Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by N6OPS, Dec 26, 2019.
What to you recommend to install into a personal vehicle for disaster relief support.
Icom 706mk2/mk2g and a hustler trapped antenna. Then you've got it all.
It’s very regional when it comes to digital. Which mode? DSTar, DMR, Fusion, P25 etc. Find out what is used most. A dual band 2/440 is most flexible, added options depend on where you are.
in a disaster, it makes sense to be able to communicate using as many modes as possible. Personally I prefer analog for disaster use, but having the ability to use digital if required certainly would not hurt. The only problem I have with digital modes for Em-Com is that they are proprietary and there are several incompatible modes out there. Analog doesn't have that problem.
Problem is there are too many digital voice modes, you would need several radios.
In SW Michigan DStar radios are in the Hospitals and EOCs. I vote 2m/70cm analog + digital. That said, my cell phone will probably work.
i would like to see D Star take off . . I hate DMR and Fusion is such a small number than it doesn't seem to register.
DMR can't be programmed without a computer. Repeaters and TGs seem to be in a constant state of flux.
Fusion was OK but I really disliked every Yaesu 2m/70cm rig I have owned. Sold them all.
agreed. That is why an Analog capability is an absolute must-have. Then if the local systems use a digitial mode, that is the one to use as well.
Depending on what you are looking to do, I would contact the emergency management coordinator in your area and see what their needs are.