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Old 07-11-2017, 8:36 PM
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Default DMR and other DV (Digital Voice) modes in Skywarn Spotting & Chasing

What is every ones thoughts on Digital mode in the Skywarn setting. (IE. Spotter to Spotter communications or Spotter to Net control). The reason I ask is with the popularity of the digital modes growing how feasible would it be to have a room on the Fusion network or a Talkgroup on DMR network for spotters to use during a weather event. If you have a DV Frequency in your area what are the Pros & Cons to it and what mode do you use or like. Trying to get some feedback to see if it is something to look into for my area
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Why do you need a "Network" to work a generally local event?
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Old 07-11-2017, 9:26 PM
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If your going to do it, it can be networked the calls just don't need to be routed outside of the area of interest. Should also go without saying a network of that type would need to follow standard redundancy practices (which at that point you might as well take it Part 90 through an appropriate service).


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Our Coverage area for Skywarn is rather large and they run on three or more repeaters to cover the area. Right now we are only able to talk to net control, there is no formal spotter chat frequency during an event. I might also be nice to talk to spotters in other parts of the state when the storm might have already gone thru to get a heads-up. Again just throwing the idea out there.
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Equipments costs, users would probably need mobies, not ht's, so $300 or so each. It could be a statewide TG, or even the state as most in he state are interested in wx. Storm stuff for the wx buro around here, is on vhf, then some use Echolink to get messages that normally would go on 80 meters but static is usually to much. A few are mobile but caution sometimes prevails, just spotting from your house, wx reports, wind, etc, can aid in weather warning being generated or being held as conditions are not strong enough yet,
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