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I can't figure out why eventhough I know there is quite a bit of activity on US3100 and TAC310/311 I hear very little activity usually. Why is that? [closed]

asked 2017-04-05 17:16:11 +0200

K5VZX gravatar image

Even when I am using my SharkRF HotSpot I have the same issue I went 2 hours yesterday when I was listening in the evening and didn't hear one single conversation. Weird.

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answered 2017-07-09 01:03:21 +0200

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The SharkRF will "keep you on" whichever talkgroup you keyed into last and pressed PTT. The rest it will monitor for 15 minutes and then drop after that timeframe.

If you look at your status screen it should indicate which BM talkgroups you are linked to. If you don't see any, then it will still be monitoring the last one you did (unless you just reset it) but that will be it. As you "Key into" them you'll see them listed, but they will drop off-except for the last one.

I would suggest that you "key into" one for a while and listen and see what happens. You'll probably find that you'll hear more that way. If you keep moving around, its more likely that you'll find spaces. I monitor 3148 (Texas) all the time and there are times its just wall to wall conversation, but then there is a lot of quiet time too. It just depends on what is going on. There are also Nets on a lot of them, you might try listening when you know one of those is going to be going on so you can confirm your setup is good.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but as a rule, the SharkRF will always remember and stay connected to the last one you are using-provided you don't have anything specified in "Auto Connect to ID". If you have something specified there, then that is the one it will "stay on" and the others will disconnect after 15 minutes unless you "key in" every 15 minutes. You have to keep in mind also that when the SharkRF is transmitting it can't hear you-you have to wait for a break in the conversation for it to "hear" your request, or you need to go into the Connectors screen and do a Group Call 4000 to drop all the connections it has going. (Even with that, it will still remember the "last" one you keyed into). You can program that into your radio as well, but you have to wait for it to stop transmitting in order to PTT that into it also.

Hope this helps you out!

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answered 2017-06-29 00:39:51 +0200

KB6LA gravatar image

In addition to the other comments, it is also possible no one is using the channels - they do sometimes go through hours of dead time. Use the Brandmeister Hose to check and see whether you are actually missing a conversation or if it's just dead. e.g.:

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answered 2017-06-26 05:26:28 +0200

AI6VX gravatar image

If you create a brandmeister acct, you can add talkgroups to your openspot so you don't have to key into them. Create an acct, log into your account,on your dashboard on the left at the bottom is a button for My Hotspots. After a bit your openspot will show, click on it and wait. At the bottom of the next screen is 'Static Talkgroups' and you can add them.

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answered 2017-04-06 09:57:02 +0200

M6NBP gravatar image

Did you Key Up to open each Talk Group ?

As you will not hear anything until you do.

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