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Maxtrac Desktrac VHF repeater

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av8or91

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Hello all,

Wondering if anyone has any experience setting one of these up and how good they are. Looking at purchasing one just to increase the range of my radios around a mostly residential area.

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teufler

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I have a GP300 repeater. A Motorola one that is similar. We use it at a Roadrally we have in southern Missouri. As in VHF Comms, height is a strong factor in range so from 150 agl, we get 35 miles range. Power output is 28 watts into a Hustler G4-144 antenna. The area is mostly hills, and heavy trees. The rocks have a high lead content. From a lower elevation, 20-30 feet, range will not be much more that radio to radio. If the radio antenna is in the middle, you will have increased range, over radio to radio contact.
 

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Hello all,

Wondering if anyone has any experience setting one of these up and how good they are. Looking at purchasing one just to increase the range of my radios around a mostly residential area.

Thanks
What radio service are you using this for? If it is Part 90, the Maxtrac is not legal to use because it can not do narrowband (12.5 KHz bandwidth.)

A little more info about your setup would be helpful here.

Let me also be real clear here, I am not the radio police, but you do deserve to know the whole answer when you ask a question in this forum.
 

av8or91

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Thanks for the response but mostly we use the radios for communications on large job sites but coverage is starting to wither as we move further apart so just looking for something that can give us a little more range at a reasonable cost.
 

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Thanks for the response but mostly we use the radios for communications on large job sites but coverage is starting to wither as we move further apart so just looking for something that can give us a little more range at a reasonable cost.
What service will it be used under? A UHF Maxtrac repeater operating under GMRS rules would be ok.
 

teufler

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Not sure where you are located but radio communication companies have repeaters already available. You subscribe for their service, and let them take care of it. Range will be greater than what you will be able to accomplish. Or use your present system and use cell phone to hop a thought to the other sites you are working at. I used to be with a radio company that had about 1500 towers across the us. We charged about $10-$15 per unit per month. Clients either bought radios from us, or rented from us.
 

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VHF repeaters in the business band are a little odd, but not impossible. Licensing is a little more involved than a plain UHF repeater. As SteveC mentioned, a VHF Desktrac is outdated, and won't do narrowband. You need narrowband if you want to have a legit & legal system. You probably would not find a radio shop willing to program a Desktrac to match your licensed frequencies.

My suggestion would be to find someone local to walk you through the necessary steps. Depending on your time frame, and your budget, getting licensed for a VHF repeater might be worthwhile, but you should probably be looking at more modern repeater equipment, and your first step would be to get licensed for the repeater.

Good luck.
 
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