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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby rlown » Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:33 am

Thanks, Shawn. very helpful. So my GMRS radio should be able to use certain channels to maybe hit a repeater if i'm in the appropriate proximity?


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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby Shawn » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:49 pm

Well, sort of. If you have a GMRS radio already, you likely know that the GMRS repeaters are mostly private and/or a paid for affair. I have heard that there are some freebie GMRS repeaters but don't know what kind of "baggage" they come with.

While I haven't checked to be sure, I think the number of available ham repeaters would far exceed the number of available GMRS repeaters (hams are nerds and will put a radio wherever possible).

Given these circumstances, I would think the opportunity to actually communicate when needed would be seriously restricted to a few if any.

You can see where this is leading Russ, getting a ham license is pretty easy these days and cost about 10 bucks. :D
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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby AlaskaIsCold » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:31 am

I have a Yaesu VX8DR that I keep on hand in case of emergencies.
When I happen to summit a peak I turn it on 2m calling freq. Since most of the places I reach are in the back country my tiny 5 watts FM transmission doesn't reach very far.
I have yet to have a contact.
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