11) phone patches and autopatches should be kept as brief as possible, as a courtesy to other amateurs the amateur bands are intended to be used primarily for communication among radio amateurs. 12) if you have any doubt as to the legality or advisability of a patch, dont make it. An autopatch, sometimes called a phone patch, is a feature of an amateur radio (or other type of two-way radio) repeater or base station to access an outgoing telephone connection. Users with a transceiver capable of producing touch tones (dtmf signals) can make a telephone call, typically limited by settings in the autopatch module to be only to flat-rate numbers, such as local calls or toll-free numbers. One important feature of ham radio repeaters is called autopatch, which allows a repeater user to make a telephone call through the repeater. When you access a repeaters autopatch function, a dial tone appears on the air. The telephone and the radio will operate as if the phone patch were not in the circuit when the patch inbypass switch is in the bypass (out) position. This item is designed to be used with a control operator present, typically on an hf radio with vox circuitry. The phone patch is one thing that hams can offer to leave a positive feeling about ham radio with the public. In the 50s and 60s, long distance (particularly international long distance) phone calls were expensive. It was a trivial electronic design project to connect a telephone line to a ham radio station. A 10 phone pa y ou dont have to spend shown, no effect from rf tion shown by the dotted 40 to 90 for a phone feedback has been experi- line. This simple circuit will give perfectly adequate performance with parts purchased at your lo- cal radio shack. Personalized amateur radio service semi-tactical blue embroidered patch - made in usa. In my hometown, ron pheonix, a civil engineerradio amateur handled phone-patches & traffic in our area to local families during vietnam war. He was a good friend of barry goldwater (barrys mother was from western il) and barry had cousins in our area.