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Memory channel naming scheme and memory bank organization

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by GRIMM2021, Oct 17, 2021.

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  1. GRIMM2021

    GRIMM2021 QRZ Member

    I'm trying to decide how I am going to organize the memory channels and banks in my FT-5DR. Since I can have up to 16 characters for a channel name I think I would like to use a COUNTYNAME-CALLSIGN format for repeater channels.

    I am using ADMS software (for now). For repeater channels I am using repeaterbook but unfortunately repeaterbook cannot export the county name in the memory channel name. It appears that only the CSV export has the county name in it at all. I guess I'm going to have to do manual manipulation of the export file to get it the way I want but that's ok if that's the way it is.

    As far as memory banks go I'm thinking of the following:
    - Calling freqs (not sure this is really necessary but I guess it would be good for scanning purposes)
    - 2m reps-home
    - 2m reps-Ohio
    - 70 cm reps-home
    - 70 cm reps-Ohio
    - police/fire-home
    - CB (CB monitoring is probably about useless without the right antenna but I thought I'd throw it in)
    - GMRS
    - MURS
    - Airband-home

    Since the FT-5 has a built-in bank for weather I don't need one for that.

    How do you organize your memories/banks?
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2021
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  2. N9LCD

    N9LCD XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Here's how I organized my FT-60:

    2 meter repeaters
    70 cm repeaters
    460 MHz -- Chicago Police Department
    470 MHz -- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
    VHF & UHF Air bands -- O'Hare
    UHF FM -- O'Hare ground services
    UHF FM -- United Airlines ground services
    UHF FM -- TV stations "remote" pick-up audio
    VHF -- Norwood Park FPD & MABAS 20

    With all of that, I think I've only got one bank left.

    You're lucky to have 16 character capability for names. It's kind of hard to come up with descriptive names for the 100 or so air band frequencies at ORD; ORD ground services; and the CTA with only six or seven characters!
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  3. GRIMM2021

    GRIMM2021 QRZ Member

    I was considering an FT-60, it's one of the best HTs ever made. I still may get one. But one does quickly get used to having more memories and banks and longer tag names.

    Given the state of mobile computing hardware these days, the lag in HT development really is sad. These things should basically be ham iPhones at this point.
  4. AG6QR

    AG6QR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    • Standard scan for driving near home.
    • Abbreviated scan with just main club repeater, 146.52, and 121.5, for when I don't want to be bothered much.
    • A bank with all common simplex frequencies. Sometimes use this when on the road where I don't know the local repeaters.
    • All FRS/GMRS channels, for when I see someone using them and I feel like eavesdropping.
    • Standard CTAF/Unicom frequencies for when I find myself near a small General Aviation airport and want to listen.
    • A couple of banks for road trips that I frequently take, containing repeaters out of my home area.
  5. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    No room for names but My HF radio memory channels would be CHU, WWV and 60 Meters.
    3 freqs for CHU, 6 for WWV and the 5 CW allocations for 60 M
  6. GRIMM2021

    GRIMM2021 QRZ Member

    I'm wondering if it even makes sense to bank repeaters by 2m versus 70cm or just throw them all into the same bank. The frequency will be displayed anyway if I want to know.
  7. N3EG

    N3EG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Public safety - VHF, by county
    Public safety - UHF, by county
    Private commercial - both bands
    Ham VHF
    Ham UHF
    DMR, by repeater
    Company radio systems, by company
    DMR commercial channels on analog, to monitor beaconing

    My requirements are different, since I work for a company that maintains commercial/public safety radio systems.
  8. N7WR

    N7WR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    All of my VHF/UHF radios (home, mobile, HT's) are organized by region. Each region includes the ham frequencies, public safety frequencies, and aircraft frequencies I want to listen to in each region. Living in central Oregon my regional assignments are: Central Oregon, Western Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and Northern Oregon. I am no longer much of a traveler but each year I do drive from home to San Diego and from home to Pagosa Springs Colorado to visit family. On the Pagosa trip I travel through Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado so I organize memory banks for those portions of each of those states that I travel through.

    I create memory names for each of the programmed frequencies. For example: BOI 2M1. Boise 2M2 (Boi for Boise Idaho) etc. My mobile is an Icom 2730 so with the touch of one button I can change the display from the memory name to the actual frequency.

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