Start Time: 18:00L 3 August
Mission status: successful
Using a common communication platform KD9PREPPER and myself established a time/date/channel to establish radio contact.
At 1800L patriotic trucker attempted to establish contact for 5 minutes. KD9PREPPER reports via an alternative communication link he was able to hear but not respond
The problem was that the CTCSS tone used to access the repeater network was not turned on. KD9PREPPER double checked his settings and established contact with patriotic trucker for about 20 minutes.
The total distance of the contact was 196 miles using a VHF repeater network (image of the network coverage is included here).
What we learned: without the use of the alternative communication platform the mission could have been delayed or completely failed to achieve.
How can we improve: practice and maintain proficiency in the capabilities of our equipment.