[chirp_users] Lighthouse Radio Network HELP!

Jim Unroe rock.unroe at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 18:11:02 PDT 2021

On Tue, Jul 13, 2021 at 2:36 PM Steve Lanwermeyer
<capedecision at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello there!
> I represent a group that has been restoring the Cape Decision Lighthouse in southeast Alaska for the past twenty years, and one of our projects this summer is to establish a GMRS radio network on our property.
> The radios are all getting shipped to Alaska now, but the person who was going to help us program them is no longer available!  I am writing to see if anyone here might be willing to help us, potentially by writing and sending us the Chirp files needed to get us up and running.  There is no internet or cell coverage where we’re going, but I’ll have a brief opportunity this coming Friday to sit with the radios and a computer and Chirp before we leave for the lighthouse on Saturday.
> The system includes:
> (3) Baofeng handhelds
> (1) Baofeng mobile base
> (1) Retivis repeater
> I can send send more details about makes and models and any other information you may require!  My hope is that someone on this list can can help ensure that the base station and handhelds and repeater can all communicate with each other with Chirp files I can easily upload into each radio.
> Please send word, and thanks so very much!  Happy to make a donation somewhere to get this done in time...
> Thanks for your consideration!
> Steve

The above-mentioned radios ((3) BTECH GMRS-V1 and (1) BTECH GMRS-50x1)
are FCC Part 95 Subpart E certified for GMRS use. They come
permanently programmed with the 30 GMRS channels. These in-firmware
channels cannot be deleted or the frequencies modified by CHIRP or
locally by the keypad. Even a RESET will not remove these channels.

At the very maximum all you would have to do is configure the RX/TX
CTCSS tone (or RX/TX DCS code) to match whatever selective squelch may
be configured in the repeater. All easily done in-the-field using the
radio's keypad and built in menus.

Although CHIRP will allow you to configure some global settings that
aren't available from the keypad, there is absolutely no need to use
CHIRP to program them for use with a GMRS repeater. Just selected the
appropriate repeater channel (23 - 30) and press the [PTT] button.


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