Since I transitioned to using Motorola transceivers, XPR 7550e (UHF), CP200 (VHF), and XPR 7580 (33-Centimeter), I have to do my best to ensure that each of these transceivers can provide me with the necessary coverage I need in the event of a catastrophe that knocks out the mobile phone services.
By far, my XPR 7550e (UHF) is my best equipped emergency transceiver; because, it can connect me to land, sea, and air personnel; and, it provides me with analog repeater coverage within all 50 states in America. As mentioned in my previous BLOGs, I primarily use UHF (70-Centimeter) over VHF and 33-Centimeter bands.
I also programmed repeaters from Italy, Canada, and England.
I have the code-plug for all these repeaters and more for Motorola (MOTOTRBO) and Yaesu (FT1XDR, VX-6R, and FT-857D); so, if you don’t wanna program them or don’t know the way to program them, let me know.
My code-plug was created from the POV of a San Franciscan. In other words, if you visited San Francisco, you will have a communications network spanning from San Francisco to Seattle, Washington and from San Francisco to just about Tijuana, Mexico.
My code-plug also has the feature of being POV at New York, Los Angeles, Reno, Lake Tahoe, London, England, Rome, Italy, Bologna, Italy, and parts of Canada. In other words, if you visit these cities, you will have a communications network in these cities, as well as transmitting out from these cities to different parts of the world.
My code-plug will provide you with a communications network that can reach almost anywhere in the world from almost any POV city in the United States you are transmitting.
For DMR users, my code-plug has roaming set up for New York City, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Reno, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay Area.
For analog users, my code-plug has scanning features for the San Francisco Bay Area.
The final feature of my code-plug is APRS. My code-plug will track you on APRS.fi; and, my roaming is set up to continue the GPS tracking as you travel throughout New York City, San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, throughout Los Angeles, and San Diego.
It took me about three months to create this code-plug; because, I tested and adjusted my code-plug after using it throughout California, Nevada, and New York City. Unless the repeater owners change their settings, my code-plug is fully functional as is: Version: 188.8.131.52.
(The first number is the number of iterations; the second number is the date; the third number is the month; and, the fourth number is the year; hence, this is the 25th code-plug, created and tested on 14-October-2017.)
So, if you’re a UHF operator, regardless if you use Motorola or not, check out these repeater networks that I programmed into my code-plug. I bet you have many of them already; but, just in case you don’t, this list might be helpful for you to get started or to make adjustments to your existing code-plug.
UHF Repeaters for Comm Ops:
- CARLA System: This network is a must. It is maintained and optimized for emergency communications. Visit the website, and read up on the Dos and Don’ts of this repeater network. I recommend you program not only the Link PL but all the Local PLs, too. It’s not really designed for lengthy social conversations…if you wanna do social conversations, restrict the time you talk; and, if you can, use the Local PL to have social conversations. This network has both analog and DMR repeaters, as well as 30-Centimeter repeaters.
- WIN System: This network is mainly a social network; and, it has coverage for about 16 states. This repeater can also be used for emergencies. Check out their website for their Dos and Don’ts. This network only has analog repeaters.
- PAPA System: This network is also a must — this repeater network focuses its network for Southern California operators: Los Angeles, to San Diego, and just about to Mexico, as well. It can be used for social conversations, as well as emergencies. This network has both DMR and analog repeaters.
- SNARS: This network is also a must — this repeater network focuses its network in Lake Tahoe and Reno. It can be used for social conversations, as well as emergencies. It has both DMR and analog repeaters.
- Brandmeister Northern California: This the DMR repeater network for Northern California. I mainly use DMR for social HAM operations — you can use it for emergencies; but, DMR is still not widely recognized as an emergency medium like its counter-part repeater medium, which is analog. Because it uses a computer protocol for access, the idea is that it will most likely not work if the power and internet go down.
900 Mhz Repeaters:
- NC9RS: This is a must for 900 Mhz. It has repeaters inside and outside of California. It is well-maintained and reliable. It has analog repeaters. I use this repeater network for my Motorola XPR 7580.
- CARLA System: This network is a must. It has DMR and analog repeaters.
- Bay-net: This is a must for 900 Mhz. It is analog and System Fusion.
My first choice for emergencies is always analog; but, I do have tons of DMR repeaters as back-up and alternative communications mediums — remember, when it’s an emergency, any communications you can get to is the goal — be it DMR, analog, mobile phone, smoke signals, or a string with two tin cans.
So, there you have it…repeaters that are in my Motorola and Yaesu transceivers. I also have other frequencies not listed in this BLOG — those frequencies are for my volunteer work with the fire department, sheriff’s department, and police department.
Any questions, let me know.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)