Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Enjoy 2 Meter Radio

Stan's List

Things You Can do on 2 meter radio...

...see Scott's List...below for more ideas...add your comments

Learn to use ECHO LINK - talk to stations all over the world.

Access AUTOPATCH (on some repeaters) for short phone calls.

Try out IRLP *See the Post on this blog

Send and Receive SSTV photos

Prepare to send emergency message traffic - ***know all the rules***

Listen for EMERGENCY MESSAGE TRAFFIC by scanning a list of frequencies.


Use your 2M radio as input to CROSS BAND REPEAT equipment.

Use your 2M radio to input DTMF TONES into a repeater for a station without this function.

Use your 2M radio to test power out of a repeater during REPEATER MAINTENANCE

Use your 2M radio to access TALK IN FREQUENCIES to a hamfest or field day.

"Over to you...Scott and the Group"

Scott's List

With a simple HT (say, 5W of power)…

Talk to someone line-of-sight “direct” on a simplex (146.520, etc.) frequency – typically less than a few miles.

Keep track of a Ham friend on a camping trip, Support a parade,
Be the talk-in frequency for an event,
Home in on the wiley fox on 146.310 MHz.Help locate downed weather balloons. ( astro.okstate.edu )

Communicate between band captains at Field Day, etc.
work the local repeater. (Tiger Hill repeater is 146.910 (out) 146.310 (in))typically less than 10 miles.Communicate easily with folks in Broken Arrow with fewer distance restrictions and dead-zones than you would have using strictly HTs.

Join in our weekly nets (2000 M, 1900 W, 1900 F)

Communicate with some of the better-equipped stations in NE Oklahoma.

Report storms on the weather net.

Try your hand at IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project)Use your HT to transmit and listen to Kevin’s (KD5RHF) IRLP node. (146.535?) Send the commands to connect it to other stations around the world. The internet carries your voice between the 2 nodes.

Listen to astronauts (when they have time) operate from the International Space Station. 145.800 MHz. (transmitting can be a bit more involved)
With a mobile or base 2m FM rig (say, 20 to 100W of power) with an external antenna …

Talk to someone line-of-sight “direct” on a simplex (146.520, etc.) frequency for many tens of miles.

Participate in many nets on all the metro-Tulsa repeaters and quite a few in NE Oklahoma. Try the Saturday Night Simplex Net on 146.550 MHz.
participate in VHF contests such as the TARC Oklahoma Shootout in which you try and work as many people from different grid squares and/or counties as you can.

With 440 MHz coverage on your radio you could
work UHF repeaters such as the TARC UHF-linked system to easily talk to stations from I-35 to Arkansas and from Kansas to the Red River.
Work the crossband repeater on the International Space Station to communicate several states away.

With a PC and Internet Access you could
talk across the world with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) software like Echolink.
Monitor the movement of APRS-equipped hams at http://www.openaprs.net/.

With 2m SSB (single-sideband ) mode and an appropriate antenna you could
a. take advantage of enhanced propagation and talk for 100s of miles during seasonal band openings, meteor showers, etc.

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