lmherdz wrote:[align=center]0-60 Hams in One Year Plan[/align]
[align=center]How the Roseville California Stake Went from Zero to Sixty Ham Radio Operators in One Year[/align]
Here is what they do:
A good plan. A few comments:
lmherdz wrote:2 Meter simplex (unless it does not work geographically for your stake).
If your stake is geographically really small, FRS or maybe the new XRS will do the job. Cheaper, and no license required.
Before going to 2 meter, you might want to talk to experienced hams in the area. There might be situations where 2 meter is overcrowded and you might be better served by going to a different band.
I do agree with going with a simplex mode. A repeater may not be available to you in the time of need. Either it may not survive the disaster, or the owner will give some other group priority. (Repeaters are private property. Don't just assume you can use them.)
lmherdz wrote:Basic Hand Held Radios and mobiles. They recommend the Yaesu FT-270R hand held or the Yaesu FT-2900R mobile.
While everyone is attracted to hand-helds, you'd probably be better off with mobile. 50W vs. 5W makes a big difference in range and can mean the difference between getting the message though and not. Depending on the stake's geography, hand-helds may not do the job in simplex mode. One trick you may want to consider is have a mobile operator for between building communication and use FRS radios for in-building communication and getting messages from to/from the radio operator.
While Yasu is a good solid brand, some find Kenwood's menu structure more user-friendly.
An up and coming brand is Wouxun. $119 will buy you a commercial-grade dual-band. Several hams in my area have them and love them. Hard to beat the price.