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That's a good use and I'll have to think about trying it with someone. I've toyed with it enough to know it's only as good as someone with an appropriate receiver can hear the signal. From my home, I have to go upstairs for the closest guy (a few miles away) to send it to the aprs.fi gods.
I should mention that I was pleasantly surprised to find every single beacon transmission making it through to APRS.FI - from inside the beltway all the way out past Leesburg and into the valleys between the steeper hills right down to my destination nearly in the Shenandoah River.

I suppose it helped that I was using the truck's Yaesu rig at 50W (though with a magnetically mounted 1/4-wave roof antenna) to send that data out. Next time I drive that route, I'll try the exact same thing with its little brother HT and see if any of that comes close to working at handheld power levels. Nothing like actually getting out and trying stuff in the real world where you might need it to work some day.
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Old February 23rd, 2021, 11:29 AM #3002
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DMR question that may or may not have an answer.

Repeaterbook.com shows 27 DMR repeaters for Maryland. Only 3 are listed as being on the Brandmeister network yet all instructions I find for anything neat/fun to try (like SMS messaging) all are for Brandmeister.

Does anyone know why so few repeaters around us are on Brandmeister, yet it seems to be so popular that instructions all say to to go Brandmeister?
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Old February 23rd, 2021, 12:30 PM #3003
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https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsi...0663?ys=2021RS

Maryland trying to codify FCC tower preemption into state law. This is a good thing.
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Maryland trying to codify FCC tower preemption into state law. This is a good thing.
Sounds like preemption of local and municipal laws but it doesn't say anything (at least in the linked description) about HOAs which are a bigger problem.
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^^^^^ Ha - HOAs. They're nothing compared to my wife. grumble grumble.

I'm trying to think of a stable way to put up an antenna with some height that is also "temporary" like a telescopic pole lashed to the deck railing. But I'm not happy with anything yet.

On another note, I was on the phone with the fellow who owns about 15 repeaters sprinkled around Maryland and Pennsylvania (delmarvadmr.com). He was extremely friendly and helpful.

He cleared up a lot of things how that Interstate Network works, that I can't really use most youtube videos because they are mostly Brandmeister and this network uses c-Bridge, and much to my dismay - DO NOT use repeaterbook.com for any of the repeaters in the Interstate Network as the info is all wrong and he has not been able to get the info corrected at repeaterbook. That was one of my biggest headaches - using the wrong info.
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The HOA problem is they are a voluntary contract that you knew about ahead of time. Don't like HOA's? Don't buy a house in a HOA neighborhood. Legally its akin to trying to make McDonald's change their menu; you didn't have to go into McDonalds.
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The HOA problem is they are a voluntary contract that you knew about ahead of time. Don't like HOA's? Don't buy a house in a HOA neighborhood. Legally its akin to trying to make McDonald's change their menu; you didn't have to go into McDonalds.
Well ANAL, but it seems to me a state law could invalidate contract provisions. My understanding of the Federal law is that they have to make reasonable allowances for antennas.
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I put up a dual band Diamond antenna on my chimney. Only 2 neighbors could see it from their homes. My understanding is that HOAs must allow home owners to install Satellite dishes or antennas for HDTV reception. So I figured if anyone gave me any crap I would just plug one if my TVs into the feed and tell them to pound sand.

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The ex-wife was showing my HF antenna to a neighbor one day. An OCF that, at it's peak, is about 40 feet up. She had to point it out to the neighbor against blue sky to get them to see it.

HOAs can suck my balls.
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I put up a dual band Diamond antenna on my chimney. Only 2 neighbors could see it from their homes. My understanding is that HOAs must allow home owners to install Satellite dishes or antennas for HDTV reception. So I figured if anyone gave me any crap I would just plug one if my TVs into the feed and tell them to pound sand.
The relevant FCC rule is "Over-the-Air-Reception Devices" (OTARD). It covers satellite and terrestrial TV antennas, and "fixed wireless signals" only. It also explicitly does not cover ham and CB antennas.
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