Well, today, Thursday, 6-April-2017, @ 1150 Hours PDT, is gloomy and wet; so, my Diamond X-50 antenna coax is all coiled up and inactive until the rain passes.
That’s close to 100 frequencies I entered into one transceiver. For two transceivers, it was close to 200 frequencies. Here is a list of all the CARLA System frequencies, Link PLs, and Local PLs I entered into both of my transceivers in one day.
Was it worth the time, the effort, the mental strain, and the eye strain? Hell yeah!
After I entered all these frequencies and tones into both transceivers, I experienced a situation whereby, I needed one of the repeaters while I was traveling.
I had a rehearsal in Oakland, and I brought my hand-held Yaesu VX-6R transceiver with me; and, I could not maintain the connection to CARLA System 2 in San Francisco; because, I was in Oakland, so I quickly used CARLA System 5, and I was able to increase my signal distance through that repeater. Had I not programmed, all of CARLA’s repeaters into my hand-held transceiver, I would be restricted to simplex frequency connections; and, I don’t have a network of HAM operators that I meet with at a specific simplex for communication.
That same evening, my sister went shopping at a mall in Daly City, CA; and, once again, I brought my hand-held transceiver; and, I was able to pick and connect to the CARLA System 32, which is the Pacifica, CA repeater.
Because I programmed close to 200 frequencies and tones, I am very proficient in storing, naming, and tagging both my transceivers.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)