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Author Topic: 2 meter band , in tucson, az  (Read 5200 times)
2M_MAN
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« on: July 08, 2002, 03:59:04 PM »

IM getting a mobile radio and putting it in my house w/ a 10ft vertical antenna . THE antenna will be a top my house w/ is about 20/25ft tall. THE radio is 55 watts , how far will i be able to contact usuing simplex? how far usuing a reapeater atop MT.Lemmon which is 10,000ft ? I want to talk to sorrounding states will i be able to with this radio?
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2002, 05:30:30 PM »

> how far will i be able to contact usuing simplex?

Somewhere between 25 and 75 miles in most cases.
Asking 'how far will my radio talk' is kinda like
asking 'how fast will my car go'. There are so many
variables there is no telling.

> I want to talk to sorrounding states will i be
> able to with this radio?

On its own simplex or through a single repeater,
probably not.

There are some great linked repeaters in the southwest,
however. (New Mexico has an awesome system of linked
repeaters.) With a linked repeater, you may be able to
talk into your neighboring states. Of course, there is
most certainly an IRLP, EchoLink or some other internet
linked repeater in your area so you should be able to
talk around the world with your radio.

If you haven't already visited this Arizona repeater
listing page...

http://www.azrepeaters.net/

...you may want to. They have an excellent listing
of your area's repeaters.

Matt (k4mls)
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2002, 01:53:23 AM »

SO like 25-75 miles usuing simplex, How far w/ the repeater on top of Mt.Lemmon which is 10,000ft?


IS there N E way i could contact near by states usuing a 2m radio? tell me how
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2002, 06:56:00 PM »

> SO like 25-75 miles usuing simplex, How far w/the
> repeater on top of Mt.Lemmon which is 10,000ft?

My guess would be 50 to 150 miles. If you put that
repeater half way between you and the other station,
you can double your distance. More or less.

> IS there N E way i could contact near by states
> usuing a 2m radio? tell me how

The best way I can think of is to put yourself
within 25 to 75 miles of the state to which you
want to talk. If you want to talk futher than
simples on two meters, you have to user repeaters,
links or satellites.

Matt (k4mls)
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2002, 07:08:07 PM »

Arizona has some great repeaters, Mt Lemmon in Tucson, and White Tanks in Phoenix among the best, also heliograph peak. From a home station, a big antenna is almost superfluous - you can work the repeater with an HT, or you can't. mobile and portable are where the adventure comes in. Join one of the clubs - MARC or TRA. I lived in Tucson many years back (1974-79) and got my intro to 2 meters there - I was W7HSS at the time. For interstate linking, the action is on 220MhZ - check out the condor system. You need a SW US repeater directory - the one compiled by N6BVU and WD6DIH is available ham stores in in LA - it may be available in Tucson.  Good luck!
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