Discussion in 'On the Road' started by N3TDV, Sep 5, 2019.
Contact in Moab today.
I drove through Moab the day before yesterday. I made a contact on the 2 M repeater that covers that area. I also tried .52 with no takers. I was returning to Oregon from Colorado. In the 2400 miles I drove on the week long trip I heard nothing on .52 which is unusual. Unlike past trips however when the repeaters along the way were silent I made a number of contacts on various repeaters in CO, UT, ID and OR.
I monitor 146.520 on 2 different radios at the home station, and also scan 52 on my mobile.
I live 1.5 miles from the Appalachian Trail (AT), and also there are two campgrounds within the same distance. I mainly scan in case anybody needs info or help. I haven't had any emergencies, but I've talked to a few campers, and hikers in the area. There's also a few locals who use 52 to ragchew on every now and again. Get on 52 and make some noise. 73
Why I despise the ARRL. .52 should actually be more like Unicom for aircraft. The ARRL are whores for money plain and simple. They cannot be trusted.
I monitor 146.52 all the time in my vehicle and actually it has gotten me out off couple traffic jams while on highways by fellow hams.
Try searching youtube for "2Meter Crew" I live in the San Francisco bay area and almost every weekend this guy travels to the top of nearby peaks with his "saggy yagi" he calls it. I hear him all the time. He has made contacts up to 200+ miles away. California's central valley helps the high elevation signals travel pretty darn far north/south wise. 146.52 he uses and sometimes 446.000. Usually a new video every week or so. I always give him a shout out when I hear him.
I get annoyed at the local repeater. The club local repeater (rural) has a ton of people who moved over from CB and have very little ham etiquette. When one tries to help them, it is a barrage of slams about being "old and stuck in the old ways", etc. I'm hardly that, I promote new (working on learning new digital modes now) and am trying new things as I can. Bottom line is that I have been totally turned off to repeaters. I cringe every time I hear someone on a repeater say "wow! you are all 20 over!" Repeaters digitally tied over the internet are a challenge creating, but hardly a challenge to consider "DX". "I talked to India the other night." Me, "oh yeah, what band?" Them, "The 2 meter DX repeater". Me, " cool! How many watts?" Them " ALL 50 of them!" So then we start thinking, what happens when a government shuts down that pipe? What happens if the "web" goes down? Can an Amateur even operate simplex? Where do you go to make a contact in an emergency in an unfamiliar place? If one doesn't practice, one won't be ready. Been a bit disappointed in what I've heard over the last few years. I hope it's just this neck of the woods, but many that pass through our little town, know that I'll be monitoring "52" no tone.
Become a member and make your wishes known. Calling names is more likely to get you ignored than accepted.
when you assume.....
Brand new to the hobby and have tried giving my call out on .52 a few times now, why do you think people say don't use it for everyday chat?