I drive a truck and use a CB for a living, I'm constanly fiddling with the radio but having done it for over 17 years it's second nature, I don't need to look away from the road to know what I'm doing.
I'm using the handheld 2 meter rig Amerijeep sent me for my ham rig, There are far too many controls to fiddle with so I just set it on scan and listen when I'm driving, I don't try to do anything with it.
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Driving a long ways, On VHF, I might kept it on the "calling freq", 146.520. I have most of the local North Texas repeaters programmed in and I might surf through them for someone talking, if HF is dead. Even living in a large area like Dallas/Fort Worth, there are times that no body is on VHF/UHF.
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I just traveled to Florida and back and I had the dual band radio on scan the whole way. The only problem was if I wanted to talk I had to get the repeter directory out and set the tone codes. now that I am home I have all the local and state coverage repeters stored in memory with the codes so I just scan and if I want to call or join a QSO I just pick up the mike and make my call. BTW I just picked up an Icom t-90A at Hamvention in Orlando. Sweet little handi tri bander (6 meter, 2 meter & 70 cm) with general coverage receiver(495 kc - 999.95mc) plus 10 weather channels! KK4LW
I have all the local repeaters programmed, a good chunk of state repeaters, as well as a few simplex freq's (calling freq, and a few freq's I use for personal stuff between family/friends). Driving around locally - I just have it scan memory channels. When I take longer trips - I usually leave it on the calling freq as i find it more usefull to driving; and then I also program in the repeaters for whatever my destination will be.
A lot of the Jeep people I have talked too set their CB's on one channel and never touch it while their driving.
Being new to Ham radios, I find myself checking out different freq.'s while I'm driving.
My question is, do you set your radio on one (or two depending on the radio) freq. and only talk/listen on that freq, or do you "channel surf" while driving?
I scan all the local repeaters that I'm able to get into and also 146.52 simplex. Also, have a Rescue Frequency programmed in for receive. I have an Icom 2000H, which has always been my favorite radio. I have the same radio in my Tundra, wife's car (she's a ham also) and my home. Can't beat them!
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