The way we manage amateur radio repeater coordination is broken and it’s hurting both hams and the public we serve. The only way to fix it is to start over—this time requiring those who want what amounts to exclusive use of a valuable frequency pair in a given geography to prove they deserve it.
Repeater groups that provide valuable public service have nothing to fear from this proposal. Indeed, it should enhance their ability to provide emergency communications and training.
Those who run closed repeaters, are squatting on pairs that aren’t actually being used, or operate repeaters that are devoid of users need do better job or start packing.
Amateurs who think they can do a better job of running a repeater than whoever has the pair now (or in the future) should have the chance to either prove it and get the frequency themselves or force the incumbent to do a better job of serving the community.
(Note: This piece was written three years ago and even I don’t agree with all of it now. Intended as a discussion-starter only).