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Old 08-23-2016, 01:57 AM   #1
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I usually monitor .52 VHF anytime I'm mobile but rarely hear anything. Sometime I'll beacon APRS with the QSY feature active but never had any bites on that.
Do you have a favorite VHF or HF frequency to monitor while on the road?
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:35 AM   #2
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I usually monitor 146.52.
I have a decal on the back window of my truck "146.52 I'm Listening" and another "WA3UOE Amateur Radio"
I very seldom hear anything.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:43 AM   #3
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I usually monitor 146.52.
I have a decal on the back window of my truck "146.52 I'm Listening" and another "WA3UOE Amateur Radio"
I very seldom hear anything.
Same here. I have a similar sticker on the tailgate of the truck and one on the rear of the fifth wheeler. Virtually nothing heard.

I do select up the local amateur repeaters when traveling through the Adirondack Mountains. The clubs have managed to install repeaters at public safety radio sites on mountain tops throughout the park. Coverage is good to excellent despite the hills and mountains. Today I am traveling 54 miles up Route 30 to Indian Lake. The repeater on Oak Mountain in Speculator gives great coverage all the way up and back.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:07 AM   #4
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I have the call sign and 146.52 on the back of the trailer.

I will scan local repeaters until out of range and sometimes program destination repeaters into the rig and scan those when arriving.

We also use .52 when setting up and as a link between the trailer and truck if one of us should leave the campground.
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:16 AM   #5
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I just have callsign plates on the towed.. Good enough to get me a few .52 contacts including one at a truck stop. So naturally we Eyeballed.
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:52 AM   #6
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I think the CB/truckers get a little frustrated with the 5/8 antenna on my cab roof, they wonder why I don't have my ears on and won't talk back.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:37 PM   #7
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I throw my call out occasionally. That gets more results than waiting to hear something.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:41 PM   #8
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Hi and thanks for letting me join. I'm Rick, N5GI, and my wife Jean (KE5PIP) are currently on a 3 week road trip with our RV. We are monitoring 146.52 Simplex and sending position reports via APRS when mobile. We are currently camping at Pagoso Springs RV park in Colorado. We have a Kenwood D710G installed permanently in our Fourwinds Class C RV, and we are carrying a Icom IC-7000 for HF using a Lil' Tarheel screwdriver antenna. I didn't have time to permanently install the Icom before we left as this is a new RV and I had a few "bugs" to work out related to the RV before I had time to address Ham Radio.

We are now heading in a circle from here through Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and finally home to Texas. Planning to get the HF on the air soon to see how it works out on the road.
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Hi and thanks for letting me join. I'm Rick, N5GI, and my wife Jean (KE5PIP) are currently on a 3 week road trip with our RV. We are monitoring 146.52

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We are now heading in a circle from here through Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and finally home to Texas.
Welcome aboard! We actually like new folks around here, so jump right in. Tell Jean we even have a YL forum. And it needs some use!

Looking forward to hearing from you as you travel. That's quite a circle!
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This is what I had on my last 5'er which had the spare tire mounted on the rear, but now that I have a new Montana, the tire is underneath. Even so, I had maybe only 2 stations call me as of this tire cover, but even so, I still monitor .52 simplex and my APRS message says I monitor .52 also.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:32 AM   #11
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I also monitor 146.52. I don't have a sign on my back window, but I'm planning on doing it, both on my RV and my pickup. One thing I do when traveling is to transmit my call sign and "listening" every few miles and around towns of any size. I do get a response occasionally which is nice.

My radio is an ICOM ID51A+ so I don't have a lot of FM range. An external antenna on my truck is in the planning stages.

My HT is a DStar model and I have a portable DStar hotspot that I travel with also using my smartphone and Verizon as an internet connection. I always monitor Ref030C when traveling and also when at a camp site. Lots of activity on DStar so there is always someone to talk to or listen to and from most anywhere in the world too.
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You mean it's actually possible to figure out that D-Star stuff?
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Old 08-25-2016, 11:51 AM   #13
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I just became aware of a ham radio group in the "Family Motor Coach Assoc".
http://www.fmcaarc.com/
They monitor 146.55 simplex on the road and at rallys according to the information.
I see there is a member right down in your area Carl, AE4KJ.
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You mean it's actually possible to figure out that D-Star stuff?
Yep and it works anywhere I have a good Verizon data signal or a DStar repeater if I'm in an area with one as I am right now.
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I run multiple radios
146.52.. Always have a radio on 146.52
Scanner... It may just be doing the band (2mtrs or 70cm depending on how I feel, or both)
or it may be scanning specific frequencies

Two CB's 19 and 13 (good sam's channel)

But 146.52 is the primary that I monitor on road.
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:00 PM   #16
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I usually monitor 146.52.
I have a decal on the back window of my truck "146.52 I'm Listening" and another "WA3UOE Amateur Radio"
I very seldom hear anything.
Like wise but have found if you just give a ramdom call on 52 you can generally reply. A lot of people montior 52
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