I have also sent email to HP and others. Only emailed response was from Ed G., of Crest Communications - Ed and his volunteer group are truly professional and take care of business. No other repeater operator and / or repeater access administrator has replied to my repeater use request. Would be excellent to have more than one repeater site at a high elevation; with plenty of backup power reserve, for use during any land based communication outage or outages - (earthquakes in the CA southland are the most common land based and wireless system(s) overload, as many folks may well know already.
I am wondering how many of the MyGMRS listed repeaters in So. Cal area are even still operational / exist? To me, the repeater site operational costs alone, would take quite a commitment from the repeater financier. Unless someone is generously financially supporting these repeater groups, how do they stay functional for anyone? Possibly if there were Federal funding grants, that would be something to consider. (Have more repeater sites REACT / emergency use, as their primary function). Imagine today, a repeater site operator would have to incorporate better access controls, in-order to keep the frequencies "more" available for priority / urgent / emergency type of use (guessing about repeater use / traffic). Possibly even consider secondary / stand-by / less published frequencies, (if available and not too cost prohibitive). (:-). Enough of my wish-list wishing for this post... Yes?
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