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Author Topic: What is the best band for local personal communications?  (Read 13328 times)
N1BBR
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« on: August 08, 2014, 08:59:56 AM »

Hi all,
XYL and I had 2 meter mobile rigs in cars a number of years ago to check in with each other while traveling.
It would not be unusual for her to get calls from men hams listening, wanting to know who she was, where she lived etc.   
She started getting annoyed by it, so we eventually switched over to cell phones.

Now I would like to try mobile rigs again.
I'm dabbling with either 10 or 6 meters.
The distance between us when traveling is typically no more than 30 miles.

I'm not experienced in the use of either 10 or 6 meters mobile for local communications.
I was hoping I could get some Elmering advice on a solution?
Thanks in advance.
N1BBR :-]
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N0SYA
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014, 10:04:10 AM »

A local couple employs a 70cm repeater daily to discuss what grocery items need purchase, and if the mail has been picked up.
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N1BBR
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2014, 10:39:13 AM »

Thanks for the response!
Is it easy to setup ones own personal repeater?
I thought it required FCC licensing and would have to be a club station?
I wonder if that couple had a high location to setup the repeater system?
Thanks!!
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W4KYR
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2014, 11:30:55 AM »


222 Mhz
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N0SYA
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2014, 08:49:41 AM »

Thanks for the response!
Is it easy to setup ones own personal repeater?
I thought it required FCC licensing and would have to be a club station?
I wonder if that couple had a high location to setup the repeater system?
Thanks!!

Well, it's just a public use repeater so you might find one in your area and adopt it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2014, 06:41:20 AM »

Try 2 meters again.  Depending on your area, the 2 meter band is much less active than it was a few years ago.
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N1BBR
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2014, 07:13:37 PM »

thats a good idea!
Definitly worth a try...and the least investment :-]
Thanks
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KD4LLA
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2014, 10:50:36 PM »

Two repeaters near me.  One gets used during the week for an hour at most by a couple of old guys...  Other than that, it is just silence.  I'll admit I am part of the problem (?).  In 1992 I thought ham radio was new and challenging technology...  Now I got a smartphone (that I can hold in my hand) that will send text, talk, and do video anywhere on the planet.

Mike
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2014, 01:09:11 PM »

The "BEST" for personal conversations??? The SmartPhone band. Shocked and talk about DX .... I can have a good solid contact in Kuala Lumpur in 15 seconds. Grin

73 Roll Eyes just kidding
James, KF7ITG
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2014, 12:31:11 PM »

The last time I carpooled with another vehicle that had a ham radio, 70CM appeared to work slightly better than two meters.
Additionally, I was inside a building with a lot of RF attempting to hit a repeater.  Two meters was "dead", but 70CM was crystal clear.
Of course this is unscientific anecdotal evidence.
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