I use a Yaesu FT2 mostly on summits which gives me the capability of keeping Viki happy with a 70cms S2S This hh is C4FM enabled and I’ve had loads of contacts and a few S2S on this mode, however, these contacts have been made up in G/LD with the ever faithful chasers such as Sue, Douggie, Mark and Derek to name but a few and members of the North West Fusion group. These contacts were mostly requested by them although I had alerted that I had the capability. To date I have been disappointed with the audio quality of this mode as compared to FM…could this be the FT2 as I have heard reports that the FT3 is better?
Down in this part of Wales we have 3 Fusion enabled repeaters but FM is the main mode of operation with requests to move to Fusion on request and only as an ‘experiment’ . None of my friends are listening on the DV calling frequency and as other activators will know most of my local chasers are monitoring the FM calling frequency and don’t have DV capability…or do they…quite a few Yaesu 991 rigs out there now.
When Viki, Rod and myself activated Cadair Idris the response on DV was zero contacts despite an Alert and Spots…Viki had a pile-up on 2m and a good run of chasers on 70cms. I was using an antenna comparable to Viki’s system.
Maybe I’m not doing the right thing and should be doing ‘a Viki’ by posing the question of ‘any possibility of a DV contact also’ to promote activity. I had 21 FM contacts on Foel Cwmcerwyn on New Year’s day…lost opportunity maybe? Maybe the challenge will change my perceptions or kick start activity.
Do I purchase a cheap DMR for the challenge…I think not. My perception is that I have more of a chance on C4FM if I drum up support in my locality from now on.
Anyway…just my thoughts…
73 Allan GW4VPX