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Author Topic: Driving cross country - repeaters  (Read 1848 times)
W0ALE
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« on: June 19, 2013, 05:45:40 AM »

I'm planning a trip from CO to PA.  I'm hoping to pre-program some stuff so I don't have to mess with it on the road.  Is there an easy way to find out what 2m/70cm repeaters are along a route?  I have the repeater directory and can figure it out that way, but I was just wondering if there was a site or something that overlayed repeaters on a map.  I figure someone else has already figured this out!

Thanks,

Dave W0ALE
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 06:15:24 AM »

The ARRL TravelPlus program works well for just this situation.  You set the radius of the search and, what bands you are interested in, then click along the route, to create a list, of repeaters, that can be loaded into your radio, using the appropriate memory control software

http://www.arrl.org/shop/TravelPlus-for-Repeaters-CD-ROM/
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K8AXW
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 06:15:57 AM »

Dave, I'm sorry I can't be more specific but a few years ago I had a software program that plotted a route from point A to point B.  The main option was it would provide a list of repeaters along the route.  

For example, if you planned a route from CO to PA the map provided would show the Start to Finish route and a list of repeaters that were located at the various towns and cities along the route.

I then programmed the radio for these repeaters with the appropriate tone access frequencies.

Perhaps a Google search to see if this software is still available would be in order..... or perhaps a call to ARRL might be beneficial.

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K8AXW
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 06:17:51 AM »

RUL:  THAT'S it!  Works great.  Glad to hear it's still available!!
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W0ALE
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 06:50:52 AM »

Awesome, thanks!
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K0YQ
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2013, 06:50:27 AM »

I make the same CO-PA trip a few times annually.  Like the 70 drive but the 80 is shorter for me.  I always keep my 2m mobile parked on 520 and sadly hardly ever hear a peep.  Does anyone use 2m calling frequency anymore?

Safe travels!
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AC2KV
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2013, 08:16:50 AM »

Not sure if it happened because it was the day before field day, but yesterday on my 18 mile commute home I heard 2 stations calling CQ on 146.52 which I just programmed to be scanned in my mobile rig. Had 2 solid QSO's during the trip home. I was pleasantly surprised.
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NO2A
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2013, 09:02:52 AM »

Hello Dave,if you google W3WAN (wide area network) you`ll find repeaters that cover the entire state of PA,linked system. Well worth checking out.
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K0JEG
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2013, 06:10:25 AM »

If you have an Android phone, check out the Repeater Directory app:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.arrl.repeaterdirectory&hl=en

It's in Beta until the end of July. No word on pricing yet.
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AD6KA
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2013, 01:26:00 PM »

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I'm hoping to pre-program some stuff so I don't
have to mess with it on the road.

A few years ago I did this for the monotonous
drive from Southern California to Winslow, Arizona.
("It's a girl my Lord, in a flatbed Ford,
slowin' down to take a look at me......")  Grin
Programmed in almost 20 2m and 440 repeaters.

Once I got outside the Metro L.A. Area.....nothing.
Got into lots of machines, but nobody to talk to.
Maybe it was the (very) rural route of those highways.

Maybe things are different in other areas of the country.
But this has been my general experience with VHF/UHF
repeaters in the Southwest part of the country. Now
when I drive long distances (rare these days) I stick with HF.
73, Ken  AD6KA
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