I live in north west NJ and for the past few days, I’ve been hearing these two guys talk on GMRS same two guys I heard weeks ago talking about this new repeater, the signal is really strong…. They are talking in a way where they are careful not to say anything personal or private in any way, everythign is very general. They are going through what sounds like their own repeater that doesn’t ID and one guy keeps saying his call is “WP W203 524 for ID…” which I can’t find in the FCC db, and the other guy mumbles every time his call (as if he doesn’t want anyone to hear it). All I can get is the last few numbers “509” …this repeater sounds great here and its just about full quieting on my HT inside the house…. the towns they are talking about being in while talking through this span 50 miles and are close to up sate NY. I think its ch 3 they are talking on… its really strong. They refer to each other by just the last 3 numbers, like “hey 524 how are you?” and “this is 509” – they are talking about how they are going to moving repeaters around once the weather gets nice. They are talking on motorolas with the 1200 burst...
So, I'm building a repeater for home and to cover a few miles around my house with my family and it would be nice to reach out to these guys to just say hi, I let them know I can hear them, and maybe share resources or at the very least, find out where they are, and make sure my gear doesn’t mess with their gear.
The other traffic I hear is random people fading in, getting strong and then fading out. Almost all sound like there is a repeater with some kind of tail and roger beep, but no ID. I tried asking if anyone can hear me on simplex and the input frequencey but no one responds. They must be far or using PLs. obviously i dont know the PL of the repeater to try and get in. and i dont have the equiptment to figure that out.
Does this sound like normal GMRS usage around here? Are they mostly all hidden / private? The point of all this is I’m trying to get a lay for the land for GMRS repeaters…. And what they sound like, how they are used ,etc. It seems you don’t have to have the GMRS repeater ID, FCC seems unclear about this. Should i just ignore all this and use a different channel? If all channels had traffic like this, then how do you go about making sure you dont interfear with the other guys if you can't contact them? Do you just try your best to stay out of each other's way?