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Communications

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Post by DaveK » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:05 pm

Communications for this trip will require some special preparations. For the most part, there will be no cell phone coverage and due to the remoteness of the area, there are no facilities including wired phone service. To the extent that we will need to communicate with family or friends or for emergencies, we will need to bring the necessary radios and devices that will give us this ability.

For those interested, we will be running APRS, HF radios, HF Airmail, and Satellite internet.

Initially, we will be working on an HF APRS set-up for those interested in some long range APRS contacts. If you are looking to get started with APRS, just want to tune up your system, or want to set up an HF APRS station, we will be getting together for a meeting or two to get things rolling.

Who will be bringing HF equipment?

I will post frequencies and times for anyone interested in making HF contacts with us.
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Re: Communications

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Post by michael » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:06 pm

Unfortunately, no mobile HF (yet) in my truck. I do plan on bringing a 2m/70cm Elk log periodic antenna just to see what it will do for me on the trail.

I'll be running APRS on 2m and will be able to see others in the group on my navigation display if they're also using the VHF band. The last time we were in that area, I was picked up by a surprising number of digipeaters.

I'll also be sending out scripted "OK" messages on my SPOT each evening. If you'd like someone you know to be on the "OK" contact list, I have 5 'open' contacts so just let me know.
Time to stop talking about it and just go do it!

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Re: Communications

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Post by DaveK » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:28 pm

Michael:

Put me down for the SPoT message.

I'll be running Airmail as well. For those who wish to either send or receive emails or send pictures, please PM me the address you want to use.
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Re: Communications

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Post by DaveK » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:04 pm

Here is a list of 2m and 440 repeaters that surround the GSE. Several of these high level repeaters will work in DC but if anyone has additional information, please post up.

1. Navajo Mtn 146.960 - 100
2. Navajo Mtn 146.960 - no pl
3. Panguitch 147.160 + 100
4. Kanab 449.850 - no pl
5. Kanab 146.720 - 100
6. Kanab 146.880 - no pl
7. Kanab 147.360 + no pl
8. Page 449.925 - no pl
9. Page 448.750 - no pl
10 Page 449.925- no pl
11. Mt Ellen 147.080 + 136.5
12. Abajo Peak 146.610 - 88.5
13. Abajo Peak 447.100 - 107.2
14. Abajo Peak 447.400 - no pl
15. Abajo Peak 447.100 88.5
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Re: Communications

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Post by h2005 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:21 pm

I think the repeaters highlighted in Red might be your best bet

146.960- 100.0 pl Navajo Mountain Utah (Lake Powell Coverage)
448.500- 100.0 pl Navajo Mountain Utah UVHFS Linked (Page Coverage)
145.350- 123.0 pl Bryce Canyon Utah (The Pinks)
147.160+ 100.0 pl Mt Dutton Panguitch Utah(Page Coverage)
146.720- 100.0 pl Spencer Bench South Central Utah (Page Coverage)
146.800- 100.0 pl Blowhard Mtn Utah UVHFS Linked (Page Coverage)
147.080+ 136.5 pl Mt Ellen Utah (Cannot access from Page Anymore
147.300+ 100.0 pl Jacob Lake Az (North Rim Grand Canyon) Utah UVHFS Linked (Page Coverage)
146.610- 88.5 pl Monticello, Abajo Pk

Updated 5/30/2014
Added Navajo Mountain 448.500- 100.0pl
Updated coverage areas
Last edited by h2005 on Fri May 30, 2014 12:42 pm, edited 8 times in total.

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Re: Communications

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Post by DaveK » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:36 am

They are going in the radio tonight. Thanks!
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Re: Communications

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Post by michael » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:41 pm

Thanks! Programmed!
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Re: Communications

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Post by h2005 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:00 pm

Welcome

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Re: Communications

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Post by DaveK » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:34 pm

For those interested, I have programmed all of the repeaters that Brian has provided as well as other repeaters and simplex frequencies we may use on the trip. They all have been loaded onto the RT Systems program on my computer and I can transfer them for those running either a Yaesu 8800 or an Icom 7000. If you have a different radio, we will need the RTS software for that radio and we can then transfer all the information. FYI - I am still running RTS v3.xxx. If you have v4.xxx, I am told that it is compatible.

Let me know so I can bring the necessary cables to the Meet and Greet.
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Re: Communications

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Post by diverbob » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:52 am

Dave
I have the FT8800 and like you to download the info, do I need to bring anything other than the radio?

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