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haneysa last won the day on December 23 2020

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  1. I have the Baofeng UV-9R IP67 radio (the daddy of the UV9G). The UV9R is submersible, even while powered up. I have drop tested them from about 4 feet on to concrete (just a few times) and they held up. Even with IP67 gear, if I knew in advance that I was likely to get dunked, I would put my electronics in a dry sack or loksack, etc.
  2. I am looking at the "Line A and Line C" restrictions in part 95E rules. They cite a treaty for the reason for those restrictions. They provide a link to the treaty agreements with Canada. No where in any of the agreements shown on that page do I find an agreement regarding GMRS or FRS frequencies. I know that the Line A and Line C are still shown on the license, but perhaps the actual agreement lapsed or was rescinded, and someone forgot to update the license language? The closest frequencies to GMRS that I found listed were 454-459Mhz and 470-806Mhz. Line A begins 5 miles north of my house, hence the interest. So are these restrictions still in effect?
  3. MBrun stated that immediate family members not living with the license holder and using their own equipment need to get their own license. I see no such requirement in the FCC rules for GMRS. Common Sense says that the immediate family member must get the license holder's permission to operate under his/her license. The license holder is responsible for those persons using his/her license.
  4. After having my 905-G for a month, I am very happy with it, with one exception-the speaker volume. I will admit that my years as a Mortar Man have damaged my hearing, but when I compare the HT volume of the 905-G to the 805-G, and the KG-UV7D, the 905 is not as loud. This also occurs when an external speaker is attached, so it must be the sound amplifier in the radio.
  5. Duke, I am on the other side of the state, or in the State Of Liberty, but here is a group you might be interested in on the WET side. seatacgmrs@groups.io
  6. The 16 zones are appealing to me. It looks like the increasing demand in causing manufacturers to add features, and hopefully increase quality. I would like to see an IP67 rated HT and an IP67 mobile. I also think that they should be able to build a 50w mobile that can operate on the FRS shared channels at legal limits.
  7. Google Earth elevation profile does show the straight-line terrain between two points, but do not automatically accept that the intervening terrain depicted prevents usable comms. I live in NE WA where we have mountains and canyons. I routinely make comms using GMRS in places that it should be impossible to do so. I guess that some of this is due to signals bouncing off of the rocky terrain, going around corners and down into canyons. The only way to know for sure is to do your own signal survey in the field.
  8. I have some Part 90 HTs, and many models of the "bubble-pack" radios, including some legacy Motorolas with repeater capability, as well as the KG-805g, and the GMRS-V1. The 805g is well worth the extra cost over any of the bubble-pack radios. The 805g beats the GMRS-V1 as well. The 805G is repeater compatible, and you can program many custom channels. The 805g can utilize better HT antennas, or external antennas. I do not have a service monitor, but field-testing leads to to believe that the 805g has a much better front end than most CCR and the bubblepacks. For those who are stickler's for FCC rule compliance, the 805g is type certified for GMRS. I do have some part 90/95A radios from Kenwood and Icom, but many of the Part 90 radios being used by GMRS operators are not part 95, and some may object to their use. I don't have a problem with anyone using them. The way I see it, the purpose of the FCC rules is to prevent harmful interference and to let as many people as possible use the spectrum. It makes no logical sense to limit someone's choices, as long as the operator does not misuse their equipment to the detriment of someone else (No Harm, No Foul). I really appreciate the efforts of the tester. More info is always good.
  9. If you set up a base station antenna, you will benefit from using LOW LOSS coaxial cable as feed line. Using RG-58 or RG-8 cable will kill your signal, and when you are only xmitting 2-5 watts to begin with, you want every milliwatt possible to reach your antenna. LMR-400 would be the minimum cable that I would recommend. If the run is over 50 feet, you may want to go up to LMR600. 1/2 heliax would also be a good choice
  10. Radioddity is selling pairs of UV-5X, Part 95E Type Certified HTs for $59.95/pair. It looks like when they created the Part 95 firmware for the UV-5r, the also created a WX alert function. The manual is not attached to the advertising page, so I am not sure if you can program multiple channels using the same frequencies. I know that UV-5r radios are of extremely poor quality, especially the front end, but giving people a cheap "rule compliant" option is a good thing in my opinion. There are also oodles of accessories available. What say you?
  11. Thanks to all the replies. If the issue persists, I will find a shop to check out my repeater.
  12. Will it "wideband" 20kHz?
  13. Recently I had an issue with another repeater using the same pair as mine. This repeater was unknown to anyone in our area (not listed here or on Repeaterbook). Another operator was located between my site and the other site, and he could communicate clearly with me and the other repeater owner. I could only catch part of the distant repeater output. The distant machine was using 136.5 and I use 141.3. Is the fact that these PL Tones are so close to each other explain why each repeater was receiving the other's output (at low levels)?
  14. Perhaps this is already widely known by those that own & operate GMRS Repeaters, but I did not see a previous post when I used the forum search function. RepeaterBook.com has a section for GMRS Repeaters. This section is fairly new. I figure that since we do not have a Frequency Coordinator, the more places that we list our machines, the less chance that a conflict will arise.
  15. Do not use a CCR no matter what band you end up using. As others have said, the front-end of those CCRs are crap! It will be very difficult to receive the signal that you want using low$ radios in that environment. Whether you use MURS, GMRS, or amateur radio, you and your buddy need to use YAGI antennas, pointed at each other. When you decide on a band, try using PL Tones that are somewhat obscure (especially if you go with GMRS).
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