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SnoopCoop last won the day on September 2 2020

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    578 SW Glen Crest Way Stuart, Fl. 34997
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    - Radio Jabber & Fishing

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  1. What do you think??? I listen to some of our GMRS community on air radio talk and it doesn't seem "we" utilize a standard word or two to politely ask to break in and add to a two way or more conversation similar to the hams that use QSK or CBers who use Break-Break. I hear operaters, although being polite, say things like, "Can I jump in" or "I'm on the side" something to that nature but nothing simple, recognized and somewhat standarized to alert the busy airwaves I assert perhaps with our GMRS radio community on our NET we attempt to adopt a standarized word to politely alert operators engaged in a general conversation. Perhaps QSK wll work... or there may be another suggestion just for the GMRS radio comminiity.
  2. Having been in law enforcement and the related for 45 years, I will state how I might operate my vehicle with certain transmitting devices. I would not be overly concerned if at all about using a ham, gmrs or cb radio in my vehicle. There may be a law in some states you can't have a transmitting device such as a microphone in your hand in some states but it is hardly enforced if at all and more importantly there is NO EVIDENCE that the person was operating (transmitting) on such a device even if involved in a motor vehicle accident. A cellular telephone is another matter. Most states make it very clear in their law you can't talk or text on a cellular telephone in your hand up to or about your face. It is allowed in most states I am aware, you can talk through your cellular phone if you speak in a remote mode hands free... say through the car stereo system. HOWEVER, THERE IS A HARD COPY RECORD OF A PERSON SPEAKING OR TEXTING ON A CELLULAR TELEPHONE WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE OBTAINABLE THROUGH THE CELL PHONE CARRIER. If the person operating the vehicle is involved in a motor vehicle accident, possibly a serious motor vehicle accident and definitely involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident, the POLICE and the CIVIL ATTORNEY will obtain a COURT ORDER and show the operator's activity at the time and date of the accident and it WILL be used against the operator as "inattentive" to driving.
  3. If you still have the P1225.... is it repeater capable?
  4. Yep! I will definitely check my swr's but I am betting at this point.. not a problem. Thanks!! I have a nearby ham friend who will allow me to borrow his swr meter. Again. Thanks for the input by you and others.
  5. Thanks ALL! It looks like I will be good to go and not much of a health hazard, if any, at about 7 feet away.
  6. Hello Great Forum: I have an office in my Townhouse and cannot place an antenna outside. I have a large picture window in my 2nd floor office which faces north and should be able to hit the Fort Pierce transmitters. I want to place the Midland low profile (3db gain) antenna very close to the window on a round 15 inch tin pizza pan for ground plane. The blinds are plastic/vinyl so there is no metal in the way. Screen removed. I want to place the Midland GMRS radio on my office desk which is by far the most convenient and available place. QUESTION: I have read that 7 to 10 feet is a safe distance from a transmission and also read that the FCC mentions for HAM frequencies, evaluation of radio wave radiation concerns HAM RADIO frequencies over 50 watts. I am anticipating the purchase of a Midland 15 watt or Midland 40 watt GMRS radio. I would be about 7 feet away from this transmitting antenna when actually transmitting for short periods. With the relatively low wattage does anyone have a learned opinion if this a health problem. Would the difference beetween 15 and 40 watts really make a difference? Think I am safe at 7 to 8 feet away? At present... I am thinking I am. Thoughts my knowledgable neighbors?
