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Everything posted by haneysa

  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 I know that the Line A and Line C are still shown on the license, but perhaps the actual agreement lapsed or was rescinded, and someone forgot to update the license language?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).
  16. Where did you find the Firmware download? The only thing I see at Reteivs is the programming software, or is the firmware part of that?
  17. I now have the Retevis RA25and the Anytone At-779UV. As far as I can tell, they are pretty much the exact same radio. I have a programming cable that works for both, although I could not open the download for programming the Anytone. As has been said, without using a PC, you cannot change the factory settings, not even the PL tones, because you cannot get to those menu items. I assume that they locked the radio to narrowband on all channels because it was easier than tweaking the hardware to set the "new" GMRS "wide" setting of 20khz, vs the standard wideband of 25khz. I have let both companies know about these problems that make these radios useless. The engineers certainly dropped the ball on this radio. Perhaps they should consider reaching out to the largest GMRS users site in the USA for input:)
  18. I went through the same thing, and had several email exchanges with "Nancy" at Retevis. I have still not been able to change the factory PL tones or bandwidth from the front panel. After these instructions from Nancy, I was able to program it via my PC and a UV-5r cable-Please connect the cable and opened the software program. The frequency page will appear or you may have to click on open. Make the changes on the page and save it. Do not click on “read from the radio”. Click on “write to radio.” A prompt comes up and asking for the old password and new password which needs to be ignored. There is no need to enter anything. Click “Start.” The program will transfer the frequency page to the radio. Here’s the important part- turn off the radio and turn it back on. The voice prompt will say “frequency mode.” You need to switch to “channel mode” by pressing and holding the “menu” button. That will take you to the main channels where other radio changes can be made. I asked Retevis to connect me with their engineers, because no combination of button presses allowed me to change those parameters from the front panel. Even with the fixed antenna, this thing works well, and looks like it is fairly rugged. If anyone solves the FPP mystery, please update here.
  19. I bought one of these for the Christmas Special price. It has a FCC ID sticker on it 2ASNSRA25. So far, that does not return as valid in the FCC database. I have not been able to access all of the menu options required to change the PL Tones, and a few other items. I have tried reading the Chinglish manual from every angle, but sill no luck. I contacted Retevis, and they sent me the programming software. Unfortunately, no programming cable came with the radio, and none were offered as options. I am waiting for their reply about ordering a compatible cable. The radio appears to have an adequate heat sink. The VFO allows XMIT from 400-481.615, and RX only on VHF frequencies. I will ask Retevis about the apparently bogus FCC ID that they are claiming for this radio. If they can get a legitimate 95E grant, and make the UI work AND work in a user-friendly manner, they will have what looks like a good competitor for Midland. I do not have a service monitor so I do not know how sloppy this radio is. If I can get it programmed, I will test the XMIT power.
  20. My KG-805G was great until it wasn't. The display screen went blank. The backlight still worked, but no characters appear. The audio annunciator works, and the radio TX/RX perfectly. I contacted BTWR, and they sent me a return authorization w/in 24 hrs. I am patiently waiting for the replacement.
  21. My RigExpert shows that this antenna is center-tuned (as close to 1:1 as possible) at 468mhz. 1.2:1 or less from 463-473. Build quality-the fiberglass radome feels thicker than that of my Laird FG03, and thinner than the Super StationMasters that I have. The one concern I have is the pigtail...not quality-wise; but I wonder what type of coaxial cable was used. Is it made with "dissimilar metals", and if so, will the RF grunge effect occur and cause problems in such a short run? So far, I think the antenna is a bargain. I may buy another to use for my base station. With the bottom of the antenna at 55' AGL, I can reach as far as 30 miles in some directions, even with terrain that should make this impossible. I would put the average range of the repeater at 15 miles. within 10 miles, stations using low power HTs can get into it. I am still going my informal footprint survey.
  22. I have and use the factory midland 1/4w magmount (that comes with the lower power MXTs), Laird NMO mount 1/4w, TRAM 1181 NMO, and a DPD Productions (looks like a Browning/Midland) 5/8 over 5/8 NMO. I live in NE Washington, where we have mountains and forests. Field-test results lead me to believe that the mono-band antennas perform better than the Tram 1181. I get better range with the taller (as in the 5/8 over 5/8w) antennas. This may not be a function of gain, but of height AGL. The 1/4w NMO certainly is less visible and less likely to strike over head obstacles than the taller antennas...and you can get them for $10 on the internet.
  23. I have had my radio for about 6 months. I believe that it is a better radio than the BTECH GMRS V-1, but a few days ago, the display screen quit displaying characters. The screen is illuminated, and the radio works...the female voice lets me know what channel I am on. I contacted BuyTwoWayRadios via email, and within 24 hours, I got the return authorization code. I am sending it off tomorrow for replacement. I hope this is just a fluke, as the radio was never dropped or exposed to water.
  24. I have one. I just mounted mine about 55' AGL for use with my repeater. Before that, I have only tested it at about 20', so the jury is out on it. I don't have an antenna analyzer to verify what frequency it is resonant at, but the SWR was low on GMRS. I should get my analyzer in the next 30 days, and I will update this post after i sweep the antenna.
  25. I live north of Spokane. This area is mixed woodland and farmland. The terrain varies from "flat" valley floor to rolling hills, and mountains. I have my base station antenna (a 5/8 wavelength ground plane from RW antennas?) mounted 30 feet AGL. I can reach as far as 30 miles in some directions. Unless you have extreme changes in elevation on the farm, you may not need a repeater. If you mount antennas on vehicles and tractors, and put an elevated antenna at the house, you should be good to go.
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