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Desert emergency communication

Jul 18th 2013, 20:08


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A newly licensed ham wants to buy a rig that will let them communicate for help when in the desert.. What band, rig, antenna (mobile) is suggested?
Jul 19th 2013, 12:55


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Who is he going to communicate with?

More than likely, this will dictate the equipment he will need, unless he is going to buy equipment for everyone!

For example, I did a search and found some recommendations for 4 wheel drivers in the Australian Outback

Zack Lau W1VT
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Dec 20th 2013, 00:11


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My apologies for not see this post earlier in the process. I have and still do spend a lot of time in the Mojave Desert and I use a FT-8900 radio. There are others who use FT-7800 radios and do just fine. I would recommend a radio with dual band/channel capabilities one channel for simplex and the other for repeaters. If the newly licensed ham visits the Mojave Desert then table mountain 2 meter repeater maybe the one best repeater to use. I know for a fact table mountain has reach 9 miles pasted Baker and I've told it will reach to NV/CA state line.

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