  7. Austin: I am very new to GMRS myself and have yet to learn some things I am sure. However, there are some learned men on this forum and I am sure you will get the right answer. Beside that... even though I am new, I have the Midland MXT275 in my vehicle which is the same radio as yours but the control is in the microphone head. Same power, 15 watts and all that. Being new myself.... I had to go over and over and over my input numbers for the Repeaters and did so. The only MISTAKE I originally made was in the lower 15 thru 22 (simplex) channels I also put the HZ or Tone number... which is "20" in your case. Thinking I had to do that to "receive" or "hear" the repeater: wrong. After I removed the "tone number" from my lower simplex 15-22, channels bingo! Make sure you didn't do that. You only have to put the "20" in the upper Repeater 15-22 (or just for the Repeater you want to hit). Your Midland radio is designed to do the rest. I am using the Midland MXT whip style 6DB gain. Great antenna. I hit a repeater approximately 40 miles away and it was loud and clear. But note I am in Florida and there are no or very minimum hills. The low profile Midland antenna you are using... I believe... is 3DB gain and not 6DB gain. I say that, because I didn't see the Midland low profile in 6DB gain. I just ordered one as I am going to set up a base station in my office on the 2nd floor of my Townhouse and put that mag mount antenna on a 15 inch round pizza tin near by picutre window. I am still deciding whether to purchase the 40 watt Midland model or the MXT115. Probably will go with the MXT115. One other thing to note. I have found on the Repeater channel I can go DAYS without hearing anyone else or even getting a "radio check' and I am in a very populated area, just north of West Palm Beach. LISTEN FOR THE REPEATER TO IDENTIFY ITSELF EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE: you will know ya got it right. Well... sorry to carry on so much but maybe I was able to help with my shot in the dark! Love to hear how you make out.
  8. Thanks for the question and thanks for the great answer! I am learning too. I put that in my School notes!
  9. I read you have it figured out and that is great. Permit me to address something. Maybe someone will disagree with me but I wouldn't call your MXT115 cheap. I have the same radio but the controls are in the mike head. It's the MXT275 pushing out the same 15 watts. While Midland and others have higher wattage radios, much rests with the antenna. Just this afternoon I was at the famous Jupiter Fl lighthouse with my vehicle in Palm Beach County and hit with acknowledgement the Fort Pierce Repeater 575 in St. Lucie County. My guess without referring to a map; 50 miles.
  10. Hello my Maine Friend. Years ago I had a "camp" on Long Pond up in Maine and traveled to and fro from Connecituct to your area, so I am somewhat familiar with southern and central Maine. Now for the past 18 years I have been residing in south Martin County, Florida just north of West Palm Beach. Here is the scoop as far as I see it. THERE IS NOT THAT MUCH JABBER (talk-talk) TRAFFIC on the repeater channels; not like CB, even down in my populated area. I can hear on the north repeater all the way up to Indian River County and on the south repeater all of Palm Beach County. There are MANY people in between. Pretty Quiet!! Now if I scan.... On the simplex channels with all the businesses around, I hear a fair share of business talk but mostly something to do with the work, "turn on the water" or "turn it off dummy!". Stuff like that. Just have to hang in there. By the way, I run a Midland MTX275 (15watts) with a 6db gain midland antenna on my Jeep roof. It is amazing how far away I can hit the repeaters.
  11. I would like to say Midland keeps it simple for a complex guy like me... but then I would not be telling the truth as far as myself. Thanks for your input.
  12. Much obliged sir! Will remove. Great people on a great forum.
  13. Thank-you. Great to the point answer! Thumbs Up. Oh. Must add, on SCAN my MXT275 does show the repeater channels.
  14. I have been around repeaters for most of my adult life but all I had to do was push the talk button on the mike and listen to the speaker in my Sheriff's vehicle. Things have changed. I have a Midland MXT275 and have turned on my Repeater Mode for channel 17 to reach a certain repeater's frequency. The Repeater has a listed output of 462.600mhz with 141.3HZ and a listed input of 467.600mhz with 141.3HZ. I put these CTS codes of 141.3 into my lower channel 17 (frequency 462.600) and my upper Repeater frequency channel 17 (467.600). My Midland Radio CTS number for 141.3HZ is 22: not a problem. My radio indicates all are input. But here is my rookie question so I don't make a mess out in the field. Do I transmit and receive on the same Repeater channel 17 or do I have to scan back and forth between the input and output channel 17 of the repeater. I even think maybe I have to utilize the Monitor mode of the radio to transmit and receive the repeater on the same channel. I just can't find reference in my instructions. Appreciate some guidance. Thanks Ole' Timers!
  15. I just saw your posting about an antenna in your attic for the MXT-275. I have an MXT-275 in my vehicle; like it! But I was thinking of purchasing a base unit for my office in the Townhouse but it's basically all wood up in the 3rd floor attic. Do you believe your attic surroundings drastically effect your signal output? What do you think? Thanks!
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