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To: NewHampshireDuo
As I said, I know nothing about ham radio. I take it that a repeater is a device which allows you guys to exceed the range of your transceiver, probably many times over. It seems to me that you might be able to work out a system for "repeating" important messages from transceiver to transceiver without FEMA involvement. With FEMA involved, you'd probably need a good solid encryption system too.

Just trying to imagine how you might exclude a malignant government from your transmissions in a particular type of national emergency.

8 posted on 11/18/2011 9:01:25 PM PST by davisfh
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To: davisfh
I take it that a repeater is a device which allows you guys to exceed the range of your transceiver, probably many times over.

You are correct. Generally repeaters operate on the 2 meter VHF band although there are also numerous 70 cm and 6 meter repeaters out there. A repeater receives on one frequency and simultaneously transmits on another. VHF radios automatically make the shift adjustments on send and receive.

Repeaters are placed on high points, often sharing towers with commercial and public safety equipment. For the most part the repeaters are available for general use. However, most are also designated as emergency resources and if there is an emergency general traffic is disallowed.

That said, most hams use other methods (HF bands, relays, etc.) so that they can work effectively without having to rely on the "official" infrastructure.

9 posted on 11/19/2011 5:18:43 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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