Road trips in desert southwest

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

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  1. AA5ET

    AA5ET Ham Member QRZ Page

    I carry a PLB for real emergencies (life and limb). Most PLBs have a better antenna and are more redundant than commercial offerings such as SPOT and Garmin, and don't have monthly/yearly costs other than the purchase cost and cost of maintaining the unit. Any other use of a PLB than a true emergency can land you in trouble though. The system is run by NOAA and the Air Force.
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  2. W5ESE

    W5ESE Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you're operating from in the cab of a vehicle with an HT and just using the rubber duck only, try 70cm. It's still not great, but 70cm will get out of the cab much better than 2m.
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  3. KJ7ZII

    KJ7ZII Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most UHF repeaters in central Arizona are vacant of operators and traffic.
  4. K7KBN

    K7KBN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting place to visit is Zzyzx, CA. It's a well-marked exit from I-15 north or south. Don't try it before November and not after the following March. If rain is forecast for the area ... etc. It's only a couple of miles off the freeway and one of the University of California's campuses has a "desert studies center" on premises. The last time I visited I had good cell coverage and a couple of 2M repeaters in Vegas.

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