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  1. it's continuous and systematic. It is a repeatable static cadence, almost like morse code except the signal is static not tone. My radios stop on signals sending, it stops on 3 static nonsense and can't get off it unless I manually skip it. Very annoying and I've taken to not even listening anymore.
  2. it's both at home and mobile. It's not something with me, read that cable services can interfere with 3 and 4. I'm wondering if it's a signal from them. I don't have cable. Is this something that can be reported? Channel 3 is unusable for anybody round here. good idea wayoverthere.
  3. Channel 3 has an annoying repeating static, scanning requires constant attention. It was non stop for months then gone, now back again. Is there anything that can be done or just life on a gmrs?
  4. I bought a used truck, to my surprise there was evidence of a radio install. The hole needed for the power supply was already there, I used a magnetic mount antenna and ran the wire down the weather stripping into the cab on the passenger side up in the dash over to the radio. When I search for some install advice on this truck people had commented on factory holes of possible use, looking for those helped me find the previous owners. I didn't skimp on the few items needed and took the time needed for a professional install. Even if removed you'd have to know what to look for to see any damage caused. I never mounted a handheld bracket, that would always be evident if removed. Dash has a niche, I use that. The antenna is the 30 inchish one with a spring in the middle, it does what it claims and gives when it comes in contact with obstructions...I live in a woods, it's always growing, always trying to reclaim control. lol
  5. It's threads like this that make the net worth while. I already know what I know, I want to know what you know. I think back on all the properties I've seen and worked on, I now see them from an experienced operators eyes. One property has an abandoned cell phone tower on it, I wonder how many people know it's value. The House and buildings are crap, I think I know why now and it goes hand in hand with the excellent advice given here, he was a ham operator...spent all his money on equipment. lol Still sits there, unsold. That will change with more people getting into alternate forms of communication.
  6. old faithful. I do like those clamps kidphc linked
  7. if lighting does strike, i'd bet it grabs a hold of the lighting rod/antenna before anything else. Shot an arrow in an oak tree about 20' up, lighting struck, happened to pick that tree out of hundreds around it and blew that arrow out. It has never stuck that tree again. Always best to disconnect, but I'm not sure lighting won't just jump and still fry everything. If you can't pound a rod in it can be buried horizontally.
  8. mygmrs dot com sends weekly repeater updates. Lists all the repeaters per state and details on them. The distances are given, most aren't more than 10 miles.
  9. my only interest in knowing who says what is if the who is a somebody with an audience. Even then it's just for entertainment purposes. maybe someday I can get them to pay me for repeating what I say. Not holding my breath. I do way more listening than talking and I don't care about introductions although it seems introductions are very important to some. The right voice and inflections is a sign of prominence. I've been perfecting mine, say it rapidly and with the least amount of significance possible, then be offended when someone doesn't say theirs.
  10. round here channel 3 makes it impossible to scan... keeps making a racket causing the scan to stay on the channel. We do have wind turbines near and I know of a few panels. It's not static, it's rhythmic, like a pulse would be. Almost like a repeating signal intent on finding life in space. Very annoying.
  11. Are cb radios illegal? Hard to talk law without being political and I can get very political. Bottom line, don't use a radio if it infringes on another's freedom. All laws are created after the abuse of freedom occurs, cause an accident while being distracted using the radio and you are part of the reason government grows and we all lose freedoms we once enjoyed. Love your neighbor on the road and you have little to fear, do it not killing someone and there are many laws you are in violation of the least of which is radio usage. "From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded" Self government is great power, with great power comes great responsibility. You literally hold the lives of others in your hands, abuse it and you lose the gift of self government to another government, they lose everything.
  12. Well, I figured out that the MTX400 has repeater channels already to go like BlackMar said and that there are 3 repeaters round here and all 3 are open source, unfortunately 2 of them use the same frequency. I also figured out how to find the owners of permission only repeaters and how to enter the codes in the radio should the need arise. So, I have channel 17 and 20 using repeater channels, 17 is south of here and 20 is north. I'm thinking the thing to do is create a map on a gps with open source repeaters and there corresponding channels so no matter what direction I'm heading I have a repeater channel to use. FWIW I've been on the net and in forums for a long time, searching for information doesn't always answer the questions asked. When I create a post I try and keep in mind someone might be searching for an answer and my "conversation" might help answer their question. If my posts sound a bit lame it's because they are directed at not only the present and persons involved, but a wider audience that might come in later. Vince, that was all greek to me, give me some time to learn the language kb2ztx, thanks, 462-467 isn't just a number designation, it signifies a boost in power, very helpful.
  13. Watched a utude vid, just how you explain it with instruction on how to set it up. Thanks. .
  14. They are owned by individuals and can boost range if you hook into them. My question is about the Midland MTX400. Recently installed it, it comes with repeater channels which confuses me. Are they saying the radio is a repeater or any repeater near by allowing the channels from 15-22 to be used. it is now using, without permission? There is no feature allowing the connection to a personal repeater, it just makes 15-22 repeater channels. I thought when I bought it, it was a repeater specifically designed to be the GTX 1050 repeater. In other words it could boost the range of the hand held, but I recently read here the 1050 isn't able to use a repeater. I'm thinking there maybe some claims being made that can't possibly be true. Just the tinker in me that needs to understand these things. If there are conversation covering this please provide a link.
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