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How I Spent My Fall Vacation

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by K4JDH, Oct 14, 2021.

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  1. K4JDH

    K4JDH Ham Member QRZ Page

    So we planned a grand tour of the eastern US. The XYL agreed to allow a real radio instead of a handheld. I put two used drier sheets down and installed my best mag-mount, God help me if the paint got scratched. I attached the TM-V71 to the cupholders with wire and away we went. I made seven 2M simplex contacts with only one confirmed so far. I expected more activity on the interstates. Once we got to southern Maine I setup the second band to scan the marine frequencies. Ship traffic gets a little salty but then they are sailors, ha ha. All in all a great trip.
     
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  2. NE3R

    NE3R Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been working from home most days since March 2020 which has yielded many more 2 meter FM simplex contacts than I would have made otherwise since I can sit here with the radio listening to 146.52 while I'm at the computer. If I'm not in the middle of something for work, I can take a couple of minutes to respond and have a QSO.
     
  3. WB2WIK

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    Sounds like a fun time.

    When I have made long auto trips with some intention (not the primary one) to make contacts on VHF-UHF (FM simplex) I always charted a course that would take me to hilltops to expand the horizon. In southern ME, at least a trip up Mt. Agamenticus (not so high, not out of the way, but a great shot down the coast to populated areas). Farther up the ME coast, a little side trip up Cadillac Mountain, which is in Acadia National Park so it's an interesting place to visit and very elevated above the coast; from up there I could work from Montreal down to Long Island, NY while parked with a whip, on 146.52. There's "always activity" when your radio horizon is hundreds of miles.:)
     
  4. K4JDH

    K4JDH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I tried from Cadillac and got static. Mt. Washington may have been productive but we didn't have a day to spare. It was interesting that I did better way out in the weeds compared to metro areas but then repeaters rule there.
     
  5. WB2WIK

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    I'm amazed Cadillac Mountain was a dud for you.

    I've been there three times and all three the simplex VHF-UHF frequencies were jammed with signals on top of each other...but since almost nobody lives close by (I guess Yarmouth or Halifax, NS are the closest actual cities -- and they use 146.52 and such, too) most of the signals were from 100+ miles away.

    Last trip there I worked a mobile in Montreal! He was running 50W to a whip, as was I. That's a long path over a bunch of mountains, but it works from there.
     

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