British Columbia Frequency Modulation Communications Association
The VE7RPT autopatch is equipped with a full-duplex interconnect telephone system for toll-free calling within the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, as well as Western Washington and Vancouver Island. An access code, provided to all BCFMCA members, is required to make an autopatch call. The autopatch can be accessed by transmitting the appropriate DTMF tones (access code and phone number) directly.
Remember that the autopatch is for the use of BCFMCA members only. Please do not give out the access code or any autopatch control codes!
The autopatch lets you make calls from wherever you can work the repeater to ANY number in the following area codes: 604, 778, 250, 236, 672 (BC); 360, 206, 425, 253 (Western Washington)
Once connected, you are allowed 3 minutes for your call. The controller will announce, "thirty seconds" when you have 30 seconds left on your call before it will automatically disconnect the autopatch.
Proper Usage of the Autopatch and the Repeater:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, some features of the autopatch system may be temporarily disabled from time to time.
Due to technology changes, access to 911 via the autopatch is no longer supported. With the proliferation of cell phones, and the on-going abuse problems with having 911 access enabled for general use, it has been decided that this feature will be discontinued.
Past experience has shown that many times the call-taker at E-Comm is un-able to communicate properly due to the half-duplex nature of the call, and more time is wasted trying to get the proper information communicated, than could be realized by finding an alternate means of making call.
If you are unable to find a phone to make a 911 call with, by all means, call for help on the radio, and get someone to assist you.