MONIX.NET  Communications


The ability to charge or replace batteries is your first priority!
Read about charging batteries, mobile charging, and re-packing your dead batteries.
Send people HOME if they show up with only one battery and a 14 hour Wall Wart.

Here are the Remote Base solutions!

Here are radio control codes ICOM did not tell you about

ARPSC  Amateur Radio Public Service Corps Hamilton Co. OH (Cincinnati)
Net Weekly Friday 9:00 PM 145.370- (123.0 Output)
Cincinnati  145.370- (123.0 Output) with the 224.06- Linked
146.850- (123.0 Both) & Low Profile,  146.460s, 223.500s
ARPSC "NEW Temporary"  Much communication training in the Links section.
ARPSC Checklist in MS Excel Worksheet 66 Kb   In Text  .TXT 11 Kb
Ohio Section Emergency Response Plan OSERP PDF, 704 Kb
OSERP in Text (ASCII) (no Charts, Graphs or Tables) .TXT, 25 Kb

Butler County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Team
Weekly Net Tuesday Night 7:00 PM 147.330+ (100.0 Output)
147.33+ (100.0 Output), 145.710s

Warren County ARES/RACES:
146.865- (118.8 Both)   Net: Mondays, 20:30,  Warren Co WARN

HERAC Handbook for Emergency Response Amateur Communicators
ARPSC Checklist
Updated yearly at the annual picnic and equipment display contest

QCEN Queen City Emergency Net  Provides communication and support
to the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross on 147.240+  (123.00 Output, sometimes Input also)

WARN Weather Amateur Radio Network W8NWS This is the official web site of WARN, the Weather Amateur Radio Network, in Cincinnati, Ohio. WARN is the local chapter of the nationwide organization, SKYWARN.
1st - 146.880- Cincinnati FM Club, Greenhills, (123.0 Normal Output, 100.0 WARN Output)

  ( NKRA-NKDXE Northern KY  linked UHF Repeaters supplement system to 146.880-)

2nd - 147.090+ Cincinnati Repeater Association, Downtown Cincinnati
3rd -  145.190-  Fairfield Amateur Radio Association, Fairfield, (88.5 Output)

Dearborn County, IN WARN  147.285+

Ripley County, IN WARN 146.805-  Ripley Co. EMA
Ripley Co. ARES/RACES 146.805-  Net Sunday's @ 20:00,  224.460-, 444.550+

ALERT Weather Radio  If you don't have one get one! SAME is not required

ARRL  American Radio Relay League Amateur radio organization.
A great source of information for the amateur and radio communicator, the largest radio organization
Take a
Practice Test, find out where the next Exam Session will be held in the Cincinnati area.

GROL and GMDSS Practice FCC commercial tests courtesy of  Technical Services LTD

FCC Federal Communications Commission Licenses all civilian radios in the US.
FCC Rules and Regulations  In .TXT or PDF format
Amateur Rules and Regulations Part 97
FCC Frequency or Callsign Search OLD  Click on Wireless Telecommunications Database Search on the left side down the page. Enter your data, most results will be under the ULS database
FCC Frequency or Callsign Search NEW  Newer format being phased in
FCC Certified Radio Search
Was called Type Accepted in the past

NTIA National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Licenses all U.S. Federal Government, military and other users such as the Civil Air Patrol.
Find out if your radio is NTIA Wideband /Narrowband Compliant  on the CAP Comm site.

FARA  Fairfield Amateur Radio Association Has many repeaters in the Cincinnati area, including the "Big One" 145.190- XMIT 88.5, the five state wide area system - see map.

Tactical Communications Military related communications article.
FM-24-12 Communications in a "Come As You Are War"
E Cubed R/C Carries the Anderson Power Pole's the "new" standard power connector.
J Pole Antenna for 2M 220 440 and 10 M from Dr Carl Jelinek N6VNG
J Pole Antenna  2M Only - Flexible, 300 Ohm Twin lead  - From CAP Emergency Services

Each band has certain advantages.
These are the most common bands used for local emergencies.
Most use the FM Voice Mode but are normally not restricted  to any mode.

2 M  (144-146 MHz) The most popular band to use in emergencies.

70 cm  (420-450 MHz) The 2nd most popular band to use in emergencies. Used for close
communications and remote assist to the repeater, and sometimes back  (See - Remote Base /
Cross Band Repeater / Cross Band Link).

1.25 M (222-225 MHz) Probably the most secure frequency  band we have,
many scanners cannot  receive this band.

6 M (50-54 MHZ) Becoming more popular since tri-band radios are coming out with this band.

FRS - GMRS - ISR - CB - LPRS -MURS Frequencies for many services

Q Signals      Z Signals

CTCSS Tone List    DCS Tone Chart
DTMF Chart     Cincinnati Area Net Directory  All at the KC8QCH website

Remote Base / Cross Band Repeater /Cross Band Link
All of these terms mean the same thing.
This feature must be built into the radio at the factory!
There are no add on kits!

Mainly mobile radios mainly have this feature, it varies from model to model, some do some don't.

This feature allows the radio to receive a signal on one band and simultaneously transmit the voice out on the other band. Normally these are 2M and 70CM, however radios with other band choices do exist.

I will mainly talk about using a remote base  with a 2M/70CM mobile and utilizing a dual band 2M/70CM handheld. This is the most common and preferred situation.

WARNING!  Until you are familiar with how to do this, this do not attempt to use a mobile for both an up link and a downlink to a repeater.

I recommend that both frequencies in your remote base be simplex frequencies and  not using a + or - offset transmit shift, neither frequencies should have a shift.

Because if you do <>  you will get the signal through your remote base up to the repeater, then the repeater comes up and when you un-key your HT, the repeater continues to transmit. Your mobile will flip bands, hear the repeater, lock on to it  and it will be transmitting on the link frequency back to you. And will continue to do so until the repeater drops.

In the meantime you are locked out of the system.

This is known as the Crossband Trap.

In a busy situation the repeater may never drop, thus you will not be able to transmit back through your mobile, and you are stuck until the repeater drops.
Click on the Remote Base Solutions near the top of this page.

Simplex Repeater   A audio storage device which connects to the audio and mike jacks on a radio, normally a handheld. When the radio receives a signal it electronically records this, up to 30 seconds in length for most. When the  receive signal stops it causes the radio to transmit and feeds that audio into the mike jack so that stored audio is transmitted over the air, some send a courtesy beep at the end.
No longer in stock from Radio Shack, as  19-345, they also had another one which could be used as a simplex auto patch connected to the PSTN.

Now  MFJ has two models the MFJ-662
and the MFJ-664, which also has Radio Voice Mail and Voice Beacon.

Other vendors have other models.
Some can be connected to the PSTN for auto patch operation