Enjoyed your east to west chronicles from 5 years ago! Planning DFW to COS this summer but hopefully nary an interstate will be involved! 52 from the top of Capulin is now a “must.”That nifty Mass-Man.
"52" simplex is the only thing I listen to when driving anywhere away from home.
Several years ago a friend and I drove from Wsahington DC to Los Alamos New Mexico. On that trip we took along a 2 metre/440 transceiver-- and had a lot a lot of fun meeting hams along the way ----
I posted it here in the Forums, lo, 5 years (??!!) ago....wow, time flew !!
. . Two weeks ago I mentioned I and my friend 'Barbi' were going to take a cross country road trip home to the Southwest. We were going in search of colourful leaves, autumn's cool crisp airs of the Appalachians- maybe even get washed away in a midwest flood. But intermixed in there we were...forums.radioreference.com
Also where I live is full of Summits on the Air (SOTA) activity ---- "52" is never a dull frequency.
Glad to hear it! 2m simplex is dead around here. There is a bit of repeater chatter, but not that much--and what chatter there is, the French-speaking hams are far more active than the English-speaking ones.I’ve had more and better QSOs on 146.52/55/58 the past year or so than on repeaters! On road trips more responses to my CQs!
Most fun on VHF FM in a long time!