Cross Country trip on Amtrak DMR question..

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by WB2GLW, Aug 14, 2017.

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  1. WB2GLW

    WB2GLW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would like to take a HT on a cross country trip.. I am not versed in DMR.. Will it find a repeater as I travel like a cell phone.. What is the best radio,,, I am on a fixed income.. so I would have to find maybe a used radio that I could carry on my bag.. Like a Motorola.. Might be able to get a used unit and have it programmed for the trip,


    Mike, WB2GLW
  2. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've taken an HT along to listen to the train crews and never heard repeater traffic. You might be able to hit a local repeater at a station stop and probably not while traveling through the boonies as long distance trains often do.
  3. AF5SX

    AF5SX Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you can keep a cell phone signal on your trip, and IF you can get the system mated with your phone, there is always thr sharkRF Openspot.
    It needs a router (TPLink820N..$20 at Walmart).
    This setup serves as your own personal repeater since, with DMR, all you need to do is get your signal out there.

    I, myself, have the system and 5 DMR radios. But, I cannot get the blasted router to link with my phone. (iPhone7)

    Bill; AF5SX

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