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#1 commsprepper

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 06:33 PM

New to GMRS and I would like to setup a repeater.  Can someone tell me where to start (aside from buying the repeater)?

 

Thank you in advance.

 

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 08:53 PM

Repeater builder.com


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 08:55 PM

Sorry bout that, iPad dumped the rest. Checkout the above site. It will answer a lot of your questions. If you have more, lots of here can help.


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 04:59 PM

Thanks



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 05:42 PM

Can you tell me what the rules are?  Do a need a repeater specific license?



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:41 PM

You need a licenses to use a repeater.


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:42 PM

Google fcc
gmrs requirements.


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:56 PM

You need a licenses to use a repeater.


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Repeater operation on the 8 GMRS repeater pairs is covered by the standard GMRS license. There is no special license for GMRS repeater operation.

 

Licenses?


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:03 PM

You still need a licenses to use it...u need a licenses for all gmrs operations.


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 12:31 PM

  1. Secure your GMRS license
  2. Secure a tower space before doing anything else!

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 08:55 PM

I have a great location for a repeater.  Now I just need to buy one.  I was looking at the Ritron Liberty repeater.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 08:46 AM

Do yourself a favor and get something a little more robust. Lots of great used gear on eBay  The Ritron Liberty repeater is a 2 watt unit made for inter building use with a low duty cycle and narrow band usage. This is not a good choice at all. If you have a great location (top of a mountain or tower over 100') set up something decent, do it right the first time. Putting up a proper repeater that has any real coverage (25 to 30 miles) is going to cost yea if you want to do it right.

 

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 12:34 PM

I agree with Corey. The "Liberty" is the wrong repeater for GMRS purposes. Ritron's "Patriot RRX 450" would be a better choice, although it is limited to 30 watts max @ 50% duty cycle.
http://www.ritron.com/prod_patr1.html



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 06:58 PM

Thanks.  I have also been looking at the BridgeCom System repeaters.  Just need to get a few folks to chip in on the purchase.



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Posted 22 February 2017 - 12:26 PM

I have been running a BridgeCom BC-40DU repeater for nearly a full year now 24/7 since first power on. Unfortunately my antenna system isn't adequate to really allow the repeater to perform as well as it could, but that's certainly not the repeater's fault! :D


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