I love having memory banks! Running a FT8800 and mine is set up roughly as follows.
Bank 1: Regular local repeaters
Bank 2: NOAA WX stations (the 8800 does not have them pre-programmed like the 7800)
Bank 3: 2m and 70cm simplex on Colorado spacing
Bank 4: Colorado Connection state-wide system
Bank 5: Utah repeaters (SINBAD, Moab, SLC, etc.)
Bank 6: I-80, Tahoe, Rubicon (set-up specifically for our club Rubithon trip)
Bank 7: Cross band repeating inputs (simplex frequencies w/ PL tones for HT TX repeat, no RX side repeat)
Bank 8: Western slope repeaters (Grand Junction, Aspen, Breck, Vail, Salida, etc.)
Bank 9: Open
Bank 10: FRS stations (monitoring can be handy)
I use bank 1 daily and usually have both sides set up on bank 1, one side scanning and the other I might roll through a couple of main ragchew repeaters. A typical trip might be to switch one side to bank 4 and let it scan (or select the right repeater if I know) and the other side is either bank 3 or bank 8. If I'm solo, it would most likely be bank 8 (I have 146.520 and 446.000 in all banks). As we get beyond the western slope repeaters, I will switch to bank 5 for Moab, for example. Each bank would have monitoring frequencies, too, like police, NPS or USFS frequencies if I know them. This way I can organize the radio and only have to remember to set the right bank and all the appropriate memories and tones are active.
Last edited by DaveInDenver; 07-22-2008 at 07:25 PM.
'08 Tacoma, '09 KLR, some bicycles