March Death Valley Noobs Ride Communications (HAM, GSRM, etc)

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  1. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Okay folks, post up here if you want the world to get to know you.

    Since I"m coordinating the ham radio aspect I"ll start.

    Official repeater: 146.900 - Offset, PL tone 123.0

    This is a store-and-forward repeater. When you complete your transmission it will play it; in other words you get to hear yourself every time.

    Official simplex: 146.585.

    I will not be actively monitoring the radio as I do not have a wired helmet. I intend to check in when we come to stops, eat lunch, etc.

    I'm in spot 40 and will be the guy at PSR with the motorcycle.

    If anybody is running GSRM, smoke signals, or telepathy feel free to share.

    My call is KJ6KVL although I doubt I'll be using it too much since we'll be on our own frequencies. :deal
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  2. l18flyboy

    l18flyboy Adventurer

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    Thanks for creating the thread and for setting up the repeater!

    I'll be in camp site #72. Planning to ride with the handheld and monitor the simplex and repeater frequencies. Just got the throat mic and remote PTT, so looking forward to seeing how well it works.

    Steve
    KK6CSQ
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  3. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    SAT

    I am running the HT Mountain through Hidden Valley loop out to pavement via Ubehebe in the 4x4.

    I THINK I will have a radio in the truck and will listen if I do while on that loop until I hit pavement. By then I think I will be out of the range of the repeater due to topography.

    If help is needed along that route (I plan to leave camp bout 830ish) most of the bikes should be ahead of me.

    Use my screen name DSM8 that will suffice as my call sign.
    OR MINSKY

    either one will work
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  4. espi

    espi scheming adventurer

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    I'm in!
    long story- but ALL that matters is that I'm in!

    ki6bdb
    both have my 89 blue 4runner(British friend driving it) and & a black 650 Vstrom(me).
    I will loiter @ the Saline Valley HS. Thursday thru Sat afternoon.
    I will monitor the freqs!
    We can meet @ PSR restaurant Weds night for a vis a vis:deal
    I will have some fuel/beers/ water for sale- need to contact me ahead of time regard fuel sales:

    ki6bdb@yahoo.com
    or (818) four two seven 0005 text/ voice.

    Seeya out there...
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  5. Ronyo

    Ronyo n00b

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    Where is that repeater located?
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  6. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    In my storage unit, currently! During the event it is placed such that from a 5 watt HT you can get from Panamint Valley Resort to the Saline Valley Warm springs through that repeater.

    Well. It would if the radio doesn't die on us like it did this year :(
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  7. Ronyo

    Ronyo n00b

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    Sorry to hear that,
    I'm planning a 5 day trip to the north part of DV and i'm looking for information on repeaters in the area.
    Do you know of any that covers that area?
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  8. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Ah. I'm afraid I'm not aware of any public repeaters out there. It's a bit of a challenging area, logistically.
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  9. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    FYI there are a few places you can typically get cell coverage, here are a few for AT&T network. Along the East side of Towne Pass on CA-190 you can get signal in a few of the big sweeper turns. You can also get pretty damn good signal at Teakettle Junction. Along Panamint Valley Road about six miles South of CA-190. I've gotten some signal at Saline Valley Warm Springs but it was fleeting, I don't know if you can rely on it, really.

    I'd suggest a Spot (or other device) in case shit hits the fan. If you have local friends designate them for your non-emergency help message. Let them know that message means you're not in danger but can't get yourself out of a situation. The Spot Connect is another option, this will allow you to send a personalized message outbound when paired with a smart phone however the device needs the phone to operation, I personally don't like that. As a bonus you can link the satellite messenger to your Facebook & Twitter accounts so you can gloat to all your friends that you're out riding while they're stuck at work.

    Last you can consider renting a satellite phone for the duration of your trip. I've rented from https://www.satellitephonestore.com/ several times in the past. It costs some money but can give you peace of mind. I've always gotten work to pay for my rentals.

    Have fun out there.
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  10. Ronyo

    Ronyo n00b

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    Great information.
    Thank you.
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