another Van Pool
Another Van Pool ?????
I am on the same frequency. I am SO GLAD that I picked a different CTCSS tone to use when I got my license on 29.790 MHz back in 2001. If I put my radios in to carrier squelch mode, I can hear them every morning until about 9 AM (ET).
If you hear traffic on the freq with a 192.8 Hz tone, that is me.
When Inland-Rome Paper Company (Rome Georgia) migrated from 29.790 MHz to to HexedfromHell....err....Nextel, they sold off their entire fleet of radio equipment.
One of my ham buddies (KD4EKZ) purchased the entire lot of equipment from them.
Hundreds of GE Mastr2 mobiles on 25-30 MHz bandsplit, portables, bases, etc. Even a few pieces of Motorola stuff too. I picked up about a dozen mobiles, a base and all the HT's. All were set for 100.0 Hz! I had the forethought to change the tone.
Marketing Psychobabble to coerce customers into purchasing high-dollar equipment in the upper frequency bands.
I've heard a CWID on 27.4300 MHz FM (141.3 PL) several times over the past few days, IDing as WPGU796 (FRIENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN) - Prince William County, VA. I'm yet to hear voice traffic on this frequency but this is the first time I've logged legal/licensed activity in the 25.000 - 26.965 MHz range (low channels) or 27.410 - 28.000 MHz range (high channels). Considering the fact that 27.430, 27.450, 27.470, 27.490, 27.510 and 27.530 are still technically assigned business frequencies, although mostly abandoned, I find this to be an interesting setup. Especially when you take into account the vast amount of vacant VHF lowband channels available in that part of Virginia.
Low band was king, but what it is, is that the manufacturers have learned back in the 80s that products like Motracs and MASTR Pros wouldn't die. On low band especially, they didn't need a whole lot of infrastructure, either. If you're a radio salesman, you can cross that agency off your list for the next 25 - 30 years (or more). True, there are problems with "skip," but most VHF high band and UHF users also have that experience, possibly on a more frequent basis because of ducting, particularly if they're using a more common CTCSS tone or are on a trunked system that monitors carrier squelch and will lock out the channel based on sustained interference on the input.
I expect low band will come again. It may lack the convenience of the upper bands, in terms of carrying elegant equipment, but it will be resilient and reliable. That bulletproofing that marketers hate and the manufacturers can't shore up a recurrent revenue stream from is the band's best selling point.
Pike trucks have been seen up and down the East Coast after major storms too. All of their trucks (that I've seen anyway) have full quarter-wave stainless steel whips with ball mounts. Those massive ultility trucks probably make amazing ground planes.
It appears that Pike also has several repeaters in addition to base-mobile and mobile-to-mobile operations. Licenses have been found for repeaters on 49.520, 49.540 and 49.580 MHz in WV, VA, NC, SC and KY,
*SIGH* Yeah, Mark, we're dinosaurs. I started out as an apprentice technician at a local shop. My job was to drive the real technician around because he lost his license due to his drinking. I learned this-and-that about video cameras and security stuff there, even though they were the Motorola dealer at the time. After I got laid off, I went across the parking lot to the RCA dealer, who, also had a similar predicament - their installer also lost his license to drinking. I would drive him around in the shop's Ford Custom 500, along with his "hardware kit" (box of rusty nuts and bolts). In exchange, I got minimum wage and bench training with a WWII radioman who was the master technician. He had me "fixing" stuff, but at the time, I was breaking more things than I would fix. He was very patient and, between him and another person in the shop who is still a good friend today, I eventually learned how to not only fix things, but eventually put them back together again. It got better and eventually worked for your former competitor for a few years, but these days, I drive a desk and look at frequencies all day. The only hands-on I do anymore is for my ham stuff and for an extremely large volunteer organization.Sad, but very true. I dx'ed lowband all through the late 60's, 70's and 80's. Worked in two-way radio for 34 years before finally retiring in 2012, working four more years as a consultant. Only now in 2017, I am getting back into the fun side of radio and ham again.
Started out as a 'trunk monkey' doing mobile installs in 1983. Ended up at the factory in Lynchburg as a P-25 systems design engineer installing new P-25 systems for public safety and DoD.
Saw lots of changes. Some NOT for the better.
My humble motto became: THE STATE OF THE ART HAS EXCEEDED THE STATE OF THE NEED.
The sales drones did not like me much....