A Repeater Keeper’s Night before Christmas
It was the night before Christmas all through the land,
Not an amateur was using the 2 metre band.
Some were blaming the jammer but he wasn’t there,
When Ofcom had got him he just didn’t care!
Had all the M3’s gone on HF instead?
Or, dusted off the CB that lay under the bed?
Had they gone QRT or “SWARed” up their twigs,
Or, spent all their money on new HF Rigs?
When out of the blue a “K” from GB3HS came on the air,
And a bleep from the D-Star; was there somebody there?
A flicker on the 10GHz from the old ATV,
Was there really a picture or just snow to see?
All of a sudden whilst drinking my beer,
A thought of what might happen became really clear.
With no users, there’d be no repeaters, no beacons, all canned!
Surely they wouldn’t auction off our VHF bands?
Whilst we still have repeaters, at least for today,
With electricity bills, insurance and site rental to pay.
We run it, and fix it and clear weeds from the grounds.
So please “Use it or lose it” and spare us ten pounds!
Andy Russell, G0VRM
From an idea by Gary Pearce, KN4AQ