Since I returned to the radio, I have been listening to the 2m and 70cm bands. While the level of activity on FM seems pretty low, the repeater infrastructure on the bands is very impressive.
The largest of these is the Southern Ireland Repeater Network which links up multiple repeaters. i.e. a signal on one repeater appears on all the others.
The coverage is shown below....
Location: Devil’s Bit, Co. Tipperary.
Location: Helvick Head, Co. Waterford.
Location: Mt. Leinster, Co. Carlow.
Location: Carrickphierish, Waterford City.
Location: Farmers Cross, Cork City.
Location: Bweeng, North Cork.
One obvious problem is that one conversation can tie up multiple repeaters but it doesn't seem to an issue as the activity levels are pretty low.
It's certainly a big change from before when there were just simple stand alone repeaters on 145 MHz that didn't connect to anything else.
1) The Southern Ireland Repeater Network website can be seen here... http://sirnrepeaters.blogspot.ie/
2) The repeater list on the IRTS website can be found here.. http://www.irts.ie/cgi/repeater.cgi