Yes, you can operate simplex without a repeater on two-meters FM! And the audio usually sounds better than working through a machine. These simplex frequencies are handy to have programmed in your base, mobile and HT transceivers for rag chewing, working FM DX, and emergency communications.
There are obviously more simplex frequences available. These frequenciesfollow the ARRL band plan and are the even, 30 kHz frequencies based on 15 kHz splits. One N5LXI.COM web viewer suggested these simplex frequencies were not optimum for their area. Other than .52 simplex, they are just a place to start. Local regions may have their own favorite simplex frequences. My numbers one to six (the 146 MHz frequencies) are typically the most popular.
Hint: Program the alphanumeric display on your radios to read X 643 indicating simpleX and a frequency of 146.430 MHz and so forth. It makes it fast and easy to QSY to simplex.
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