While I did not originate the idea, I have been promoting the use of 146.58 MHz as the North America Adventure Frequency. (Rex/KE6MT and George/Kj6VU came up with the idea.) My previous blog post explained the thinking behind it, along with my own personal biases, I’m sure.
When presented with the idea of The Other Simplex Frequency, I generally get three types of reactions:
1. Great idea! These people generally live or operate in locations where the 2m FM calling frequency (146.52 MHz) can get kind of busy, so they see that having an alternate frequency that everyone knows about has value. They may or may not still call on .52 but having another designated frequency is a plus.
2. It will never get used in my area This reaction comes from locations where people tend to congregate on 146.52 MHz and will probably not monitor any other frequency. The SOTA activators say stuff like “I’ll never contact anyone on 146.58 MHz so I’ll have to just use keep using 146.52.” This is not a problem, do whatever makes sense. The North America Adventure Frequency will probably not get used everywhere and that is just fine.
3. What, people actually talk on 2m FM simplex? These folks are just plain missing out. I don’t know how to help them.
73 Bob K0NR
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