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Author Topic: Does anyone scan simplex calling frequencies?  (Read 7725 times)
NA4IT
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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2016, 07:39:32 AM »

We have a number of hams in McMinn County TN that use 146.490 regularly.
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N1CX
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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2016, 03:22:09 AM »

.52, .55, 147.555, every time I drive. I made 2 qso last week on simplex. I prefer it. It's amazing how many don't use it.
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ONAIR
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« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2016, 06:39:58 AM »

Activity seems to have picked up on simplex.  Got all the frequencies programmed in!   Smiley
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KB1ODG
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« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2016, 02:46:26 PM »

You probably aren't going to hear anything on 146.520 simplex if you're
listening on 147.520, unless you have a Baofeng...

Yes that was a typo.
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WA7SGS
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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2016, 07:54:59 PM »

The national calling frequencies for 2m/440 are in my TM-281's memory, which is set to scan unless it is QSO time.  Also included are the local simplex frequencies of interest for emcomm.  Activity level is low but when an out of towner comes through, I have enjoyed some nice chats on simplex.  It would be nice to see 146.52 be monitored in all areas and used by traveling amateur radio operators.   It is easier than dealing with the vagaries of repeater information which is not always accurate and add to that not knowing which if any region's repeaters are the gathering spot for locals.

Rick
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K8AXW
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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2016, 09:05:30 AM »

I have my Who-Flung-Dung HT set up to monitor the local repeater and .52 simplex simultaneously.  Quite often I will start a QSO on the repeater freq and then switch over to the .52 to continue the QSO, freeing up the machine.  Although that really isn't necessary because repeater operation around me is lower than CW operating!

I will also be able to hear the call of anyone coming through town on .52.  (Which has never happened) 
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WB4M
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2017, 08:22:06 AM »

I have 2 meter, 440, 10 and 6 meter simplex calling frequencies programmed.  I also have 10 and 6 meter repeater frequencies programmed.  I hear the most activity on 10 meter repeaters, otherwise, mostly silence.
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WS1MH
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« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2017, 07:48:32 AM »

I like to hike. I usually call on 146.52 on my HT when I get to a summit or halfway point. On 2 meters I usually get a prompt call in return.

I have never received one single response on 460.000.

FWIW, I like simplex. Point-to-point is what it's all about. Also use a great circle program to figure out the distance to my QSO. Current hiking record is 58.4 miles running 5 watts with my HT.
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« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2017, 10:58:00 AM »

And just like on the 6 and 2M weak signal CW/SSB portions of the bands you will miss a lot of stuff by just listening to or monitoring only the calling frequencies.

Sounds like a perfect excuse to set up a dedicated receiver/bandscope for each band  Smiley
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WA0QIT
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« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2017, 11:53:12 AM »

 Since I jam a "scanner", I usually  use all 10 or 20 memory banks that my rigs have.  On the banks that I use for just ham repeaters for the different areas in which I travel, I keep six or seven of the most common simplex frequencies in that bank. But when I scan as I travel, those simplexs are "locked out" (skipped) as too often I'll encounter a birdie, some local RF, or some noise from heaven-knows-what, that certainly aren't words or conversation, just some irritating noise momentarily loud enough to break squelch.

On the  other hand, if I make contact with someone on a repeater and the input is strong enough to work Simplex, I can just twist the knob and tune to the appropriate simplex frequency because it is already programmed in.  In answer to your question, I guess the short answer is I have instant access to those simplex frequency's but don't actively scan them at home or in the car.
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AD5TD
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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2017, 10:29:45 AM »

Only 146.52, 146.55
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WB8LBZ
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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2017, 03:21:57 PM »

 I have 146.43, 146.46, 146.49, 146.52, 146.55 and 146.58 on the 2 Meter side of the radio. I will sometimes hear a QSO move off the repeater to 52 and I will follow it. Driving to the 2016 Midland Hamfest we had a nice 52 QSO in Odessa, TX while on I-20. We had a 52 QSO on I-10 near Van Horn on the way back to El Paso. I will see an APRS station mention they are monitoring 52 and check to see if I can catch them.

Larry  WB8LBZ
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K4JJL
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« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2017, 09:08:47 AM »

You probably aren't going to hear anything on 146.520 simplex if you're
listening on 147.520, unless you have a Baofeng...

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FORMER_K2OOL
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« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2017, 08:56:36 PM »

I listen and scan any analog frequency,I am boycotting digital totally. Grin
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