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About Mamba

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  1. Thanks for that. I'm just starting my Tech course study, mainly using what I can find for free. Figure since I already have the 2m HT I'll see how it goes from there. Short-term I plan to use one of Ed's DBJ-2's...be a pretty easy mount outside my basement shack, running it underneath our main-floor elevated patio deck. ^This still doesn't provide a family solution so I'll continue looking into CB and GMRS. Saw a couple new GMRS repeaters go online (Lebanon, White House) so maybe eventually a few will go up here in Nashville.
  2. Thanks, I'll look into it. Price-wise seems about the same as the better 50W GMRS mobiles, so that's nice.
  3. Our elevation is ~600', target elevation is ~800'. Ham isn't first choice due to required license per party. I'm wondering if GMRS 50w units, with enough base antenna height might work well enough simplex.
  4. GMRS is UHF, 2m is VHF. Neither works great past line-o-sight, thus the need for repeaters. Dunno about HAM, but most of the GMRS repeater setups I've read about rely on solar/battery systems and given that they are usually setup in a remote outdoor location are also subject to environmental conditions. Can be difficult to physically service/maintain. So yeah, there are limitations. Ideally I want to have GMRS, HAM, and CB options but short-term CB is the simpler/cheaper so that's where I went first base-wise. I also have an old AM-only CB HT that would be handy for short-range mobile-to-mob
  5. On my list, but me neither. I have an older 2m HT that I futz around with on occasion, still figuring it out. Quite a few HAM repeaters in Nashville, including 2m. Repeaters Local to Nashville, Tennessee
  6. Nope, or at least not that I can find. I was able to hit WCRL 600 but only because I was out in that area for a medical appointment, and had my HT along.
  7. After the recent ATT outage, our family has been looking at other ways to keep in touch. I bought a couple GMRS HT's and a license, and might consider setting up a base or two but pretty sure the simplex short-range will be a hindrance given Nashville's hilly/city topography and that it's line-of-sight. Not ready or able to setup our own repeater(s). And HAM isn't really an option since this is for multiple family members. I used to be heavily into the CB scene back before it became "Smokey & the unBearables"-ized, ie, back in the FCC licensed days...yes I'm that old. I'm thinking that C
  8. Not these days, unless you have a way around their encryption; that's the trend. Encrypted Police Radio Hinders Nashville Severe Weather (nashvillescene.com) I have an old VHF:30-50/144-174 & UHF:430-512 scanner that is now mostly a paperweight. If anyone can recommend interesting active VHF/UHF freqs in the Nashville area, lemme know. Listening to kid-comm on FRS is teeth-grinding. On an aside, I recently setup a AM/SSB CB shack here at home, but either folk aren't as helpful as 50yrs ago or it has TX issues. Been try'n to get a radio-check response but the active channel users
  9. Check with your local sheriff's office. As for "distance" when we lived outside of Portland, TN no such factor was involved. We could see our neighbors and vice-versa, just made sure to shoot into a backstop not in their direction.
  10. I must admit that I've never seen them. Full disclosure: I do have A2ASB (Anti 2A Sign Blindness) ...a constant struggle for my optometrist.
  11. And..."the shooting was an isolated incident"... hmmm....wonder if it was also "mostly peaceful"?
  12. Sorry....I can take my "Thumper" to most any range, whereas you'd have a real problem there with an M79.
  13. I never was much into rifles, but do own a couple .22s and kept an AK47 around mainly for security purposes, along with an AK pistol in 5.56. I recently had thoughts of selling the latter (prices are nutz right now) and buying an AR pistol, thinking that such would be much lighter. But without doing a custom AR build and spending $$$ on ultra-light skeletal parts, they still weigh-in @ 7lbs or so. I decided to instead do a few cheaper upgrades to my M85, mostly because I wanted something "new" without going broke and it's much cheaper/easier (and fun) to make changes to what you already ha
  14. Thanks for the replies. I'm not surprised that I would have to pay more for less...I'm sure there's a maxim/law about that somewhere. So it sounds like 6lb-ish weights in this style are more the norm than I imagined. Live & learn....


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