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Follow-Up to Wilderness Protocol KG6SYX on 14/9/14
This last Saturday (09/13/2014) I attended several meetings and at the end came away with the feeling not much is known about Wilderness Protocol. Using Wilderness Protocol in ARRL word search will turn up several articles posted with in the ARRL data based. To sum things up the Wilderness Protocol is a suggestion for Amateur Radio Operators outside of repeater range to monitor or use standard simplex channels at specific times in case emergencies or other urgent calls. This protocol plan was developed to assist with contacts between Amateur Radio Operators that were traveling in uninhabited areas and outside repeater range.

While here are several frequencies I expect the most common to be heard will be 146.520 MHz or 446.00 MHz. The other frequencies are 1.25 meters (223.5), 6 meter (52.525) and 23cm (1294.50). In addition there are amateur radio wilderness protocol monitoring times at the top of the hour, for example monitor 1:00 am to 1:05 am. A very good listing of wilderness protocol monitoring times can be seen along with other protocol info at

Since I have a dual-channel Yaesu FT-8900 I monitor 146.520 100% of the time and use the other channel for making contacts (QSL) when I'm playing in the Mojave Desert, CA. When I stop for the night I have Kenwood handheld TH-F6 tri-band dual channel radio that allows me to monitor during the evening hours.

The Wilderness Protocol should not be viewed as something just for hikers, off-roads, or prospectors it is available for use by everyone anywhere repeater coverage is unavailable. The protocol only becomes effective when folks put it to use.

Now the driver behind my question "What is the current Wilderness Protocol status?" are the stories I seen posted on the internet about possible changes to the Wilderness Protocol. I was hoping someone had some insight to these possible changes we need to be aware of.

Cheers, Beers, & Gold
Wilderness Protocol KG6SYX on 1/9/14
What is the current Wilderness Protocol status?
Cross Band Radio KG6SYX on 10/1/14
Recently I was trying out cross band radios with repeaters. Even thought there was no transmitted signal sent via my Handheld or truck radios, or other outside radios via the repeater there continued to be a nuisance signal received. There was no real pattern to this nuisance signal, it seem to occur randomly. Could be a fallout from the repeaters hang time or maybe something to do with my truck radio while in cross band radio mode?
Desert emergency communication WA2BRV on 20/12/13
My apologies for not see this post earlier in the process. I have and still do spend a lot of time in the Mojave Desert and I use a FT-8900 radio. There are others who use FT-7800 radios and do just fine. I would recommend a radio with dual band/channel capabilities one channel for simplex and the other for repeaters. If the newly licensed ham visits the Mojave Desert then table mountain 2 meter repeater maybe the one best repeater to use. I know for a fact table mountain has reach 9 miles pasted Baker and I've told it will reach to NV/CA state line.
Cross Banding Radio KG6SYX on 20/12/13
When camping I would like to be able to link-up with a repeater when I'm away from my truck and Cross Banding my FT-8900 with Kenwood TH-F6 may be the answer. I've been reading up and thanks to Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, Getting Started - Cross Band Repeat, Extract SERA Repeater Journal I have a fairly good understanding of what to expect with cross banding radios. The only question I have about cross banding radios with repeaters is what to do about the repeater hang time. That several second pause when the repeater stays on the air before dropping off. Any suggestions about to address the repeater hang time would be appreciated.

ps: Merry Christmas Everyone

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