03-06-2009, 09:38 PM
I'm another newbie. I have a TH-22AT hand held with 5 watts maximum transmission power. I'm looking in to getting a mobile one day, is there a device that will link the HT to the mobile so that the transmission gets boosted through the mobile than to the repeater? I hope I articulated my question enough. Thanks
03-06-2009, 11:41 PM
There are mobile rigs out there that can be used as crossband repeaters - that is, your HT comes in on UHF and is retransmitted on VHF, and the VHF signal from the repeater is repeated on the UHF side. This way, you can park your car in an advantageous place and use the radio to repeat your HT down to the VHF repeater. There are also HT's out there that will do this, but I would not recommend them.
There is a substantial issue here, though. Legally, all transmitters have to be identified. When you transmit on UHF, you can ID both your handheld and the crossband repeater in that direction. But, when the repeater retransmits the signals on UHF, it does not ID the transmitter. You can get around this by periodically transmitting on the 2 meter side and IDing. Some of the new Kenwood rigs have an IDer function built in.
Now, your TH-22 is a monoband 2 meter rig . Unless you are trying to talk to a UHF repeater, there is no way this will work with a crossband repeater.
You could also build a crossband repeater of your own from separate radios and the proper control hardware.