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Author Topic: ATV (offroad), camping & Repeaters  (Read 316 times)
KD7RMU
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« on: May 28, 2002, 09:50:43 PM »

Hi,

I am a new Ham & could use some help in figuring out what to do.

I decided to start in this because I wanted a way to communicate during ATV riding. We go 25 or more miles from any populated areas, & there are no roads either.
Needless to say, communication is important out here.

I have a Kenwood THG71A HT that will put out 5 watts & I am able to reach other riders via Simplex, & can receive the repeaters but I can't transmit. I am using 2 meters.

However, in an emergency, I can't reach the repeaters to call for help. The 2 repeaters in the area are 35 & 51 miles away, & I am in the mountains, & sometimes deep canyons.
I was thinking of adding an amplifier & a whip antennae, but my question is does anyone have a suggestion for an amplifier? How much power would I need? Cell phones & CB radios are not going to cut it out here.
Thank you in advance for your replies.
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N1KCG
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2002, 08:29:30 AM »

You are going to have problems no matter what.  I would suggest turning your truck (or car) into a REPEATER.  That way you could park the vehicle in a strategic area, and transmit to your vehicle, with a re-transmit to whatever frequency you need.

I do not have suggestions for any specific radios, but I know this REPEATER setup has been done.
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