146.520 on the road

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

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  1. WD4IGX

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    That might make a certain kind of sense if the simplex frequencies were busy.

    They aren't anymore, and it doesn't.
     
  2. WD4IGX

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    I got a Baofeng, the first VHF or UHF rig I've had since the 90s.

    If I didn't program it in via Chirp then I have no idea how to do it from the keyb0ard. Oh I'm sure it's POSSIBLE - but it's not like the days of setting your IC-2AT DIP switches.

    Many modern radios go beyond "not user friendly" into "positively user HOSTILE" unless hooked to a digi-thingy.
     
  3. WD4IGX

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    I tried that a few times back in the day. HIHI takes too long to send on a car horn. So does CQ or whatever. Even hams who know code don't always recognize it because it Doppler shifts as you pass anyway. Never seemed practical. Nowadays someone would think you were road raging or something.
     
  4. WD4IGX

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    Staying is better - others may hear you and join in. If people want to talk to each other and not the group or the first two ops, someone can move, no big deal. But by staying you may get a simplex round table going.
     
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  5. WD4IGX

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    If they have a problem they'll use their cell phone first, not their VHF/UHF rig.

    Assuming they have cell service of course. I know a few areas do not, and that's different.
     
  6. WD4IGX

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    If you need to contact someone, anyone, right away, then 911 on your cell phone is a vastly better idea if you have cell coverage.

    If you don't, then any repeater in range is a better idea than any simplex frequency.

    Only if a) no cell service, and b) no repeater in range, would I try calling on an FM simplex frequency in an emergency or urgent situation.
     
  7. WD8RIT

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    I've had luck driving West coast to East coast using 146.52. I've even had luck using my vertical antenna on 144.200 SSB. People are out there!!! But, when there isn't, that's when I use the HF and a screwdriver.
     
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