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Old 02-13-2018, 9:12 AM
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The most accurate list of repeaters in the southeast is through the SERA (SERA – Southeastern Repeater Association) and their repeater journal updated quarterly. I agree with most of what has already been said...you need a beam antenna and a better radio. Your radio was not designed for what you want to do with it.
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Old 02-13-2018, 7:03 PM
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This thread made me smile. A friend of mine used to live in a high rise on the Chicago lakefront in the early 70''s. He had a HT220 and I had a Standard SRC 146 and we would access repeaters in Wi, Mi, In and Il all the time. On some freqs we would hear multiple kerchunks at the end of many conversations verifying we were getting into multiple repeaters. This of course was in the days before the full use of PL!
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Another option, find two repeaters, one in each of your areas, that use Echolink, IRLP, or Allstar, and link the repeaters together. Another option, make your own nodes and connect them, and talk over that.
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The New York repeater interference begs the question: Were they "coordinated and adequately separated" properly? Simply because they went through the process doesn't mean it was done right. The fact that they interfered with each other may indicate that. Admittedly, I've never had to go through the process so I may be a little na´ve but it would seem that an alternative would have been available.
I named the locations. A map will tell you that the physical separation was more than adequate, even for flat land, which upstate New York is not.

You also apparently disregarded the part about the station in between running excessive power. Repeater coordination cannot always make up for poor operating practices.
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I named the locations. A map will tell you that the physical separation was more than adequate, even for flat land, which upstate New York is not.

You also apparently disregarded the part about the station in between running excessive power. Repeater coordination cannot always make up for poor operating practices.
Okay. Sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn't.
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From my house, there are NC repeaters only about 10-15 miles away. Granted there is a huge mountain range in the way, but I feel like I should be able to hit them. Any advice is appreciated.
That pesky mountain range always in the way! Here in California I have one named Sierra Nevada.

Your question is a good one and the variety of responses are addressing many different valid factors that should be considered.

- Basically, line of sight for VHF/UHF frequencies typically offer improved results versus reflected. Still, that mountain range in the way is unfriendly and you may not overcome it.

- Although your radio transmits using a few watts, you have already realized that an improved antenna is critical to the entire system. The coax you use is important too, especially at the higher frequencies.

- Even if you had a radio that put out 50 watts, used low attenuation coax and fed it into an antenna with reasonable gain, you may still not reach the repeater(s) you indicated.

- On the other hand maybe you already are or could reach those repeaters with an improved system, but that does not mean you may receive them. Much depends on the antenna, coax and power output on their end as well. Whomever setup the repeater may not have considered that someone on the other side of the mountain range could or would reach them. Your direction from the site could be purposely in the null of their antenna as well.

Consider this, improving your antenna, coax and radio will overall improve your TX and RX, but is it worthwhile to reach a repeater that may not have much or any use?
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You could try a yagi, too. Arrow and Elk make some nice handheld yagi's, or you could make a "tape measure yagi" for a couple of bucks.
I have the ELK and it increases your range substantially! www.ElkAntennas.com
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I hit Milwaukee across lake Michigan from 170 miles one night. Another time I was trying to get into a repeater 70 miles away and ended up bringing up one 100 miles the oposite direction with the same tone. Omnidirectional.
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You might be using a machine that is linked to a different machine .
Look me up on Www.qrz.com and drop me a email and we can talk on the phone or echo link..
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I hit Milwaukee across lake Michigan from 170 miles one night. Another time I was trying to get into a repeater 70 miles away and ended up bringing up one 100 miles the oposite direction with the same tone. Omnidirectional.
Band openings will do that! Good to watch the online VHF propagation maps.
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I hit Milwaukee across lake Michigan from 170 miles one night. Another time I was trying to get into a repeater 70 miles away and ended up bringing up one 100 miles the oposite direction with the same tone. Omnidirectional.
I was able to get a 2 meter repeater in Detroit from the Indiana Ohio border on the Turnpike just using 5 watts into a Tram 1185 mag mount.

Roughly 100 miles.
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Old 02-23-2018, 1:56 PM
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Individual repeaters are so limited in coverage, maybe 100 miles on a regular basis if you have a good location/antenna. I talk simplex into Canada, North Carolina, Connecticut etc anytime day or night on VHF/UHF.
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