Thanks. I’ve been focused on my 2m radio for the last couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to giving the GMRS radio more of a run-through here soon.
What I’ve noticed about both services is I’m in a bit of a repeater dead zone.
I find it nearly impossible to hit a digipeater with my 2m HT for APRS purposes. I finally managed to so so this weekend after setting up a base antenna on the patio. APRS Direct has what look like coverage maps, and my location appears to be on the fringes - digipeaters in all directions with me on the edges of all of them. FM voice works a little better.
I can’t hit any GMRS repeaters either, though that could also be a user issue - I don’t yet know much about my Wouxun radio. That said, as far as I know, there are no repeaters near me. I don’t have a mobile unit and am reluctant to shell out any more cash until I discover life.
I’m thinking my attic may have to become a VHF/UHF antenna farm. My own digipeater may have to quickly follow.