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#1 RCM

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 09:58 AM

Lately I've been perusing some of the 900 MHz commercial radios for sale, and thinking Hmmm... :unsure:

Repeaterbook lists lots of 33cm repeaters, including several in my area. Maybe now's the time to make a move into a new band.

Anyone here using the band?



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Posted 30 December 2018 - 03:39 PM

I'd be using it if the Part 15 stuff weren't.

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 09:42 PM

Wow. That's centered right where most of the repeater outputs are, too!



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 03:21 PM

yea 900 is very messy, maybe consider 222 if you got money burning your pocket.



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Posted 04 January 2019 - 05:03 AM

yea 900 is very messy, maybe consider 222 if you got money burning your pocket.

I already have 222, and have had for years.

I've joined a 33cm discussion group, and buying a Kenwood TK-981 today. We'll see how it does.


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Posted 04 January 2019 - 04:06 PM

LoL, so the answer is yes.


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Posted 04 January 2019 - 09:05 PM

So I went and got the 33cm rig today. And here's a cool kicker: the guy I bought it from also has an unlisted GMRS repeater, and gave me permission to use it! :)


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:03 PM

I've been running multiple 900mhz repeaters for years. It is a great band. Similar to 440mhz but with sharper nulls etc... The trick is finding clear input and output freqs...my machines are on odd splits because of that but since everyone is on commercial radios it doesnt matter.

Motorola GTX and MCS2000 are my preference.
KENWOOD TK-981 my other preference.

For at home base antennas comet makes a really well performing fiberglass vertical.

LMR-400 or better is damn near mandatory.

Thats my 2cents. FYI nyc based.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:02 PM

The rig I just picked up is a TK-981. I have a dual band cellular Yagi that I might be able to use for mountaintopping, if I had any way to check the match. I plan to put a mobile antenna on my van, too.

33cm operation from my home would probably be an exercise in futility.



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Posted 15 February 2019 - 03:33 PM

Large 900Mhz linked system via Allstar in Southern AZ.  Works flawlessly..mountain top Quantars, MTS2000, XTL5000, XTS2500 subscriber side.


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 07:40 PM

I was in the Knoxville, TN area earlier this week and made contacts on a couple of repeaters. It worked great, and I had no problem getting a response.






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