Technically if they were going the DSTAR route, even not having a Dstar repeater wouldn't be a deal killer. There is always the DV Dongle to talk through your PC or the DVAP which allows you to use an HT and talk through the DVAP into to your PC and into the internet. No repeater necessary around. Or build your own Dstar repeater Hot Spot. Lots of choices there.DSTAR is always an option, and you don't need to worry about which band to use, atmospheric conditions, etc. Just need a HT, and a DSTAR repeater in each brother's respective city.
Yeah, it would work too. It goes over the internet too. You can pretty much run EchoLink from anything with only the basic software. PC, Android Phone, Iphone, iPad, and of course an RF repeater linked in with EchoLink.I wonder if EchoLink would be able to do it.
Yes, I think you can do this with pretty good regularity, BUT you will all need a General class license and at least a modest station set up at each. It CAN be done, though, and is regularly by others doing the same.I'm thinking of getting my license but wanted to know something first.
I'm in Colorado, have a brother in WI and another in MA. Is it possible to communicate with them via ham on a fixed frequency?