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Everest Camp 2 on 144.30.

Postby m0lsx » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:31 pm

I am currently watching Everest Rescue on the Discovery History channel & one of the Helicopter pilots was talking about the problems of comms on Mount Everest.
He said he was off to Camp 2 & had been told the frequency was 144.30.


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Re: Everest Camp 2 on 144.30.

Postby Metradio » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:51 pm

Frequency dates back to Icom selling the 2m IC2A to all and sundry at bargain prices, all sorts of people can be found between 144 and 148MHz. That's where the phrase "Icom chatter" in the 'stan originated...

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Re: Everest Camp 2 on 144.30.

Postby SilverShadow » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:30 pm

Metradio wrote:Frequency dates back to Icom selling the 2m IC2A to all and sundry at bargain prices, all sorts of people can be found between 144 and 148MHz. That's where the phrase "Icom chatter" in the 'stan originated...


I think they might have done the same thing with the Icom IC-T22.

We bought one from an outdoor/mountaineering shop around 10 or more years ago (they had around 6 or 7 in the cabinet), no other radio stuff was in the shop, apart from what I think were GPS locators, just the usual tents, outdoor clothing, boots, Kendal mint cake, camping gaz etc. etc. My partner did the open up mod on it (something simple like removing an IC chip or similar) and Police were still analogue at the time so we used it to listen to the 152/154/155 MHz bands along with other VHF PMR, I think it opened up from about 108MHz to about 178MHz, you could get the airband but it was FM. I did find it a little strange at the time that they were selling them and neither of us were asked if we had an amateur or any other kind of license.
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Re: Everest Camp 2 on 144.30.

Postby Metradio » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:55 pm

SilverShadow wrote:.......I think they might have done the same thing with the Icom IC-T22......

It started with the Icom IC2A and they tended to still stick to 144 - 148MHz on the more modern models so as to give backwards compatibility with the older kit... Some of their original kit is 40 years old and still going strong - apart from the batteries, that is why there are lots of after market batteries for old Icom sets :)

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Re: Everest Camp 2 on 144.30.

Postby G4RMT » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:19 pm

In the UK of course it was the IC-2E, which was a wonderful radio - I still have one somewhere, and Nepal, at that time had no qualms about making that band open to anyone on the mountain. I remember the RSGB writing about it at the time. Lots of people cut or added a diode can't remember which, and it had 10 meg coverage, which was pretty good at the time. The Police and Fire links at the time were on 146.650 and 146.400 in my area, so very handy to have!
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Re: Everest Camp 2 on 144.30.

Postby JohnUK » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:49 pm

Icom have always been pushy and aggressive when it comes to selling. Look at D-Star and NXDN for example, they could have gone with the DMR standard instead.

On the Icom topic does anyone here know if they are part of, partners of, or are owned by KENWOOD? They seem to be thick as thieves at the moment?
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