An integral part of the communications plan is 2 Meter ham radio. There are so many 2 meter repeaters it made sense to use this band as part of my general, and emergency communications plan.
I currently have 26 repeater frequencies programmed into the ICOM 2200H based on each travel leg. Today I completed installation of the 2M antenna (which is slightly visible in this picture) and completed a radio check. I don't remember the station call (my bad) but was informed that my signal was clean and I had no problem hitting the 146.620 Salt Lake City repeater from my location.
I hope this weekend to pull the Yaesu 450-AT out and try some contacts on HF (20M/40M). Yesterday I finally received all component parts to the BuddiPole antenna which will be my HF antenna system. I did set-up the antenna today (test only - no radio connected), and it took about 3 minutes to set up. It is without question an extremely easy antenna to set-up (I set it up in a Dipole configuration). I have had the pleasure of speaking with N6JKH who was using a Buddipole in California, and have subsequently heard several stations making contact with the same antenna.
When the HF Communications Check is complete I will post the results.
73 from KE7WUI