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Author Topic: VHF/UHF along I-5 in CA?  (Read 2175 times)
KJ6KVC
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« on: March 07, 2012, 02:39:32 PM »

I'm planning a few north-south drives between LA and SF along I-5 this year. Can anyone recommend friendly VHF/UHF repeaters I should be listening for?

Thanks in advance!

Kevin, KJ6KVC
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K6LCS
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2012, 09:15:41 PM »

From the L.A. area ...

146.520 SIMP, of course
BIG BEAR 147.330- 131.8
OAT MTN 147.705- 141.3
SULPHUR 147.320- 100.0
SULPHUR 146.880- 127.3

... and I cannot find my CA REPEATER GUIDE right now. But our organizing committees' Web sites are ...

http://www.tasma.org - for 2M
http://www.scrrba.org - 440

Clint K6LCS
http://www.k6lcs.com
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AG6WT
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012, 10:48:08 PM »

Check the list of repeaters in the Winsystem (winsystem.org). It's a collection of linked repeaters. The highest density is in LA with more than a few in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley. I see repeaters listed in Bakersfield, Fresno, and Modesto so you might have good coverage for most of the drive.

If you end up on the San Jose area, check into the N6NFI repeater (http://www.9amtalk.net/new2/?q=node/18). It is a pretty active repeater and visitors are always welcomed.
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KJ6KVC
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 12:33:58 AM »

I now have the repeater guide in hand so that will help out, too. Thank you for all the great suggestions!
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 02:08:44 PM »

I'm planning a few north-south drives between LA and SF along I-5 this year. Can anyone recommend friendly VHF/UHF repeaters I should be listening for?

Thanks in advance!

Kevin, KJ6KVC


They must have re-routed I-5 if it goes to San Francisco now. Wink
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KG6AF
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 04:08:17 PM »

If you have a Garmin nuvi GPS, you can buy a special points-of-interest software package that will show you repeater locations, frequencies, offsets, etc:

http://www.arrl.org/shop/TravelPlus-Mobile-GPS-downloadable
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AD6KA
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012, 11:47:38 AM »

I like to do what you are suggesting when driving
long distances also. (I.e. Los Angeles to Flagstaff).
In fact it's about the ONLY time I use VHF/UHF FM as
I am an HF guy but don't like big antennas on my car.

One thing I've found helpful is to carefully go over the route
BEFORE you leave, and program as many repeaters as possible along your route as possible and put them into memory. I just assign a memory number instead of entering the alphanumeric
city or location information. Then have a sheet on a clipboard
to consult. (I guess it would be easy to enter the city & town
names if you had the programming software, which I don't.)

The LAST thing you want to be doing when tired on the road,
or on the road period, is fiddling with odd splits, offsets, and
entering into memories while you are driving.

Now if you have a driving buddy who is a ham and knows
the radio, that's a different story.....assign looking for active
repeaters to HIM!  Grin
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N6AJR
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2012, 10:20:47 AM »

get your self a new alinco 220/900 mhz HT. program some of the freqs from the NC9RS system.  Lots of nice folks and most of the machines are linked, and great coverage. there are also some linked in LA so check it out,  a good used motorola HT or mobile can be had for around 100 bucks but they have to be programmed, or the new alinco DJ-G29T is a keeper.
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