Amateur Radio Repeaters are NOT for free. It costs money to build, run and maintain them.
Despite what some individuals still believe, repeaters receive NO financial support from the RSGB, Ofcom, or any other official body.
Therefore funding of repeaters in general has always been a difficult issue and one that will probably continue.
Paradoxically, repeaters help fund the RSGB, through affiliation and insurance fees., etc.,
Thus, any repeaters survival typically relies on what many perceive to be the 'deep pockets' of the repeater keepers, and/or either membership subscriptions to a Repeater Group, or donations. We have always opted for the latter option, but this could well have to change in the future.
In everyday life, individuals pay for goods, services and facilities that they want access to, or need. They also donate to a cause or charity.
They do so, based on the perceived value or worth of those goods, services and facility, cause, or charity, to themselves and their ideals.
You made such a decision when you purchased the radio that you use to operate through the repeaters.
Some Amateur's subscribe to the above position and do donate, and their support is very much appreciated.
Unfortunately, there are many who use the repeaters and yet make no contribution of any kind what so ever, towards their running costs. Simply relying on the generosity of others to provide them with a facility that enhances their hobby.
If you use a repeater it obviously has some value or worth to you and you should be prepared to support it, in some way, other than just using it and telling everyone how good it is.
If we discount the efforts and generous donations of a few individuals, there would be little income to support our repeaters, and they would close.
Repeaters are NOT cheap to build, run or maintain. We need to generate around £500 a year, to cover the basic cost of Site Fees, Internet fees, Insurance, RSGB, Web Hosting, Domain renewal, and Electricity costs, with very little or no surplus for the purchase of items that may be required or for the replacement of damaged / faulty items, or for the reimbursement for those who incur expenses on behalf of the repeaters, such as fuel cost associated with trips to the sites, or Telephone, Postage or Bank costs. It all has to be paid for, some how.
From a personal prospective, I would like to see each individual who regularly uses our repeater systems, make a minimum donation of £20 per year or £5.00p per quarter. That's just over 5p a day.
Having said that, I've always indicated that, "no donation is too small or to large".
So in answer to the question, "Should I donate" the obvious answer is YES, (a) if you use any of our repeaters, and / or (b) if you want them to survive.
Donation by cheque or postal order.
We will be shortly making changes to our banking arrangements. The information for which will appear here when available.
You can currently make donations directly to the Treasurer using Cheque or Postal Orders. He can even let you have the standing order form that will allow you to pay annually or quarterly, and not even notice the payment leaving your pocket ... hi hi.
You can send your Cheque or Postal Order donations to:
Please ensure that ALL Cheques and Postal Orders are made payable to “GB3JB Repeater”, at this time.
Please also ensure that your Name and Callsign are clearly printed on the reverse.
If you have email, please include this information, so that we can confirm receipt of your donation.
If you require a more formal written receipt, please include an appropriate SAE, with your donation.
Donation via PayPal.
In due course, we will have a NEW PayPal account available. The information for which will appear here when available.
For now though our existing PayPal account is still available for you to use to make a SECURE online donation.
You can make a payment from your bank account, debit card, credit card or if you already have a PayPal account, from your PayPal account balance.
Pleasemake sure that you select the "send money to family or friends" or "donation" option, otherwise we have to pay fees, and don't get your full donated amount.
Make your donations payable to: email@example.com
This is very important. When making your donation, please use the message box, provided by PayPal; include your Name, Callsign and e-mail address, otherwise we have no idea who has made the donation and are unable to send you an e-mail confirmation of its receipt.