There's a lot of 222 MHz FM activity here in southern CA.
Normally, a "listening" announcement on the simplex frequency of 223.50 will bring a response most times, just like on 146.52 (2m).
But not with a hand held and rubber duckie antenna.
25W to an elevated home station antenna will do it; or 25W to a good mobile whip like a Larsen on the vehicle roof will also do it.
We use 222 MHz as our "liaison" frequency for all Rover operations in southern California, and everybody knows that so they jump in and join us to work the Rovers as they travel from grid to grid. But any old time there's always people using the band (on FM).
SSB-CW activity is sparse unless there's a contest or some unusual event.
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