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Hall ARES Featured In CQ Magazine
Free Mobile Radio
To All Area Amateur Radio Operators:
Hall County A.R.E.S. will be giving away a free Yaesu FT-1900 55 watt 2 meter mobile radio at their September meeting. The giveaway will include the radio, mobile antenna, antenna mount, coax and installation. The only requirement is that the winner be a licensed amateur and be willing to let us install the radio at the meeting. The topic of the meeting will be how to install a mobile radio with a hands on demonstration. All you have to do is show up and let us install it in your vehicle if your the winner.
All attendees will receive one free ticket for the drawing and we will be selling extra chance tickets for five bucks. We want to encourage any and all operators to attend. You do not have to be an ARES member to qualify. We encourage all of our local members and any interested members from other ARES groups to attend. Please forward this notice to anyone that you feel may be interested.
Where: Hall County Emergency Services Complex
470 Crescent Drive, Gainesville GA 30501
When: 14 September 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Cross Band Repeater
Many dual-band transceivers offer a "cross-band repeater" function, useful for linking local portables with distant repeaters, or as a quickly deployable hill-top repeater.
Crossband repeat, for those unfamiliar, is a feature offered by some dualband mobile rigs, in which one side of the radio listens to a 70cm simplex frequency and retransmits what it hears on the input of a 2-meter repeater. Audio from the 2-meter repeater’s output is retransmitted on the 70cm simplex channel. That allows the user to walk around talking and listening to the 70cm simplex frequency which is connected to the repeater via the mobile radio.
So how is this used for ARES? Well simply put we basicly create a local repeater for members to access with their HT's in the field. As an example the EmComm trailer is set up at a location that is difficult for HT users to reach a repeater but by setting up a cross-band repeater in the trailer users are now able to access the repeater through the EmComm trailer. Some of the advantages for this would be:
These are just a few of the advantages of this mode. If you would like to know more about this mode of operation in conjunction with ARES leave a comment. If we have enough people interested we will create program that covers this and include a demonstration.