Saturday, August 5, 2017
Worth a Mention: SARNET-FL
"Statewide Amateur Radio NETwork in FLorida." The "SAR" part doesn't have anything to do with search-and-rescue in this case. Anyway, it's a stand-alone microwave-linked set of 70cm band ham repeaters scattered all over Florida, accessible with nothing more than an FCC Technician amateur radio license and a $13 Baofeng hand-held. It sounds a little complicated, but having tried it out while barreling down I-10 through Crestview back at Christmas, I can attest that this thing is absolutely trivial to use. You can get the rest of the details at their web site http://www.sarnetfl.com Here's a map showing approximate repeater locations:
Hmm. Combine with the Florida Trail, toss a programmed FT-60 or FT-817 into the pack, and I see a potential adventure appearing on the horizon.
Lots of overlap, but there are some coverage gaps too. Better bring the FT-817 to bridge those UHF gaps with HF.