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  • #16
    Serious question here - I live on a mountain, with lots of woods. I get no cell reception up here. I'd considered a CB, but the only other person who would be around to answer and relay messages is on another mountain the other side of town, about 20-25 miles away. her father lives in the valley of the town I live in and is a possibility, but I'd hate to invest in equipment if it isn't going to reach anyone!
    What do you all suggest?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by herbalpagan View Post
      Serious question here - I live on a mountain, with lots of woods. I get no cell reception up here. I'd considered a CB, but the only other person who would be around to answer and relay messages is on another mountain the other side of town, about 20-25 miles away. her father lives in the valley of the town I live in and is a possibility, but I'd hate to invest in equipment if it isn't going to reach anyone!
      What do you all suggest?
      I'd say that you're in a much better position for CB comms than if you both lived at lower elevations.
      Years ago I used to go up on the Blue Ridge Parkway (in western NC) and easily talk to Charlotte...barefoot!...sometimes even further.
      Got any friends that have CB's? If so...try it from peak to peak, just make sure that you know what they have as far as power goes.

      One thing that I noticed just recently, as I have been researching Ham gear, is that you can easily spend more money per watt on CB gear than you can on 2 meter Ham gear...and the ham wattage is legal. Check online to see if there are any 2 meter repeaters in your area.

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      • #18
        Snal,

        Was this at night time? I've heard CB "skips" only after dark.
        Also, the dollar per watt info is very interesting. I hadn't considered that.

        But, then again, I'm ignernt.
        If it looks ignernt, but it works, then it ain't ignernt.

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        • #19
          CB, 2m, 10m etc is all great

          but again it won't conect us cross state, and state to state

          so question is, do you want to communicate with any of your fellow colony members if TSHTF
          WHAT IF THE AMERICA YOU KNEW, WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE?

          The best thing you can do to support the site is pass it on to your friends and fav sites like other forums, facebook, twitter etc. Let people know about us! :)

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Vicious Ignernt View Post
            Snal,

            Was this at night time? I've heard CB "skips" only after dark.
            Also, the dollar per watt info is very interesting. I hadn't considered that.

            But, then again, I'm ignernt.
            I don't know about the skip only occuring after dark...but this was at night.

            I haven't actually crunched the $ numbers on the watts CB vs 2M...but just generally researching my recent 2m radio purchase (Icom IC-2200H w/65 watts $149) compared to any AM/FM/SSB/10m/11m modile radio that I could find that was rated at 45 watts and up started at $369.
            True...the $369 radio covers alot of ground, but I'd still rather have my cheap CB and linear and a decent 2m for the same total amount of money or less.

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            • #21
              I'd go with a General Class ham ticket and HF gear as well as 2m VHF (for local comms). 2m APRS for short text messaging to fill the gap from Technician to General license...

              10M is okay when the sunspot cycle is at its peak, but is down right now :(

              I'd go with 20m and 40m SSB, MFSK16, and Winlink email :)

              Of course I am biased ;)
              73

              later,
              ZA

              Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
              beat you to death with it because it is empty.

              The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by snal View Post
                I don't know about the skip only occuring after dark...but this was at night.

                I haven't actually crunched the $ numbers on the watts CB vs 2M...but just generally researching my recent 2m radio purchase (Icom IC-2200H w/65 watts $149) compared to any AM/FM/SSB/10m/11m modile radio that I could find that was rated at 45 watts and up started at $369.
                True...the $369 radio covers alot of ground, but I'd still rather have my cheap CB and linear and a decent 2m for the same total amount of money or less.
                Good choice snal on the 2200 :)
                73

                later,
                ZA

                Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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                • #23
                  I am heasding to carolina, it sounds like thats where every one is, Does anyone have room for me?? I am multi talented especially on Tuesdays
                  Watch this!!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Xolar View Post
                    I am heasding to carolina, it sounds like thats where every one is, Does anyone have room for me?? I am multi talented especially on Tuesdays
                    I'd say yes...but I'd need to adjust the rent due to the cost of an extensive background check to insure that you're first name isn't really "Arnold" :D

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Zombie Axe View Post
                      Good choice snal on the 2200 :)
                      I hate making choices like that! I'd been pondering a "like new" FT8800R w/faceplate kit that I found in the local classifieds...the ultimately decided to get the 2200 for the truck, AND the used FT8800R for a base. Placed the order for the 2200 and called they guy back on the Yaesu...only to find that it had just sold.
                      Oh well...I did follow your advice and ordered the Lakeview dual band base antenna, short mobile, and split the difference with a 4" NMO magnetic mount for the truck.
                      I really appreciate all of your help during my decision making process!
                      Last edited by snal; 02-13-2009, 07:20 AM.

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                      • #26
                        Anytime bro :) Glad I could help!!!
                        73

                        later,
                        ZA

                        Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                        beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                        The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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