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local repeaters

Postby tegsy1 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:52 pm

Hi All, just a quick note,I am taking the foundation in december which I am really looking forward to. My question is this, I have boafeng masuto,ubc 125xlt, realistic pro 200, Leixen radio, and ubc 355 clt. I have a telescopic antenna which is at least 40 ft from ground,I also have a j pole which I made myself and a diamond x30. I live on the wirral and the repeater I receive daily is the G3LI, Surely I should be picking up more repeaters with the equipment I have. 433.250 433.150 and 433.750 are the main frequencies I receive clearly each day,am I doing something wrong? I dont use ccts either. Thanks for any help.
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Re: local repeaters

Postby m0lsx » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:52 pm

What you hear will depend upon the topography between you & each repeater. It is not about distance, but about attenuation.
Sometimes moving a VHF or UHF antenna just a few feet makes the difference between nothing at all & a S9 or more signal.
I have a friend who can work his local repeater at the kerbside in front of his home & with his front bumper close to his garage door. But those few feet between nothing.
The following site will allow you, together with a mapping site that gives grid reference's, some idea of the terrain between you & individual repeaters. I put both antennas at 10 meters above ground level. It is not scientific, but the mapping software do not not include things like buildings & trees etc. However it does give you an idea of if you should possibly hear something or not.
http://www.megalithia.com/elect/terrain.html
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