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Old 05-24-2020, 01:25 PM   #1
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Mobile communication

I'm just starting my build and I was wondering if there are a lot of HAM operators in this group? If so, do you folks have a favorite frequency for locating other skoolies while travelling? Or maybe a series of frequencies to scan? Rick KD9MCZ
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Old 05-24-2020, 01:39 PM   #2
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I'm just starting my build and I was wondering if there are a lot of HAM operators in this group? If so, do you folks have a favorite frequency for locating other skoolies while travelling? Or maybe a series of frequencies to scan? Rick KD9MCZ
I would start with 146.520Mhz in the 2m band and 446Mhz in the 70cm band. If you're driving, that's probably where you'll find the most local traffic.

Also, you can pick up the repeater book app which will let you know how to connect to local repeaters around you.

I can't speak about the number of active hams, though...

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Old 05-24-2020, 01:42 PM   #3
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Thank you for that. I do have the repeater book app and use it. I was just wondering if the skoolie community had their own preferred frequencies.
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Old 05-24-2020, 01:52 PM   #4
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I wonder if we could put together a Skoolie net? That would be interesting...the boating community does something similar. It would probably have to be over HF though...I assume we are all spread out, so unless enough of us have DMR, that's the only way it would work.
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Old 05-24-2020, 03:42 PM   #5
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Great idea, I don't have the experience or expertise to pull that off, but I would sure participate.
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Old 05-27-2020, 01:20 PM   #6
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Great idea, I don't have the experience or expertise to pull that off, but I would sure participate.
They really are not so complicated. Basically, you have a control station that runs everything and each station (individual person, usually) checks in. Then, the control operator will bring up any scheduled topics, before finally asking if anyone else has any traffic. That's about it!

I've been a part of marine nets where cruisers will check in with each other once or twice a day to provide position information and maybe weather. For them, its a safety thing, but I could see some uses for RV/Skoolie use also.

In order to participate, you would need an HF ham radio and the General class license from the FCC to use it. I don't think we could get decent enough range on the Technician portion of the bands.
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