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Chief Rick

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6 hours ago, Chief Rick said:

I talked to our local ARES emergency coordinator last night.


His recommendation was to save up a little more and buy a Yaesu FTM-300DR.  His reasonings; the digital mode allows use of Wires-X, the Yaesu is easier to program and Yaesu's are what most of the operators in this area are using.


There's a meeting this Saturday morning at 0900 I plan to attend.


I'm surprised your repeaters are so active.  Ours are quiet 22 hours a day.  The most service they get is once a week when we have our net.  I'd probably leave my radio on at home, especially when I'm the only one home....but I seldom ever do.  I guess in some sense, I'm part of the problem and not the solution.

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The three repeaters I reached each have their weekly net meetings on different nights.


I don't know how active they are during the day but several local operators do leave their radios on when they're at home in the evenings and on the weekends.


I don't have a "shack" so I'll only be active during the net meetings or special circumstances for the immediate future.

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