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I've been a "member" of AMRRON for a number of years...there used to be an HF (80 or 40 meters depending on time of year) net on Sunday nights with net control coming out of Georgia. They also do digital nets which I have monitored but never actively participated in. Propagation for the 80/40 SSB nets was not so good though maybe it has or will get better with sunspots finally climbing.I just spent the last three hours reading the AMRRON site..
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Because the Coast Guard will send an attack helicopter if they catch youGiven the relative ubiquity of marine vhf radios, particularly in coastal areas, why aren‘t they part of the net infrastructure?
BTW, I was kidding about the attack helicopter,
Seems that AMRRON has been bumped from their provider...every time I try to log in, I get this:I have been a nominal member of this for some years and they have some good information on their site...Sometimes I think they might be a bit tin foilish (perhaps not, now that we are where we are in time) but I used to participate in their 40 and 75 meter nets. I haven't for a while because of propagation issues but that seems to be getting better.
Repeater can go up to 50 watts, so if positioned appropriately, should work, assuming the repeater remains available.GMRS Repeaters? Considering GBRS to stay in touch with family members about 12 miles away. Would access to a GMRS Repeater get me there?
I'm not super up to date on GMRS rules, but if you used directional antennas on those repeaters, that might buy you some range as well. I think you need to register repeaters and they become somewhat public, but I don't know how much of a problem that would be in real life.Repeater can go up to 50 watts, so if positioned appropriately, should work, assuming the repeater remains available.
If you have line-of-sight (no big hills in the path) to the family, could one or both of you put up a tower on your own property?
It's perfectly valid to deny any or all people access to a ham repeater,I'm not super up to date on GMRS rules, but if you used directional antennas on those repeaters, that might buy you some range as well. I think you need to register repeaters and they become somewhat public, but I don't know how much of a problem that would be in real life.
Similar setup here, I just tried to tune it in and it's pretty noisy. Could be the time of day. Could be the antenna being 20-25' off the ground. I'll give it a go this week though and see if I can hear anyone.So? 3.855MHz tomorrow night? 9pm?
I will see if I can reach. Temp g5rv location is only a few feet off the ground.
They decided 6pm elsewhere in the thread. I can just never hear much at 6pm. Spent all day winterizing snowblower, changing belts, rust busting vehicles and cleaning up garage. Didn't get to plug in 7300 until 8:30, and 80m sounded pretty active.9pm Monday I'll jump on