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Which repeaters should I put into my hand held radio?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Jul 7, 2018.

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  1. KF9L

    KF9L Ham Member QRZ Page

    Easy as the ones you can hit from where your at
  2. WQ8M

    WQ8M Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is a FABULOUS idea. The technology has existed for years to make this happen. I mean what are the manufacturers waiting for??? !!!
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  3. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think that "wide area" and linked repeaters are the first ones to program into your radio.

    Usually in each region there are repeaters which are considered wide area (or similar description), because they are usable for longer distances than other nearby repeaters. This is mostly because they are located on favorable high terrain or on a very tall tower.

    There are also repeaters which are linked with other repeaters into a system that covers a larger area than a single repeater could ever cover. Often these are also wide area repeaters.

    Repeaters with either of both of these characteristics are usually the most likely to be within range, and also usually the most likely to have other hams listening and active. Of course, there are exceptions and sometimes small local repeaters are the best for a particular location for various reasons.
  4. PE1CHL

    PE1CHL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I find that confusing. Chirp uses serial communication. While on many handhelds the serial communication is done via the microphone and headphone sockets (using a special cable to connect it to an RS232 or USB port), I don't think the actual analog function of those sockets is used. Maybe only on some specific model?
  5. PE1CHL

    PE1CHL Ham Member QRZ Page

    E.g. when visiting the Netherlands, program PI2NOS (430.125 +1.6) and you have mobile coverage almost all over the country on a single frequency.
    (co-channel diversity system with 4 transmitters and >20 receivers)
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  6. AA1PR

    AA1PR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why bother with repeaters
    most times if you are new to an area or they dont know you , you are avoided
    you can throw out your call, and 2 minutes later bob calls joe, they chat, you listen
    you call 1 of them and they never respond
    let alone the fact that most repeaters are just DEAD
    get into dmr and take your brandmeister hotspot with you and you will have all your favorite talkgroups as you travel
    this is the best option
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  7. NU4R

    NU4R Ham Member QRZ Page

    If the HT one purchases is an HT you CAN NOT program without "CHIRP"...we all know which HT's they are... that's your own darn fault for not wanting to spend more than $25.00 for an HT. On the other hand, if you find the INABILITY to program an HT "on-the-fly" simply because you were too darn dependent on doing anything and everything with a computer, that OM is a fault even larger than decision to purchase a $25.00 HT.

    If you can't program an HT on-the-fly you might just as well take up golf...or fishing. This fat-bellied hobby is not for you.
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  8. NU4R

    NU4R Ham Member QRZ Page are 100% correct Mike! And, I've LITERALLY had better luck in a newly traveled area with a CB on channel 19 getting someone to yak with. All I have to say is "Breaker 19, anyone around?" That's all it takes! But, on an in-range repeater...I'll refer back to your own comment every time!

    It's a trend that MUST change...and we all know why!

    73 Mike and have a great week! NU4R
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  9. W8AAZ

    W8AAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hate to be a downer, but I have answered some hams passing thru the area, and they say something like, you are the first person to answer since I left NJ, Tennessee, etc. etc. And even at that, I hardly ever monitor anymore. So the fact that the ARRL is working on HF for techs might be of some help there, at least of retention of the more interested new ops. As I cannot fathom getting a license, then paying for some VHF radio, and listen to nothing all the time, and staying in the hobby. I too suspect those that just want to yack may switch back over to CB radio and t0ss the HT in a drawer for emergencies that never seem to happen. I turn on the HF rig more than the 2M for quite some time now. I have not tried the digital voice modes. As since I cannot listen in before dropping a wad on a capable radio, there is no incentive there. That used to be an incentive to get into ham or upgrade, you could eavesdrop on the guys talking that you could not talk to.
    KG5EWK, AA1PR and KD8DWO like this.
  10. K6LCS

    K6LCS Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    If in Southern California, I have found sixty or so repeater systems that welcome hams of all
    expertise: whether a newbie or a seasoned old-timer (grin).

    That list is posted on the DOCS page at

    Clint Bradford
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