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  1. The midlands are narrowband (11k vs wideband 20k), you need to turn the GM-30 to narrowband.
  2. Yea, I'm about 100 miles NE of his tower. I was only noting I found another DMR repeater on GMRS, separate from the ones he has found. This does bring up an interesting point. I did just see a post about an ID5100 that will pass P25 traffic through the cross-band repeat feature. Would any other normal repeater with CSQ pass DMR/NXDN or any other digital mode as well, if it just needs a carrier? There isn't anything significantly different than passing packet or any AFSK mode through a repeater.
  3. What are you looking for? Study materials? General discussion? Radio Reference has a pretty solid Amateur Radio section, and the one on this site at the bottom isn't too bad either.
  4. This is what I use https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BD6DRI6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 with these label cartridges https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074JZ6NWV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I label each HT behind the battery, and each battery gets numbered. Cables get it either on the plug, or right next to the plug on the cord, and wrapped in packing tape.
  5. First: Btech GMRS-V1 (Still have it, hasn't been turned on in over a year. Current: VX-800u, 2 - VX-427, VX-417
  6. There is one up here too in the NE. Most users are 4 digit IDs, but two hams that are on the system use their ham ID and have never had a GMRS license in their life. I have a name, FRN, home address, recordings and everything and the FCC brushed it off.
  7. You do need to maintain some form of control. Typically this is done with DTMF tones so you can shut down the transmitter, and you do need to be able to get to the site to maintain the equipment reasonably.
  8. Agreed, it is still in effect, especially since it is listed on your license. I'm 1000' north of the line, so it does affect me.
  9. Cord came in, tested it, works great, but only in one ear. I'll live with it, it at least got me operational without taking my ear protection off.
  10. I'll give that a shot, I also bought a mono version. Will report, but I'm not going out in the field without a radio anymore. Some places I go don't have cell reception.
  11. The Ed Fong is a great antenna, and reasonably priced. I have one in 220 and one of the dual bands. The 220 might get used again soon, but the dual band is now a scanner antenna. Its biggest downfall is there are some Tram verticals that out perform it for the same price.
  12. I remember a local club did a dual band J-Pole project. Presentation/directions: https://w8wky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Building-Simple-J-Pole.pdf Plans: https://w8wky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Dual-Band-J-Pole.pdf For GMRS, shorten the "middle" rod in small increments until the SWR bottoms out.
  13. It's not too bad. You need a radio (power supply, antenna, coax), I used Direwolf on a Raspberry Pi4, you need an audio card, and a way to hit PTT, or use VOX on the radio. This is the writeup I did about my iGate: https://www.ke8owx.com/projects/aprs. Mine is a 2-way, but has digipeating turned off.
  14. Ed Fong has documented how to build a dual band J-Pole here: https://edsantennas.weebly.com/uploads/2/9/3/5/29358461/dbj-1_qst.pdf That should get you started in the correct direction, but it's going to be a build and test, tweak, update, test again.
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