By Ron Smith
I'm a relatively new ham using primarily a Yaesu HT60 and a small mag mount antenna on my car. I am only an occasional user, but am always interested in new, simple ways to communicate with my HT.
Recently, I found the SARnet , a network of linked UHF repeaters , tying into the Florida DOT microwave
system and giving even small HT’s statewide repeater coverage. There are close 30 repeaters covering the
All the information you need is on http://sarnetfl.com, and shows a statewide coverage map, with frequencies, and tones. I believe they all use a +5 offset.
Already, from the Lakeland and Tampa repeaters, I have contacted Chipley, Jacksonville, and tonight monitored Sarasota.
Since it is linked statewide you do have to allow approximately 2-3 second both in keying up, and waiting for a reply.
Try it out and have some fun!