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Old 03-27-2012, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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List of HAM Repeaters to use on the 'Con?

Can someone list the repeaters for use while running the Rubicon? I saw mention of a few on here but surely there must be a list available somewhere. Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I am sitting for my license on Saturday so all this HAM stuff is new to me. Also, will a handheld 2 meter radio with a stock rubber-ducky antenna be sufficient for reaching the repeater(s)?

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Can someone list the repeaters for use while running the Rubicon? I saw mention of a few on here but surely there must be a list available somewhere. Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I am sitting for my license on Saturday so all this HAM stuff is new to me. Also, will a handheld 2 meter radio with a stock rubber-ducky antenna be sufficient for reaching the repeater(s)?

Here you go.

http://www.rubicontrail.org/RTF-HamRadios.htm
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For on the trail were on the ka6gwy (use the link above) but The n6icw works well and the mount Vaca box works as well, it reaches the bay area well. I was talking from loon to the south bay on the mt. Vaca box. Depending on what your or who and were your trying to get out to.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Link above lists the rubicon repeaters accurately, but they are not up right now (it broke, we fixed it, it's going back up next week).

Just an FYI.
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I can confirm that you can hit N6ICW from Dublin easily. I cant make contact on the 805 though. I can hit it (on rare occasions), just not enough power to transmit a modulated signal.
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I can confirm that you can hit N6ICW from Dublin easily. I cant make contact on the 805 though. I can hit it (on rare occasions), just not enough power to transmit a modulated signal.
dont know about the N6ICW, but the MT.Vaca repeater yes you should get easy from dublin. give me a call if you want Ryan i can git you in on a few down there that will work well for you. broke my phone i need to rebuild my phone book

john if i can be of any help please let me know heck i can meet you at your house and snow shoe in pulling a winch line or whatever
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The N6ICW works fine from much of the Rubicon, gotta pick your spot though!

Thanks Steven, not sure what the plan is yet, but I think we have plenty of folks. I'll keep you appraised.
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Am I going to be able to hit those repeaters with a lowly HT putting out 5 watts with a rubber duckie?? Am I going to need an external mag-mount antenna for it to be useable? How about APRS? Is there an APRS digi around?
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It is always the antenna that makes the biggest difference. I had a handheld and was on the bridge at Eleven Pines on the Rubicon River and could not get out. My buddy had the same radio with a mounted antenna and it did get out with good signal.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Am I going to be able to hit those repeaters with a lowly HT putting out 5 watts with a rubber duckie?? Am I going to need an external mag-mount antenna for it to be useable? How about APRS? Is there an APRS digi around?
What Scott said. 90% of the Rubicon has handheld coverage, and we are putting in a new receiver with better sensitivity, changing the cavities, and turning up the power a little bit this year, so maybe it'll be better than 90%.
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Sounds good. I do have an external mag mount antenna but the rated gain is only about 1.7 dB but I can definitely tell the difference. Just thought I might need to use only the rubber duckie if I am out hiking around and get into trouble.

Someone said that all the repeaters were down a month or so back. Have they been repaired yet?
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Someone said that all the repeaters were down a month or so back. Have they been repaired yet?
See my last post in this thread...they're still down, they will be back up by the second week of May, and within a month or so, they will be "new and improved".

EDIT: my bad, I only put part of that in my last post...yup, they're still down
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How about APRS? Is there an APRS digi around?
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Am all set up for APRS and interested if anyone else has tracked thru the trail with this format?
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I'm set up for APRS also. When the trail melts/dries and is passable I'll do a run and see what I come up with.
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Am all set up for APRS and interested if anyone else has tracked thru the trail with this format?
I've played with a bit, Mark... without an APRS repeater in range, you're limited to who you can catch close by. It was fun to play with, but not ultimately productive, IMHO.

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Time will tell... So far i have good luck out in very remote areas in central nevada-- from warm springs, NV hitting the bishop, ca digipeater. We logged our entire trip out to Ely, NV and back from Reno w/ full APRS coverage, even in canyons, etc where there are no FM repeaters available. Will try it on the con this year and hope is works. I see the closest digipeaters at Rancho del Sol, Echo Summit, Heavenly Valley and Nevada City. Its fun to invite others to watch your progress and get heading, elevation and MPH plus other data all superimposed on google maps.

using a dedicated 75 watt yaesu 2m for TX, a tiny trak 3 for GPS interface and a dedicated 5/8 2m antenna. APRS uses very little spectrum for a TX as opposed to a FM voice TX. Like sending a text when voice service is unavailable.

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www.aprs.fi

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I can confirm that you can hit N6ICW from Dublin easily. I cant make contact on the 805 though. I can hit it (on rare occasions), just not enough power to transmit a modulated signal.
Hi, Sorry for the necro and big thanks for this thread. Because of this thread, I tried out the N6ICW repeater.

I just wanted to let folks know that I have hit the N6ICW Sacramento repeater using my android phone because it is on EchoLink.

Also, I did a signal check today from the middle of Pleasanton and about 4 people came back and and were impressed that I had a very clear signal (Yaesu FTM-400 @ 50w). They said to call back any time on my next drive up to the con. They corroborated that folks can hit the N6ICW repeater in South Tahoe from the trail. The three repeaters (Sacramento, Tahoe & Chico) are linked.

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