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  1. Smiley 5/8 Slim Duck 465

    If you're looking for a new rubber-duck style antenna to get the most from your HT wattage, take a look at the Smiley Antenna 5/8 Slim Duck 465 ($24.50 In my testing with my Nano VNA, the SWR at GMRS frequencies is low, well below 2:1. It has an interchangeable base, so you can move it from one style of HT to another with a different antenna connector simply by buying the $6 base connector for the new radio. I have not had a chance to do much ...
    Radio Gear
  2. GPS mapping software

    After our exercise last evening using GPS mapping to identify the appropriate jurisdiction using GPS coordinates and mapping, I realized that although I am using a good Iphone app (IHikeGPS) which includes access to all USGS and USFS quads, on up to 250k USGS maps, it's not too helpful to locate the jurisdiction quickly and a little challenging to quickly input a GPS point. I decided to pull out my trusty Arizona Roads and Recreation Atlas to see if that would do the trick. It does to a large ...
    Tips & Tricks
  3. Chirp programming - terminology explanations

  4. Channel / Tone Cheat Sheet

    CTCSS and DCS tones can be a confusing subject for many. Attached is a cheat sheet that gives the GMRS/FRS standard channels, frequencies and their uses. It also includes those tone ID numbers used by Motorola and Midland.
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  5. Membership Officer

    If you have any questions that need answered or maybe some help programming your radio, there are two new officers in the Club that have been appointed. The Membership Officer, Mike Manning, or the Assistant Membership Officer, Tim Mrva, are there to help you out and both do a very good job. Just send them an email at:
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