First time posting, and I got my FCC license about a week ago.
I live in the Blythewood area of SC, near Columbia. There are a number of repeaters in the area, including NE Columbia, Lexington, Little Mountain and Hopkins, yet I never seem to hear very much traffic on any of them.
I have made a few contacts here and there, but its mostly silent every time I transmit. I'm on the repeaters probably 2-3 times per day. My usual times are 0500-0545 and 1800-1830, but it varies every day. Some days I'm on during the day even.
Currently I'm running a Midland MXT-115 mounted in my vehicle, but I plan on buying a Baofeng handheld in the near future, as I have been educating myself on using the CHIRP software. Quick question about that - does CHIRP work on a Mac computer?
If anyone here is in the central SC region, I'd love to hear from you! I go back and forth between the Columbia/Lexington repeaters (linked) and the Little Mountain/Hopkins repeaters (also linked).