Reactions to the North America Adventure Frequency

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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Bob Witte, KØNR, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Colorado, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “Reactions to the North America Adventure Frequency”

  • Dave, WD8CIV:

    I think it’s a good idea as an alternative to 146.52. If .52 is busy OR you can’t raise anyone there, where do you try next? This answers that question. Which frequency you start on depends on activity in your area, but it makes sense to have a common fallback position if it’s not working.

    It’s not like we all have only one pair of crystals. We have lots of frequencies to choose from; the challenge now is picking one that someone else is likely to be on. This proposal helps narrow the field. I hope it catches on.

  • Tony R Everhardt:

    This is a great idea. I for one I’m guilty of the thinking of 146.520 should be used as it is named. The “Calling Freq”. Make the contact then QSY. (No comments please, this is about Adventure Freq). To have a specific suggested freq for Adventure would align the VHF with HF. There are many HF freq’s suggested for QRP, Maritime, ect, ect. For VHF to follow is a great idea. In order for this to work the one who is doing the Adventure should advertise their intent and others will follow. After all the one who is transmitting is in control.

  • Bruce Prior N7RR:

    A 2 m Adventure Frequency is a fine idea. However, 146.58 MHz is not the best choice. 146.460 MHz is already being used by lots of 4×4 drivers. If SOTA and POTA operators were added to the mix, it should result in more contacts.
    73,
    Bruce Prior N7RR

  • Goody K3NG:

    If anyone keyed up on 52 simplex in my area, we’d undoubtedly have a several amateurs experience heart attacks upon the squelch breaking, and we might have some members go SK. 😀 /sarcasm (I think the adventure frequency is a good idea)

  • Anthony, 9Z4A:

    It’s a pretty neat idea to have an alternative for the slightly different type of traffic via simplex.

  • Timothy KB8AFS:

    I am in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. It is heave with repeaters, both VHF and UHF. But I can always hear people on 146.520.
    As is the rules in most contests, 146.52 is not allowed for contesting. So 146.580 would make a great choice.

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