I just got my first GMRS repeater on the air yesterday. It's listed in the directory as Ballyhac Cove and it's located at my home in Owl's Head, ME. The intent is to have a repeater that will cover the immediate area which includes Owl's Head (of course), Rockland and Thomaston to the north and the small towns south of us on the peninsula.
Crossing fingers I went out today with a mobile rig in the car and my wife Chris on a HT at the house. I headed north through the Owl's Head village and then up to Rockland downtown, then south on Rt. 1 to Thomaston and then looped back along the St. George River. I could hear the repeater very well except for a couple of dead spots around buildings in Rockland. Chris had more dead air and crackling, probably more related to my cheapie mobile antenna than anything else. The center of the village was also pretty dead but you can't get cell phone reception there either.
Obviously having the repeater at my house (which is on the shore of Ballyhac Cove) instead of on a high spot is not helping anything but my goals are modest too, at least for now.
I do have a question regarding a glitch when I posted the info on the repeater. Owl's Head properly has the apostrophe in the name. When I entered it on the page with the map, it comes out on the graphic on the page as Owl/'s Head with a slash before the apostrophe. Any way of getting rid of that without dropping the apostrophe?