146.520 on the road

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by N3TDV, Sep 5, 2019.

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  1. N9RVB

    N9RVB Ham Member QRZ Page


    This is important. I always key for 3-5s even when calling on a repeater so people scanning can lock on. 10s may be better. And say what frequency you are on. Repeat it a couple times so I can get your call.

    I've ignored MANY calls when 1) my scan picks up mid transmission and I miss part or all of the call and 2) the station says they are "on frequency" or simply "listening." By the time I get my eyes on the radio it's off scanning again and I have 1) no idea who the station is or 2) what frequency/repeater they are on. This happens quite often!

    "PTT.... pause pause pause... This is N9RVB listening on 146.52 simplex, this is N9RVB listening for any callers on 146.52 simplex. over."

    I don't call out often but I'm at about 30% getting contacts along the highway...

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  2. KT4VQ

    KT4VQ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I recently drove from Atlanta, GA to mid-state Ilinois. Not a peep on 146.520 up or back. I also made trip to Kansas (almost Colorado) from Atlanta and not a peep out and back.
  3. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Seems thars not that many hams even listening on simplex to talk with anyway.
    So maybe why you aren't gettin anywhar calling.
    Don't understand why you FM guys NEVER bother to just call "CQ" like us HF guys do.
    That always gets attention esp on FM for me at least.
  4. KE0VQS

    KE0VQS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am a new ham. At home I have a Kenwood TM-281 with 9 channels programmed. 8 of those are repeaters in Western South Dakota and 6.52 in the other. I leave it on scan and three time now I have struck up a conversation with someone passing through Rapid City. My vehicle is set up similar except I have all the South Dakota and Minnesota repeaters programmed in along with several simplex. The last two trips to Minnesota I made contact with people. It really is hit or miss but I always like to try.
  5. KB0MLR

    KB0MLR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Same results from KC to FL and back, as well as KC to Quad Cities and back. Dropped my call every 10 mins for something to do.

    For the next runs I made, I did some research and popped every repeater I could find along the route into region-based files and loaded them from the laptop as soon as I came into the different metro areas. Pretty much the same results as before, although I did get a 2m aeronautical mobile somewhere in AL, and a brief QSO on my way out of Monticello, IA.
  6. N6PAS

    N6PAS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Please use 146.520 as a calling frequency! I recently traveled from N. CA to Chicago and back. Threw out my call every now and then but made very few contacts. Only once dud I hear anyone else present their call. Making better use of the frequency will make the hobby better and your community a safer place.
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  7. KJ4NUM

    KJ4NUM Ham Member QRZ Page

    This answer!
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  8. KE0YJJ

    KE0YJJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a spare BOEFENG BF-8hp radio that's only job is to monitor 146.52 and 446. I live in the country and would feel terrible if someone called out on a calling frequency and had some kind of problem and no one responded.
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  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    So make sure not to set a PL tone

  10. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think the point now days should be monitor just 52 and try to make contacts.
    If somebody else wants to use the frequency then you can QSY, I say the more the better on 52, with so little activity Nationwide now compared to what there was 25 years ago. Also the above post is right, turn your PL tone off and run open carrier.
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