Where is everyone?
Posted 07 June 2010 - 08:01 PM
I remember many years ago the repeaters were busy, you could call and almost always get a response, now I listen for hours and hear no one.
I have had my rig on 146.52 for a week and have not heard a single person.
Posted 07 June 2010 - 09:59 PM
Many folks in my area of PA are playing with 6m and APRS.
I understand a number of folks are using Echo link.
Next time I run through your area I'll give you a call.
73, Russ - WB3FQI/KL7
Posted 09 June 2010 - 06:08 AM
Posted 09 June 2010 - 08:05 PM
OK next trip I will be on '52'. Promise
MCI102A3 Conversion, Detroit Diesel S50
Posted 09 June 2010 - 08:45 PM
Now even though we are both still licensed hams we use the cell phones, less trouble and the wife doesn't even have a HT anymore.
I have found it much harder to use the ham radios than in the past, can't just go into a new area and listen around for activity. Now by the time you look up the frequency in a directory, set the tones in the radio and call for a few minutes with no response, it's easier to just listen to some country station....
I am installing the Yaesu FT8800 in the motorhome and plan on using the HT to access it as a cross band repeater when stopped around the camp ground.
I mainly plan on having communications ability in case of an emergency, we live in a coastal area and might have to evacuate on short notice.
I plan on adding the sign in the rear window of the car and MH "we monitor 146.52"
If you see me down the road, call.
Bornfree class C and Honda Fit in tow.
Posted 10 June 2010 - 05:57 AM
Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:53 AM
It's cheap to use and no antenna is needed. No antenna is a big plus for apartment dwellers and travelers.
It's not really Ham radio to me, but it is getting very popular.
Here's a link to a repeater you can monitor online.
Broward Co, FL, D-star
Posted 14 June 2010 - 11:13 PM
73, Russ - WB3FQI/KL7
Posted 15 June 2010 - 06:13 AM
Russ- Glad to hear you got an answer when you called on 52. There still is hope!
Posted 15 June 2010 - 06:04 PM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:46 PM
We were at a rally in GA a year ago and a woman demo'd D-star with her HT and laptop.
Russ - WB3FQI/KL7
Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:24 PM
Gordon K. Cotton KD0EWM
Posted 16 May 2011 - 09:03 PM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:36 PM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:30 AM
While I used to be radio savy, ( worked in communications, sold 2 way and was FCC first phone, did microwave for the phone co etc etc) I now am behind the times when it comes to the latest gizmos. I did use packet a long time ago and will eventually figure out all the new stuff, I am not up on D-STAR. I need lots of study!!!
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:15 PM
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:58 PM
Well, Ham Radio is dying a slow death it would appear. The cell phone and the internet is killing it. To add to the problem, the old timers are much to blame, not wanting to let go of Morse Code for an entry requirement. Had this obsolete requirement had been abandoned 20 years ago like it should have been, there would likely have been 3 times the members now and thus more activity. But that is a discussion for later on. The bottom line is now, we that work the frequencies have to work harder for a contact, and in the VHF/UHF/Microwave bands on simplex, enjoy having your own frequency for your personal family use, we do. All of our kids, the wife and I are all hams and we operate on some of the less used simplex frequencies and go weeks without anyone else on the band. The problem with that is, what is not used, the FCC will take away......so like I said the great hobby of Ham Radio is dying, a sad time for sure......NQ7T
I have mixed feelings about the end of the CW requirement. Being really dyslexic I was doing well to pass the Technician requirement 35 years ago and was happy to move up to general when that went away. I do think it kept a lot of lids off the air, but certainly not all of them.
One thing for sure ham radio is alive and well in the San Francisco Bay area. We can't seem to find an open pair for a new disaster services dedicated repeater on 440 even though PAVE PAWS knocked all the local high level 440 machines off the air. After extensive research by our local CERT ham group we gave up on 2 meters, way to crowded. Now we are looking to HSMM-MESH as an alternative to the twisted pair/cell/internet. I've got a node ready to go up as soon as a pigtail cable arrives. At least the router has been flashed and tested.
I was on HF many evenings during our recent 3 month trip to Alaska and it is so nice to have the noise level at S1 or S2 at a forest campground instead of what it is around here with all the power lines and other spectrum pollution. The bands that were open were full of stations with lots of nets that welcome check-in's.
When there was no cell or WiFi available I used AirMail with the SCS PacTOR III modem for email. I don't usually monitor 52 when traveling, finding it enough to keep track of the GPS and find the next turn.
The ham we met in Homer, AK, Paul, K9PM who turned me on to Escapees also told me about The Bush Net on 7093 LSB. And before someone hollers that is CW country they do things differently in Alaska. They do take CW check-ins from the lower 49. Now I'm back in the townhouse with no HF capability but I listen in occasionally using websdr.org.
BTW: there is a neat solution to weak WiFi at RV parks in the May QST. Look up JEFA Tech. Swap in a different router and you can use the same setup for a MESH node. Won't solve slow speed between the park and the internet but it sure helps boost the signal if you are far away from the park's antenna.
73 KA6IVF with XYL KJ6CWR on the side. Also WQIP337 GMRS
Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:37 PM
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:00 AM
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:43 AM
146.520 is not the only frequency out there. A lot of the locals here in Joplin run on 146.475 and 146.550 etc.
If I am not on HF somewhere I can usually be found on 146.475 or on 144.200 USB.
I am a VE and we do testing every month and at the hamfest. We keep making more hams.
Let me know where you hang out and if I can I will try to meet you there.
EX Submarine driver