Baltimore amateur radio frequencies

true911

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Wow I've found so little information... I was recommended to this site to use with Chirp to locate and download amateur repeaters in my area (Baltimore). So far it isn't allowing Chirp to use my login (already looking into it), so I tried looking at the DB on the site. I click Amateur for Baltimore, MD and there's nothing.

Am I going about this the wrong way? I would expect a paid enthusiast site with a database to have at least more content than the various lists and repeater compilations I've managed to locate separately.

Thanks.
 

jeepsandradios

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Asreference the databse is user submitted. I can say for 1000% I am not going to submit HAM stuff in my area. If others have great but thats not the focus of this site. To me there are way better places to find amatuer information than here. I rutinly go to repeaterbook if I need a repeater listing.
 

ecps92

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Wow I've found so little information... I was recommended to this site to use with Chirp to locate and download amateur repeaters in my area (Baltimore). So far it isn't allowing Chirp to use my login (already looking into it), so I tried looking at the DB on the site. I click Amateur for Baltimore, MD and there's nothing.

Am I going about this the wrong way? I would expect a paid enthusiast site with a database to have at least more content than the various lists and repeater compilations I've managed to locate separately.

Thanks.
 

true911

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Thank you for the clarification, I've been pulling from RepeaterBook and, pardon my newb ignorance before showing up here, but this site was recommended in a popular YouTube video as a paid "upgrade" to RepeaterBook for using Chirp. I see from your responses that that's way off base. Consider me chastised for not having my ducks in a row. :)
 
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As @jeepsandradios noted, RadioReference is dependent upon user submissions, and unfortunately in some areas people do not submit their ham repeaters to RadioReference (like @jeepsandradios, although I don't know what the reasoning is there).

Been awhile since I used the legacy version of CHIRP, but CHIRP-Next does have the option to download from RepeaterBook in addition to RadioReference and a couple of others. It works just fine with RepeaterBook.

My issue with RepeaterBook in the past has been that someone went on a "copy data from every web page out there" binge, and some of those web pages (mostly club-based) hadn't been updated in years and were outrageously out of date. As a result, information in RepeaterBook was sometimes questionable. It seems to have gotten better over the last couple of years.

I miss the days when ARRL put out their Repeater Directory using information from the various state repeater coordinating committees. It was always pretty accurate. Ever since they handed the Repeater Directory reins over to RFinder the quality of the data has gone quite downhill; RFinder went on a similar "copy data from every web page out there" binge, and had such inaccurate data that many of the state repeater coordinating committees no longer send data to RFinder due to the conflicts.
 

true911

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Thanks, I've been using Chirp Next and was trying to leverage the RadioReference option. I didn't know about RFinder, even if it's a mess, I'll check it out. Any other amateur database suggestions from anyone?
 
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