146.520 on the road

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

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  1. N6PAS

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    With proper respect there is NO reason to not use 652 as a calling freq. If 652 gets busy move up or down a little, if some wants in let them in, they may something to contribute.

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  2. N6PAS

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    I like to identify myself and say something like mobile and monitoring then repeat. If others are on scanners or multi watch radios they will miss your call if you go to quick. If you can put out a 15 second intro it gives them a chance to hear it. Always repeat your call. That is my suggestion.
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  3. K0UO

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  4. KJ7EFC

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    .52 is getting pretty good life again here in the Boise Idaho area. I prefer simplex myself. Repeaters are fine and I use them for nets for the most part. Point to point is just a lot more fun for me. Digital just isn't in my shack at this point. I am using an old Yeasu 726R and with its 10 watt output I can reach out pretty good. Best simplex contact has been right around 40 miles or a bit better.
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  5. KE8IWM

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    I have the two local repeaters and 146.520 programmed into my mobile. It's scanning these and other frequencies on my 40 minute commute. Sadly I almost never hear anything on the repeaters and the simplex frequency is dead silent. Many, many days I've put my call out there with no response. Some days I'm tempted to pull the rig out of the car and shelve the whole thing.
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  6. N6PAS

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    I hear you........BUT DON'T remove your radio or stop monitoring. Please keep monitoring 146.52 it is so important. I have no idea of how to get people to use it but it is important to use and monitor.
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  7. AF7JA

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  8. KJ7EFC

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    Boise Idaho and surrounding areas have made 146.52 a very busy frequency this last few months. There is a lot of people within a 5 mile radius of me that user .52 all the time to chat now. We can get out further but I am saying that there are a lot of operators within five miles of each other. We call and we chat on .52. No big deal. We stay on .52 to show it is being used as a channel now. If anyone needs the channel they just say so and they can have it to call someone. That hasn't really happened a lot though. Once or twice over the few months I have been on my radio. I am using a older Yeasu FT-726R. With Simplex on .52 I have reached out a good 30+ miles base to base on several occasions to another simplex station.
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  9. N6PAS

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    Great news.
  10. W4ADV

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    I’m a new HAM so this is all good news to me, as I’ll be sure to monitor .52 and 446.000 going West in July to Nevada from Virginia. As a new guy this thread strikes a lot of areas for me I’m still confused on. I bought a pretty complicated radio to get started with; a Kenwood TM-D710G. I love the GPS/APRS function and dual band capabilities. Still trying to learn what good uses things like cross-band repeat would serve, and why having a digital radio would matter much over the one I picked up with Echolink. I know there are dedicated Fusion or WIRES-X repeaters specifically for those types radios which I cannot access but is there THAT much more going on there? I typically hit my local repeater 147.300 here near the FEMA site and call CQ to QSO, or listen in for someone calling out. Where am I going wrong?

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