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Road trips in desert southwest

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KJ7UBV, May 21, 2021.

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  1. KJ7UBV

    KJ7UBV Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I have a tendency to waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy overthink stuff sometimes to the point of madness. :D:D:D
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  2. ND5Y

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  3. N0TZU

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    Can you give an example of a PLB that charges fees?

    All the ones I know of use the international SARSAT 406 MHz distress system which doesn’t charge fees to end users. This is the same system used in boats, ships and aircraft, not the satellite communicators like InReach and Spot which use the Iridium or Globalstar LEO satellites.
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  4. K0UO

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    Get the Repeater book app

    Just select repeaters along your route copy them and drop them in the RT program/ very easy
    There are many long range mountain top and linked repeaters in your area.
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  5. WQ6N

    WQ6N Ham Member QRZ Page

    A while back I purchased a ARRL CD
    If you can find one it still is a great resource. I believe you can make updates to the db. One can plan a trip and set up the desired repeaters ahead of time. Too bad they discontinued the product.
    For me, I enjoy mobile HF. However, the family does not want to listen to all that noise on the road so a single bluetooth (or wired) earphone is suggested to keep the peace. I use a screwdriver antenna with a auto-tuner for hands free tuning. There are folks that do listen to the simplex freq's. The truckers still use 11m if you really get into a bind. Keep it simple, take lots of water, common sense stuff.
    GPS and a laptop powered by 12VDC adds to the fun. Keep your eyes on the road of course and don't watch those flashing white lines going by for too long....hi.
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  6. K6EEN

    K6EEN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Satellite phone with a basic plan.
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  7. N7WR

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    I have driven all over the desert southwest. When mobile I always monitor (and periodically call) on 146.52. Very, very little activity and I think the chances of a ham being on .52 in an area where there is no cell coverage are slim. My answer when in such remote areas is to carry my personal locator device (in my case SPOT). Yes they cost a little bit of $$ (not much actually) but being Satellite based you always have a way to send messages
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  8. KO4ESA

    KO4ESA Ham Member QRZ Page

    APRS phone app
    RepeaterBook app
    The apps will give you some idea of how much radio activity is in the area.
    I agree with all the excellent advice you’ve been given.
    General license will give you more frequency privileges.
    Have fun on your travels.
  9. AE4CH

    AE4CH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Being new to this hobby I am learning more and more about mobile operation. Yesterday my friend and I experimented in our cars with identical Yaesu FT3DR HT, on MHz, simplex. I used a magnet mount short antenna by Diamond. He was rubber on-radio antenna only. He couldn't transmit to me at all, but could hear me fine. We moved to a local repeater, with the same result. Inside or outside of the car...same thing. Obviously a HT with a short antenna on the radio won't work as well as a mobile antenna, we all know that. But, for your situation, it would seem necessary to really figure out the right mobile antenna for your rig. I imagine with a good antenna reaching repeaters would be possible.
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  10. K6EEN

    K6EEN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've carried a SPOT for about 10 years when off road (hiking, dirt bikes, whatever). I also take a small analog FM HT, but the SPOT leaves a "breadcrumb" trail automatically on the private web tracking page. Great tool.
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