Good evening! I just got my GMRS license last week and have much to learn about this mode of communication. I ran a quick test tonight but do not know how to interpret what is happening.
I found a repeater 2.3 miles away from me with an Tx/Rx of 467.765/462.765 and a CTCSS of 141.3. I plugged that information into a btech gmrs v1 that is using an expertpower 7.5 inch SMA-F antenna and attempted a radio check. I hit the PTT button and stated my call sign and that I was, well, doing a radio check, then released the PTT button.
That was a typo. Definitely meant 462.725 and 467.725. My mistake.
Depending on variables I do not know how to track I get one of two responses from the radio.
1. static for about 3 seconds followed by the end of a transmission
2. a series of beeps along with the static. The duration is similar most of the time but on occasion I'll only get one beep for a moment. Other times it seems to go on for what feels like 5 seconds.
I have a second btech gmrs v1 with the same antenna. I set it up to listen to the same repeater to see what's coming across.
When I transmit off of radio #1 both radio #1 and radio #2 get static however none of the audio I state into radio #1 gets received by audio #2.
To be clear--when I state "This is WRJV736 performing a radio test. Can anyone hear me?" into radio #1 what I get in radio #2 is static.
I have left both radios on to listen to the repeater passively while writing this and once or twice I both radios received a transmission which consisted of static and a several second long chain of beeps.
What is going on exactly? What is the significance of the static with versus without beeps?
Why does the audio I transmit from radio #1 get received as static in radio #2? Is there a step I'm missing or an equipment consideration I have not accounted for?
Edited by danmpar, 17 November 2020 - 09:44 PM.