Firstly, yes I am unlicensed..as of this post, just so we're all clear. I've been putting in the hours of research required to set up my family a GMRS repeater system, complete with mobiles (Kenwood TK-8180H-K) and HTs. I have every intention of acquiring a license, especially for the amount of users (12-16) and the coverage area (200-600 acres). I am aware of the 47CFR95.179 coverage, and we are in compliance (also, this isn't a business, its just family use). The hesitation on a license is a result of research, practicality, product availability (looking at old Part95 commercial equipment) and reliability. I feel like this is necessary to mention first, just to clarify the situation.
On to the inquires and rambling... I've recently happened an opportunity of obtain a Motorola Quantar. My previous endeavors of GMRS repeaters resulted in several thousand dollar modern repeater (not too happy to spend money on). Or linking two radios together with Arduino repeater boards (a pair of Kenwood TK-890H). So finding a potentially cheaper and industrial option looked very appealing (thus how I found this forum/site actually). Bottom line, I'm liking what I see about the Quantars...but I may not know entirely what I'm getting into.
As far as I know, I am looking for a gold plated chassis, range 2 TX exciter (TLN3253) range 2 TX amp (TLN3445), range 2 RX (TLN3314). I'd like the potential of 100 watts for emergencies, but sadly I can only get 25 watt amps for these rigs and remaining Part95 compliant. (unless these rigs can operate on a multi power function, i.e. I use a 100 watt amp on 'low' power).
I've read several people that use the Q's on GMRS, so I know it can be done...I just don't fully understand (yet) what all goes into making one.
Do I still need a repeater controller with this? I've seen 'yes' and 'no' regarding a controller.
I'd really like basic DTMF control.
I'd prefer remote PC programming/monitoring, if possible.
Thanks for your time,