Summer 146.520 Challenge!!

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by W8CEN, May 12, 2018.

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  1. W8CEN

    W8CEN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey hams! I have heard it all before, "146.520 is dead so I don't even monitor it". I too, have driven between Ohio and Florida many times and haven't heard a peep, even after throwing my call sign out there.

    I have a challenge for everyone. I hope many of you choose to accept it. If you think it's dumb then don't listen to it and carry on. Flaming isn't necessary. Here goes...

    With travel season coming quickly, I challenge as many people as possible to monitor and/or scan 146.520 while you are out and about, even at home. We will be camping this summer (starting in 2 weeks) in places around Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. I plan on monitoring 146.520 while traveling and while at the campground. Of course, I have a list of frequencies for local repeaters that cover Skywarn and ARES as well. Doesn't every good ham?!

    So, please, while out and about, listen to 146.520 and get some conversation going. Who knows, maybe you'll make new contacts, pass the time, save a life? Who knows!? But we won't know until we try. It's free, low tech, and maybe fun?!

    I have posted this on my personal Twitter page. Feel free to follow me @garberinc and use the hashtag #146520 to help spread the word.

    Thanks for your time and willingness to help out. You know, the ham radio waves may be dead in places, but have you thought about why? Several reasons, I suppose. But the biggest is because we aren't on them. Let's get active and light up the air this summer!

    Have fun!

    Jamie W8CEN
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  2. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Folks are much more likely to make contacts if they say something more than "K4XYZ monitoring"!

    Be a bit expansive. Sound enthusiastic in your call. Mention your location; perhaps your direction of travel or something interesting about yourself or ask a question! This works well on all those silent 2m repeaters too.
    NY6P, W7EDC, KG5ZSU and 7 others like this.
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Indeed. I even juice it up along this line: "This is Dave W7UUU listening for anyone else stuck in the I5 mess near McChord. W7UUU Monitoring"

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  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Calling CQ DX on 2 meters gets a lot of attention.
    NY6P, KG7OTL, KE0FBQ and 1 other person like this.
  5. AI7PM

    AI7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just did 2,300 miles through WY, SD, ND, WY, ID. 146.52 was not dead. That being said, it's easy for me to monitor and still play on other freqs on trips with 2 dual banders and an XPR5550.
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  6. AI7PM

    AI7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    LMAO. And you're correct.
  7. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do that on the local repeater here, Just for grins. :D

    Someone in the UK answered me once and sent me a QSL card. :)

    The Saltgrass link system originating in Texas works very good all around the world.
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  8. KQ0J

    KQ0J XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Just a tip - a lot of us scan 25 to 50 channels when in the shack. If you put your call out there - hold the key open for 2 or 3 seconds - then talk, give your call multiple times and note if you are looking for a contact. Then identify the frequency you are on so we can call you back. A location is also helpful for those of us with beams -" KQ0J mobile eastbound on I-80 mile 344, anyone around on .52 for a quick QSO ? Kq0j listening 52. "
    NY6P, KG5ZSU, K4MMJ and 6 others like this.
  9. AG6QR

    AG6QR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Just this afternoon, I was running errands with my mobile rig turned on and scanning through my normal list of frequencies, including some repeaters and 146.52. A hiker with an HT on a local ridge called out a CQ on 146.52, and I answered. We had a nice short chat, but it ended as I drove over a different ridge, putting too much dirt between us to maintain contact effectively.

    Not 30 seconds after we signed off, I heard a different ham, not calling CQ, but calling one of his friends on 146.52.

    The frequency almost felt crowded.
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  10. WB9RBS

    WB9RBS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi All,

    We have put over 9,000 miles over the past two years on our RV, travelling between Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and all points in-between. My call sign and 146.52 are prominently displayed on the back of the RV, in the event any hams moving faster than my lane-clogging 65mph, pass and decide to give me a shout.
    I've made many, many calls out, especially when in more populated areas, and have yet to have any QSO's.
    I did hear two hams talking to each other while we were passing through Tulsa a few weeks ago, but the signals were too weak for me to join in.
    Hmmm, maybe it's time to go back to 40 mtrs mobile!
  11. W4JFA

    W4JFA Ham Member QRZ Page

    That works. I've had many QSO's on 146.52 doing this very same thing. If you get nothing try again in a minute or so.
  12. K9ASE

    K9ASE XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've had 4 already today with folks heading to Dayton
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  13. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I find someone on .52 from time to time while traveling but I spend most of my time on HF when mobile. I don't have any trouble finding someone to talk to there.

    John WD5IKX
  14. KC5SAS

    KC5SAS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have heard it all before, "146.520 is dead so I don't even monitor it"

    Dude, whoever tells you that is not radio active. 52 simplex is not dead, hasn't been dead, never died. The only people who say it is are people who are using substandard antennas in valleys, surrounded by pine trees, on low power, inside the house and who turn the radio on once a week, throw their call out, wait 30 seconds and turn the radio back off.
    There's plenty of activity on 52. There are even nets held every week here on that frequency.
  15. N7WR

    N7WR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    146.52 is always monitored when I am mobile or doing something at home on my computer (like now). Frankly on multi-state trips in my SUV I often hear more activity and make more contacts on .52 than on local repeaters. In my mobile I also scan the 440, 6 meter and 10 meter simplex channels but, sadly, hear little activity even when there are openings on 6 & 10

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