This page contains answers to the questions most asked of NESMC.
You can also find additional information in our documents section.
What does a
frequency coordinator do?
There is a common misperception in the amateur
community that frequency coordinators are "in charge
of" the amateur bands. This simply is not
true. The frequency coordinator serves two distinct
- When an individual or group wants to install a
new repeater, control link, auxiliary link, or
other large-user operation on a relevant amateur
band, the frequency coordinator carefully
researches the request, based on the groups
specified power levels, location, and other
factors relative to current users on the band.
Then suggests, based on the research, a
frequency of operation which will not interfere
with other existing or proposed installations.
The recommendation of the coordinator always
comes with a caveat: a new coordination is always
in a trial period for six months. This
allows for any unanticipated circumstances which
end up causing interference. When this occurs,
the coordinator can withdraw or modify the
original suggested coordination.
- The frequency coordinator also
maintains a database of existing installations.
This database is much more than the simple
"repeater directory" listings with which
most amateurs are familiar. The
coordinator's database contains thousands of
entries including control links, auxiliary links,
digital-mode operations, and other users on the
band. For those modes for which coordination is
provided, each entry is marked as to whether it
is a coordinated operation, in the trial period,
or uncoordinated. In some cases, this data is
sent to other parties to help resolve
It is not the function of the frequency coordinator
to arbitrate frequency use disputes. Though the
coordinator might assist in the resolution of a problem,
it is up to the two parties having the dispute to resolve
the issue on their own, or seek an arbitrator such as an
official observer (OO) or, as a last resort, the FCC to
resolve the problem.
How do frequency coordinators
When an opening is available, NESMC will publish an announcement
on its website and in other public forums for a minimum of thirty days. Any individual
eligible as a NESMC member will be considered. Selection is based solely on an individual's
experience and abilities as determined by the interview process. Interested
individuals should follow the instructions on that page. NESMC will interview
qualified applicants and select one. All others will be given an explanation as
to how the decision was made.
How do the NESMC directors get
Candidates for NESMC directors are
nominated then elected by the general membership at
regular NESMC meetings. Any individual who is duly licensed by the FCC
and resides in the NESMC service area may become a member.
How many directors directors are there?
There are TWO directors for each ARRL section in the NESMC service area. Directors must reside in the section which they represent.
Why aren't Connecticut and Vermont
NESMC does not provide coordination services in Connecticut or Vermont. These states are serviced by different coordinators. NESMC
maintains relationships with these groups and uses their
data in providing coordination functions which affect
these areas. Likewise, these groups use NESMC data in
coordinating repeaters in their areas.