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SUPERG900 last won the day on March 16

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  1. The new TGIF DMR network is fully operational. You now need to create a password for any hotspots or repeaters you manage - no more "default" password allowed. The site is accessed at http://tgif.network. The old beta address of http://prime.tgif.network points to the same destination.
  2. Hmm... my NanoVNA died after about two weeks of use. The build quality on my particular example left something to be desired. I've replaced it with a Mini1300, which is larger and somewhat easier to use. It'll work as a simple SWR meter, swept SWR, VNA, and will display resistive and reactive components. Very nice. Since the micro flash card it came with was dead, I had to buy a replacement card, and then perform a HW cal, which required opening the unit up and soldering a jumper. Other than that, it's worked fine. More expensive than a NanoVNA, cheaper than a rigexpert.
  3. I agree. If you're under 2:1 - you're in the right neighborhood. If you can get it down to 1.5:1 without much work - you're good. You can go lower than 1.5:1 with VSWR, but it's only worth the effort if it's really no effort at all as it's not worth investing a lot of time into.
  4. Folks, There's a new talkgroup on the TGIF DMR (digital mobile radio) network that represents the Tucson GMRS Association for dual GMRS/Ham licensees - it's on talkgroup 527. Anyone with a amateur license is welcome to tune in and pipe up - you're welcome! If you're itching to get into digital mobile radio - we can help. This talkgroup is only being carried on the prime.tgif.network (beta) and not the older (soon to be disabled) tgif.network. You need a DMR id of course, and you'll need to sign up at https://prime.tgif.network. TGIF is a newer DMR network, smaller, and runs very clean - no packet loss or congestion like the bigger DMR networks. We're quite impressed. There are instructions at https://prime.tgif.network on how to sign up for TGIF and how to configure a pi-star hotspot for DMR on the prime.tgif.network. If you need help, or have questions on how to setup a pi-star hotspot for the Prime TGIF network, you can catch me on this thread or you can email: SuperG@arrl.net
  5. Can't really do all that much about stupid people transmitting on LMR frequencies, although doing so on a public safety channel *will* get the attention of the authorities. If they keep it up, the FCC can get real ugly with them (a ginormous "you'll be paying it till your dead" fine), and let alone the criminal charges for interfering with law enforcement/public safety, etc.
  6. They do have a right to inspect your station - but the "castle" doctrine of law means that they need your permission to enter your premises. Now a court order - well that's an imperative legal directive no matter what agency applies for it. What ever the court order says you let happen, lest you run afoul of the courts.
  7. Nice radio - probably not made in Japan though.... looks like you gotta pay through the nose to enable the different features. MPL_LMR.pdf (secomwireless.com)
  8. They don't. They can only ask, and you can tell them to get bent. Of course, they'd probably summarily terminate any licenses you have for non-cooperation in an FCC investigation, maybe fine you as well. Plus, if they thought criminal activity was involved they could refer the matter to law enforcement. Best to let them in - they are probably only looking to identify interference issues. (If it's *intentional* interference - well that's on you and you deserve whatever comes your way.)
  9. The sorry fact is, this kind of market protectionism comes back to BITE, and hard! All this *bogus* "national security" posturing just means that other nations will pull the same stunt on us. You and I, consumers, will end up the ones paying for it.
  10. Nearly all of these Chinese HT radio's are FCC part 90 certified. Think about it. Very few of CCR's are certified are part 97 (amateur) certified, and even fewer still are part 95E certified (GMRS). These radios are ok to be sold for licensed part 90 use, and by-the-way, part 90 radios can also be used by amateur licensed folks. Because they inexpensive and easy to get, some folks operate them outside their certifications and/or authorizations. That's on them. You can readily buy a Wouxun or Retevis radio which is indeed certified for GMRS operation.
  11. Normally, I would think that A Baofeng "Kenwood- type" smart cable, would work. It's possible the driver for that cable your PC isn't quite behaving in a manner acceptable to the RT76P. It wouldn't hurt to pick up a Retevis cable.
  12. Not really. There's so many variables with a mobile antenna. Anything under 2:1 is not all bad and the benefits of tweaking it lower aren't all that much greater. Some of us though, are perfectionists, and that's fine too.
  13. It could be a regional/cultural differences thing... Out here in the southwest - we're *super* friendly (everybody's a friend when you're in the desert...) , and we make it a point to personally welcome folks to GMRS and let them know that it's ok - we all have "mic fright" at first, and it'll wear off soon enough, and people will get to know your callsign in time. It's how we roll in these parts. Callsigns are basically treated as calling cards - you can announce your callsign followed by "monitoring" - if your friends are out there, they'll respond.
  14. That's the idea! Making unlicensed folks w/o a callsign people think twice before transmitting on a repeater channel is what we want. Keeps the riffraff out.
  15. If there's an issue - it's nearly always something to do with the cable.
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