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I am going to Yellowstone Wy in June and have a VX-7. Are there any repeaters in the area and how much chance do I have of contacting anyone. I am really new at this and would appriciate any help offered. I have made up the 2 meter antennia mentioned in another topic concerning backpacking. Thanks for your help.

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I am going to Yellowstone Wy in June and have a VX-7. Are there any repeaters in the area and how much chance do I have of contacting anyone. I am really new at this and would appriciate any help offered. I have made up the 2 meter antennia mentioned in another topic concerning backpacking. Thanks for your help.

Trees.

 

Hang on - I will try to get a list for you. I assums 2m and 70cm?

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OK. Let me start by saying it doesn't look good for a handheld.

 

I placed the center point at the lake. There were no repeaters within 25 miles - this is what I consider reasonable range for a handheld radio. The nearest repeater was 38 miles. But since I do not know where exactly you will be, I opened the list to 100 miles. This list isn't coming out here, so I will make it comma separated values. Just add one (or more) tabs for each comma (,) and get the columns to line up. Here is the list.

 

OR - you can import it to Excel!

 

Seq,State,City,Output,Offset,Callsign,Notes,CTCSS,Sponsor,DX,Brg

1,MONTANA,West Yellowstone,145.230,-,WA7FDR,ol 100.0,100.0,WA7FDR,38,291

2,IDAHO,Sawtell,145.230,-,WA7FDR,oL(W/PL 123.0),100.0,WA7FDR,53,278

3,IDAHO,Driggs,146.940,-,K7ENE,o, ,MCCD,63,216

4,WYOMING,Cody - Cedar Mountain,146.850,-,KI7W,oels,CMARC,64,86

5,WYOMING,Cody,448.350,-,KC7NP,o, ,KC7NP,64,86

6,MONTANA,Emigrant,145.290,442.1,KD7HEW,oa, ,KD7HEW,65,344

7,WYOMING,Jackson,146.910,-,W7CAT,oarx 91.5,91.5,TCORACES,70,196

8,WYOMING,Jackson - Rendezvous Mtn,146.730,-,K7JAC,ox, ,K7JAC,70,196

9,WYOMING,Dubois,146.820,-,KD7BN,olx 100.0,100.0,HERC,73,150

10,WYOMING,Dubois,146.820,-,KD7BN,oex 100.0 L,100.0,KD7BN,73,150

11,WYOMING,Dubois,147.315,+,KG7ST,oelx, ,KG7ST,73,150

12,MONTANA,Red Lodge,147.000,+,WB7RIS,oe, ,BARC,74,47

13,MONTANA,Red Lodge,449.900,-,KA7MHP,o, ,KA7MHP,74,47

14,MONTANA,Big Sky,146.820,-,W7LR,oE-SUNl 82.5,82.5,ERA,76,319

15,WYOMING,Powell,147.255,+,WA7QNS,o, ,WA7QNS,81,75

16,MONTANA,Bozeman,145.250,-,KB7KB,oalz, ,BARBS,90,339

17,MONTANA,Bozeman,146.880,-,W7YB,oaex, ,ERA,90,339

18,MONTANA,Bozeman,147.180,+,KB7KB,oelx, ,MRLA,90,339

19,MONTANA,Belgrade,448.850,-,WB7USV,o 100.0,100.0,BARBS,90,339

20,MONTANA,Bozeman,447.000,-,KL7JGS,oae 162.2,162.2,BD Hosp.,90,339

21,MONTANA,Bozeman,447.700,-,KI7XF,oa 77.0,77.0,ERA,90,339

22,MONTANA,Bozeman,448.350,-,KB7KB,oexL(IRLP) 77.0,77.0,KB7KB,90,339

23,MONTANA,Bozeman,449.900,-,KL7JGS,oaeWX L(IRLP),110.9,KL7JGS,90,339

24,IDAHO,Rigby,146.700,-,K7ENE,o, ,ERRS,94,235

25,IDAHO,Rigby,146.880,-,K7ENE,o, ,ERRS,94,235

26,MONTANA,Greycliff,147.280,+,N7VMR,oelx, ,MRLA,94,17

 

The last two numbers are the distance (DX) and heading (Brg) to the repeater.

 

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the reply Desert Warrior, I had looked at a map and didn't see any towns close by. Your list downloaded perfectly to Excel. Thanks for the help.

 

Trees,

USAF, 63-67

KC9JFX

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I was in Yellowstone two years ago with my Kenwood D700 mobile rig. I didn't have much luck hitting any repeaters while in the park, unless you happen to be near one on the edges of the park. The only one I remember using is the machine in West Yellowstone, but only from the Madison area.

 

With all the hills and valleys, you probably won't get out very far while driving around, especially with an HT. On the other hand, if you get some altitude, say Beartooth Pass or Mount Washburn, you'll definitely be able to hit somthing (a student of mine hit Red Lodge and Billings with an HT at the top of Beartooth).

 

I had the best luck making contacts by using 146.52 simplex in the crowded areas of the park where all the tourists go. There was even a guy with a D700 who had it set up for repeating at Old Faithful while he was there.

 

Good luck, and enjoy your trip!

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Howdy,

 

I am from Wyoming and have traveled Jellystone MANY MANY times. The forest service does not allow repeater sites and the like (so don't bank on your cell unless your real near one of the 2 towers that somehow squeaked in). YOur handheld options are ZERO. And there are really no towns near by. Stick to HF if you can. 3923khz is the state net freq. where everybody hangs out. Other than that just use your HT to listen to the park service. Good listening,

 

Brad

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The 145.23 repeater on sawtell peak uses a Yaggi for it's coverage that points directly at Yellowstone for those who travel there. It is part of the snowbird link system. I heard rumors though due to the military taking over the radar system on the hill that the repeater was removed. I'm unsure if that is the case or not. For more info, go to http://utahvhfs.org/other_rpt.html#sawtelle

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:lol: I would like to thank those of you who were kind enough to reply to my post with some info. Sence I am new to Ham Radio I can use all the help I can get. I have been to Yellowstone before, June 1981, and enjoyed it very much. Am looking forward to making some contacts while there. Once again, Thanks for the help. 73

Forrest Johnson

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