OB Approved Overland Bound Comms Frequency Guide

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M Rose

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May be worth flagging at least 10m SSB as Techs have that.

I also think 10FM and maybe 40/60m SSB May be worth having something flagged. For those out west you can get help outside of Repeater range.
10m SSB isn’t reliable… and as General or Extra class you should know how to make contact outside of repeater range.

@Kent R chose 2m for trail coms because a person can purchase an HT a lot cheaper than a mobile unit, and 2m FM simplex works great for convoy use.
 

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Is there an OB HF frequency?
No, for several reasons; 1) Technicians have very limited HF privileges. 2) Setting up a mobile HF station can become quite complex. 3) Not all bands are desirable for NVIS operations.
May be worth flagging at least 10m SSB as Techs have that.

I also think 10FM and maybe 40/60m SSB May be worth having something flagged. For those out west you can get help outside of Repeater range.
Problem is most techs won't have a radio that does 10m ssb, they'll have probably upgraded to general by then
 
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I just got my TECH license and my callsign, KN6TZY, I have a ICOM-5100 installed in my truck. I am now overwhelmed with figuring out what and how to set it up. I purchased programming software from RT-Systems but really have not a clue what to do next as far as what channels, and such.
 

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I just got my TECH license and my callsign, KN6TZY, I have a ICOM-5100 installed in my truck. I am now overwhelmed with figuring out what and how to set it up. I purchased programming software from RT-Systems but really have not a clue what to do next as far as what channels, and such.
Congrats on getting your Tech license. I think the first thing I did was check for any firmware updates, then I programmed my unit with stations/repeaters I think/thought I might need. Where ever you think you might travel, just plug those in and the rest just put on a piece of paper. I put a handful in Excel and printed them out assuming I'd be in a place with little to no cell coverage.

I also bought a SW meter to tweak/improve/optimize my antenna signal.

Of course with the recent pandemic and not going out, my gear is currently collecting dust lol.
 
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I just got my TECH license and my callsign, KN6TZY, I have a ICOM-5100 installed in my truck. I am now overwhelmed with figuring out what and how to set it up. I purchased programming software from RT-Systems but really have not a clue what to do next as far as what channels, and such.
As a starting point for programming, you can use an app called RepeaterBook to find repeaters in your area. It uses your location to find them based on distance. You can also pick which bands to search.
If there is a local ham club, the website will almost always have a list of the club repeaters too.
Find an active repeater and listen a lot. Before long you’ll be ready to jump in and talk.
 

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Consider programming the national calling frequencies (146.52 & 446.000) They may come in handy in an area where no repeaters are

Congrats on your ticket. The FCC was-is backlogged due to the fee changes.