Tap either [FWD -->] or [BACK <--] until you see the SQL option with the additional line in the black box under it
  • Tap this [SQL (option)] button until it shows T-TX
    • Optional: Tap [SQL (option)] again and it should say T=TRX. The radio won’t play anything unless it hears the tone coming in.
  • Press and hold [DISP/SETUP] physical button and then tap [SIGNALING]
  • Tap TONE SQL FREQ and then rotate the upper knob until it shows 103.5 Hz, and then tap TONE SQL FREQ again to save
  • Tap [BACK] twice to go back to the main screen
  • If there isn't a + symbol on screen to indicate a positive offset:
    • Press and hold [DISP/SETUP] physical button and then tap [CONFIG]
    • Turn the upper-right scroll wheel until you see items 4, 5, and 6
      • Item 4, AUTO RPT SHIFT, should have ON, and the next two settings already be set properly
        • If not, and you would like this on, tap AUTO RPT SHIFT until it says ON
      • Item 5 should have +
        • If not, tap AUTO RPT SHIFT until it says +
      • Item 6 should have 5.00 MHz
        • If not, tap RPT SHIFT FREQ twice, use the upper right scroll wheel to set it to 5.00 MHz, and then tap RPT SHIFT FREQ again to save
  • Tap [BACK] twice to go back to the main screen

To save, press and hold [F/MW] and rotate the upper-right knob until you find the memory location you want to save it in, and then tap the memory location

  • Optional: Tap-and-hold the memory location instead to type in the repeater call sign or other identifier (this will show on the display when you tune to the memory location). Type in and then tap ENT to save, and then tap the memory location to save.

Base radios

Icom

IC-9100

  • Make sure you’re in VFO mode (such as VFOA) by pressing the [VFO/MEMO] button
  • Press [F-INP/ENT] to directly enter the repeater output frequency
  • Press [4] [4] [1] [.] [3] [7] [5] and then press [F-INP/ENT]
  • On the menu along the bottom, look for [DUP] and press its corresponding F-button (likely [[F-2])
    • If you don’t see it, press [MENU] to rotate through (it should be on M1)
    • You should see DUP+ in the display. If you see DUP- press it again. We need + for a positive offset
  • On that same menu should be [TON] for Tone
    • Press and hold [TON] so you see the option to set the tone. If the display doesn't say "Rptr Tone" press [TON] (which is now in a different place) to switch. Rotate the giant knob until it says 103.5Hz
    • Optional: Press [TON] again to program tone squelch (the display should now say TSQL Tone) and set it to the same thing, 103.5
      • This is so the radio won’t play anything unless it hears the tone, just as the repeater won’t repeat anything unless it hears the tone.
      • Press the [MENU] physical key to store the setting(s).
    • Press [TON] and you should see T on the display. You should be OK to go to talk on the repeater.
      • Optional: Press [TONE] again and it should say TSQL. The radio won’t play anything unless it hears the tone coming in.

If you want to save this, rotate the memory selection knob (M-CH) to find a blank memory spot, then press and hold [MW] to write.