Simplex is sort of forgotten, isn’t it? We do use simplex in our ARES and SAR groups, and also do a lot of practice with portable cross-band (battery-powered) repeaters. When I travel, I like to scan the simplex freq’s, but I hardly ever hear anything on 146.52 or 446.00 any more. Inexpensive handhelds and repeaters seem to be the thing now.
No, Aaron, it’s never far away. During a recent tornado warning down here, in Allen TX, I had my handheld with me at the Home Depot where I work, and we were able to confidently track the weather and keep those of us sheltering (trapped if you will) in the store relatively calm.
Back in the early 80s, having heard of this new technology in…[Read more]