Yep, it's a long way, even as the crow flies. Plus WV is very rugged. Not sharp and pointy like the Rockies but steep and hilly nonetheless. There's nothing flat and straight road exists only stretchs of a mile or less, unless you're in the far west part of the state towars the Ohio River. Buchanon is just about dead center of the most mountainous part of that state. I should be able to hit it from our place in Canaan Valley but I'm not up there very often. Oh well.
If I want to attend an ExPo net meeting and I am using a 2M VHF radio, where can I find info that will tell me if there are any repeaters in my area that can connect to the Western Reflector node used for the net?
I imagine there are lists of repeaters that might say what can be used. But I am looking for my local area (Arizona) and I can't seem to find info to tell me how to make the connection.
[edit: the last time I connected from here, I used 147.56, but I think Mark said that is no longer usable (?) ]
After controlling the node (I am assuming there is a code you typed to do this) then you type in the node you want to connect to, 9251 for the node the ExPo net is usually on (you do this by pressing the PTT and keying the numbers at the same time then release the PTT) . It should say that it is connected once you do that.
It will be great to hear you on the future nets, I really enjoyed the one when you talked about all the Wilderness EMT info.
Hope this helps -
All you do is key up and punch in 9251 to connect to the Western Reflector and you are in! The system will reply with a message saying that you are connected to the western reflector node 925 (specifically you will be connected to 9251 because that is what you entered) That is all you do. When you disconnect you just Key up and punch in 73 - the system will disconnect.
You have to be on a IRLP capable repeater.
You can just try connecting and disconnecting as a test.
If I'm acting as net control, the node will already be on, so you should be able to join in without doing anything.
The Grand Canyon node doesn't allow connections to a reflector, so your only option is to get a good signal to the Prescott repeater. I'd bet your line of site from Mt. Elden or up the Snow Bowl road. I get real good reception from all four of the ARA (http://www.w7ara.org/Web/) repeaters on Elden from almost anywhere in the Prescott area.
On a side note, the 147.410 repeater on Elden is now connected to Mt Ord, Pinal Mt., and Greens Peak east of Show Low to form the Rim Link that covers from Casa Grande to Prescott, to the Navajo Res, and into western Tuscon. That's a huge chunk of AZ!