K2ADA – Florida USA

This journal is a record of my building, and operating an amateur radio station capable of world wide communications from Central Florida.

The Radio Ranch:  A small 5 acre hobby farm just north of Ocala Florida.   Marion County is a major world thoroughbred center with over 1200 horse farms, including about 900 thoroughbred farms, totaling some 77,000 acres (310 km2). Ocala is well known as a “horse capital of the world.”   “Postime Farms” and Ocala serve as host to one of the largest horse shows in the country: H.I.T.S or “Horses in the Sun”, a Dressage/Jumper event lasting about two months which generates some 6 to 7 million dollars for local Marion County economy each year. The show features classes for over 100 different breeds, including Tennessee Walker, Paso Fino, Morgan horse, SaddleBred, Draft horse and the American Quarter Horse. Other equine events in the area include cowboy mounted shooting by the Florida Outlaws, as well as endurance rides, barrel races, “extreme” cowboy events, jumper shows, trick shows, parades, draft pulls, rodeo events and more.  The nearby community of Silver Springs developed around the Silver Springs, a group of artesian springs on the Silver River. In the 19th century, this site became Florida’s first tourist destination. Today well known for glass bottom boat tours of the area, Silver Springs is owned by the state of Florida and incorporated into Silver Springs State Park in 2013.[9][10] Other nearby natural attractions include the Ocala National Forest and the Florida Trail. Manmade local attractions include Wild Waters water park; the western-themed Six Gun Territory operated in the area until 1984.

Fusion Simplex Freq

Recommended simplex frequencies for Fusion in the U.S.:

29.520

53.520

147.525

 

(notice the pattern? – easy to remember)

 

It is further suggested that those who are on-the-road, set their radios to 147.525 with GM on. That way if another traveler gets within range, you can start a QSO.

 

Fusion on 29.520 should not create interference. This is a repeater input and all FM repeaters are required to use CTCSS decode which Fusion will not trigger. Keep in mind that when the band is open, there are several repeaters on any given 10 meter channel.

 

53.520 is a 6 meter simplex channel and likely gets little to no use.

 

There may be conflicts with 147.525 use in some areas. It does appear that 147.525 will work in the vast majority of the country.

 

Please keep these frequencies in mind. It would be really great to define several Fusion simplex frequencies where we can go to hang out.

 

73,

Chris, K9EQ