FM38 Repeater

Commonly asked/answered questions about the FM38 repeater network.



Question: Where does the name "FM38" come from?
Answer:  FM38 is derived from our main repeater frequency, 443.800 (3.8) and the fact that we of course use FM as our mode.
Question: Is FM38 a club?
Answer:  No, the FM38 repeater is owned and maintained by N9GMT and N9FBF. We also have affiliate repeaters that link to us via AllStar. There are many dedicated long time personnel that provide technical assistance, tower work and spare equipment. About a decade ago we used to keep a roster, make newsletters, had public functions and sort of acted like a club. Sometimes people would even donate to cover administrative costs. We soon learned that if there is no club, people can't complain as much. If free isn't good enough - spin your dial.
Question: What are FM38's goals
Answer:  '"We plan to link about a dozen or so UHF repeaters together in the eastern half of Wisconsin". Well we blew past that goal a few years back so I guess the current goal is to add repeaters as good sites become available. Ideally we would like to link to existing repeaters when possible as there are many "good" but underutilized repeaters out there. If you have any interest in joining the network please contact Emil N9FBF.
Question: Who can I direct specific questions to?
Answer:  Try sending email to Emil N9FBF good on QRZ or leave a Contact Us message. We will do our best to answer your questions.
Question: How many sites do you currently have?
Answer:  The 443.800 Milwaukee repeater has twelve (12) receive sites, a hub site and a transmit site. There are also currently fifteen (15) linked UHF repeaters with more planned.
Question: Is FM38 an open or closed repeater?
Answer:  Open, of course be aware that you are using multiple repeaters and not a local simplex frequency. It is designed to provide wide area coverage for hams that normally would not be able to communicate. When possible QSY to a local repeater or simplex to minimize network traffic.
Question: Does FM38 support VOIP technology like AllStar, IRLP, Echolink?
Answer:  We use AllStar primarily for linking between repeaters that are too far for away a dedicated RF link. Anyone is welcome to connect to our AllStar Node (2495) if they so choose. If you have a need to connect to another repeater that supports AllStar call for a control operator and they can create the connection for you. Steve N9FSE and Emil N9FBF are good choices for these requests.
Question: What activities or Nets do you host?
Answer:  We have the "Sounds Good" net on Monday nights at 7PM CST, it's a net about music, audio, and audio equipment. Not the usual "ham" net but quite interesting.

Tuesday at 6PM CST we carry the "Absolute Tech Net" which normally has several hundred repeaters connected via AllStar from all over the world.
Question: What are the link or site ID's for the FM38 network?
Answer:  Milwaukee main site id courtesy beeps (most voted) Revised January 2022, in morse code letters:

Low pitch tones:

High pitch tones:

Question: What repeaters are linked to the FM38 network?
Answer:  As of 11/23/2023

443.800+ Milwaukee, WI Simulcast in Racine, New Berlin and Slinger
440.300+ Delafield, WI
442.350+ Allenton, WI This repeater is often referred to as F2 as it was the second repeater in our network.
444.600+ Fond du Lac, WI
443.625+ Oshkosh, WI
442.800+ Green Bay, WI
442.700+ Plymouth, WI
444.950+ Ripon, WI
444.500+ Baraboo, WI
444.475+ Madison, WI
441.525+ Lake Geneva, WI
444.475+ Sturgeon Bay, WI
443.625+ Janesville, WI

The FM-38 owned repeaters above require 123.0Hz CTCSS for access.

442.600+ ( 123.0 ) Trevor, WI * (WI/IL State Line Near I94) This system is owned and operated by Rick KA9VZD. Linked to FM38 from 7AM-10PM unless otherwise authorized by KA9VZD.

443.600+ ( 114.8 ) Iola, WI. This system is owned and operated by Chuck AC9F and Brian KB9ZPK. Linked via AllStar.

442.625+ ( 123.0 ) Rockford, IL This system is owned and operated by Ron W9FT. Linked via AllStar.

442.425+ ( 114.8 ) Wisconsin Rapids This system is owned and operated by W9MRA Mid-State Repeater Association. Linked via AllStar.

444.350+ (110.9) Chippewa Falls, WI. This is the W9CVA Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club repeater. Linked via AllStar.

443.575+ ( 114.8 ) Schaumburg, IL. Owned by the Motorola Amateur's Radio Club. Linked via AllStar.

444.750+ (131.8) La Crosse, WI. This is the N0EXE repeater in downtown La Crosse. Linked via AllStar.

We also link to a repeater in Texas owned by Steve WB9STH (Former Cheese Head) via AllStar.

Many additional individual nodes are also connected via AllStar.
Question: Can I use my GMRS callsign on FM38?
Answer:  No, FM38 is a Amateur Radio repeater. Amateurs technician class and higher have access to FM38. To find testing information for Milwaukee, click here