After almost 2 years of scheming, dreaming and false starts (getting a new job, getting married, new home) I finally talked the wife into getting us up and on the air (well as soon as the gear arrives, I spend the day getting the attenna's up.
This will be for Woodford County IL, I coordinated with Gary in Pekin IL so we aren't interfering with other GMRS setups.
I am sort of excited since last time I was doing GMRS was back in the 80's with a little UNiden 25 watt repeater, that sadly died along with a rather expensive 12 db Sinclair ant in a fire
This setup will be using a Vertex VXR-7000 with a 9 db Comet antenna, I haven't the dough yet for a tower, so will be on a 20-30 foot mast attached to a dormer so I will be effectivly 40 foot above the ground though I am on one of the highest points in the county over looking the river valley into the metro area. I am expecting some decent HT coverage and rock solid mobile for 12 to 15 miles, the propogation map shows a lot further out, but not sure I trust it (I set it to the suggests I read here)
I am hoping I can get by with just 1/2 hardline and someday get a tower so I can get 60-80 feet up.
My radios will be Motorola's I was told the HT's are not Part 95 so I am sad to hear that (Astro Saber's)
My mobiles and base unit (to access the outer repeaters) is CMD1225's
I plan on getting a couple of those bubble pack Motorola's that have repeater capabilities to use around the property and figure they will cover around town, we are rural and our town is like a mile from the house and is just a stop light and a couple stores.