Please join me in welcoming Squirrel "Phantom" to both preparedness and amateur radio.
I have assisted in my own feeble way his efforts to become more self-reliant, and also badgered him into taking the local "Tech in a day" class, though it meant considerable travel for him. I have loaned him my "brick" HTX-202, and away he goes!
Thanks for the motovation and the encouragement AGM.
As I said prior, I can't reach the repeater so hopefully I will get that j-pole built this weekend. Can't wait to talk to some one! The air waves will never be the same again or I will never be the same again.
Paul Parkway Transmit Site Output frequency 146.670MHz Transmitter output power 100 watts Antenna ERP ~350 watts Output CTCSS (or PL) 114.8 Hz Antenna high above average ground level ~180 feet Paul Parkway Receive Site Current status On Line Input frequency 146.070MHz Input CTCSS (or PL) 114.8Hz Antenna high above average ground level ~180 feet
It is about 20 or so miles. I think I will hit it with a better antenna.
The twin lead Jpole is a easy project and its a great prep antenna. Small, carry anywhere, almost no weight. Works reasonable well, You can hoist it up higher with a little cord and a tree branch.
Welcome Phantom to the world of HAM radio and Frugals. You should put a 3 element yagi on your list as well for a cheap beam. I think DaExtreme just posted some yagi info around here. There is more info on the internet, just a search away.