I'm helping a lady friend modernizing a two story 100+ years old ex corner grocery store with canopies over the sidewalks she inherited. Place is 3,500sq. ft., upstairs has five bedrooms. Kitchen, dinning, gallery and meeting rooms down and large owner / manager quarters. Three and 1/2 baths.
It's being upgraded with all new floors, walls, big electric project with new 200 amp service with 42 space load center, adding 16 dedicated circuits for A/C, heat, appliances requiring same.
Consensus seems to indicate this property, which is a couple of blocks from the beach and the Galveston Pleasure Pier will probably be utilized as a family, corporate or institutional retreat or B&B capable of putting up eight adults or a adult / children mix of sixteen, based on configuration.
Of course, seems the cellular smart phone industry keeps providing them to younger and younger - - - -
But, this page is about two way radio base station arrangement utilizing GMRS mobile radio kit with power supply attached to the kit base.
This $89 set assembled on a plywood base, from scrap wood, with 12 v. six amp Samlex Mean Well power supply and a new QTY KT-8900 UHF 5? / 25 watt radio attached to the base. Programmed with borrowed RT System program and cable for the GMRS channels 1 through 7 and 15 through 22 for use, leaving the 8 through 14 FRS 1/2 watt only and rubber ducky only channels marked or missing as they can't legally by used by a base station arrangement like this, Uhhh - - - ? - Uh Huh.
Stairs to the floored attic and the attic that opens to a small veranda that seems for watching out to the Gulf, for Pirates?. If opposition not forthcoming will mount 42" 6 db gain fiberglass encased antenna on 15 ft. mast, got-a legalize this, huh? Opposition? Mount it high in the attic. Coax to the common gallery traffic area / food service area across the shotgun 100+ year old hall from the large old grocery store entrance room (flexibility.) Base station and drop in charging rack with 12 or 24 hour auto-off circuit for six Motorola GMRS premium HTs
Experimenting with a feature rich simplex repeater controller for possible utilization with this inexpensive putt-putt Retreat Radio system.
Then again, this is a dual band radio. Uhhh - - -could opt for a dual band antenna in the attic and add all the VHF Houston - Galveston area repeaters also.
Other Kits Pictured
Yaesu FT-1907 UHF. This one available from Hong Kong, not normally sold in the USA. It has power setting that can be utilized for more legal GMRS operations. A power setting adjustment button on front, 5W, (for channels 1 through 7), 10W, 25W and 55W. We have had these units in operation at WIA for years.
A power setting adjustment button on front, 5W, (for GMRS channels 1 through 7), 10W, 20W and 45W UHF. For VHF it's 5W, 10W, 20W and 50W.
Bob Hutchinson, N5CNN
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