Cruiserdrew said:Sam-There are several of us trialing 2m radio on the Death Valley run next month. I believe 35 mile range is pretty common at power outputs of 25 watts or so. The mobile unit I just got is a Yaesu 2800. It's made for auto use, has power levels of 5, 12, 25 and 60 watts (approximate-the book is in the 80 right now). At max power, it draws 10 amps, so you need a dedicated circuit to run it. It's about the size of a large CB radio, but is very heavy and appears nicely made. I'll let you know how it worked out. For most trail use, CB works pretty well.
Just for a tale to tell-Rubicon '04, Dave broke both rear axle shafts in Big Sluice. He was able to call Luke Porter from the trail and asked him to bring spare axles when he came in the next day. Pretty cool!
Given the wide open spaces and long distances, Death Valley seems like the ideal place to test out the usefullness of Ham radio when 4 wheeling.
edit-Ham radios are much more affordable than I had thought. You can get a complete mobile system including the antenna for less than $200. Considering a nice CB and antenna is $100-150, it really isn't that bad. The hassle factor is the test and the license.
rusty_tlc said:So do you have a connection with the Ham clubs that run the repeaters in the Rubicon area? I'm thinking when I get a few projects finished I will go for my 2M lic. A big reason I want this is to have communications on The Rubicon and Fordyce. Last year we had a rig go over on Fordyce, the passengers leg got caught between the side of the rig and the ground. Lucky the rig rolled off and the ground was soft at that point of the trail. Still scary. (And another reason not to run with no doors.)
jonb96150 said:Yeah, D.V. repeater coverage is pretty much non-existant, unless you are on top of a high ridge. (In Hawaii presently ).
Cruiserdrew said:That's good info. So there are repeaters in Trona? It makes sense that Ridgecrest would too, since it's kind of a techy community with China Lake NAS right there. Unfortunately, much of the time we will be down on the floor of the various valleys so no line of sight to anything! Is there an internet link to a list of repeaters?
e9999 said:so you have to set your radio to the specific frequency of the nearest repeater then?