The Walkie Talkie Decision You Didn’t Know You Had

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Does your family need a two-way radio?  There are few families that would not benefit from, or find an important use for a two-way radio.  Have you ever been hiking or camping with your family and you and your kids become separated from each other?  This is not the time to discover that your cell phone does not have a signal.  How do you call and check on your kids to make sure they are safe?  How do they call you when they need you? Having a couple of light weight, compact two-way radios isn’t such a bad idea. In fact, at times like this, it’s a necessity to insure the safety of your family.
 
Before we explore the different radio and service options available, let’s first consider some basics that apply to Walkie Talkies and radio services.  First, more power means greater distances.  Therefore, a 1/2 watt radio won’t transmit as far or as well as a 5 watt radio.  Second, the flatter the terrain or more direct the line of sight communication you have, the better the range and performance of the radio.  Some radios can transmit 30 to 35 miles or more if the terrain is flat.

With these basics in mind, let’s consider the capabilities of the following services and radios to see what fits your needs:

(1)  The CB (citizens band) radio is an option with both mobile and handheld styles that provide 40-channels and have an output of 4 watts.  They are generally sold as an individual radio and you would need to buy one for each person.  The CB radio tends to be a little larger and bulkier than the other radio options.

(2)  It is common to find that a two-way radio covering the Family Radio Service (FRS) channels will cover the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) channels as well.  FRS radios have a maximum power of 1/2 watt, so you don’t want to roam too far from each other and hope to communicate.  If you purchase a radio with both FRS and GMRS capability, you can operate on the FRS channels without a license, however, to operate on the GMRS channels you will need to obtain an FCC license, but not everyone in the family needs one.  The FCC license is issued to facilitate the activities of an adult individual AND his or her immediate family members.  Family members include a spouse, children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and in-laws.  One license can cover the whole family, but the licensee is responsible for everyone operating under their license and will need to insure all users follow the rules. GMRS radios operate in the UHF band so the radios are compact and light weight.  The power of these radios is generally from 1 to 5 watts, and they are most often sold in pairs for about the price of one handheld CB radio.

(3) One of the latest and little known new services is the extreme radio service (eXRS) that uses new technology referred to as “Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum” technology and operates in the 900 MHz band.  The eXRS two-way radio boasts of being able to provide superior communications over a greater range when compared, under the same conditions, to the FRS and GMRS radios, plus they require no license like the GMRS does.  When sold in pairs they are about the same price range as the FRS/GMRS two-way radios.

(4) Finally, the marine VHF band radios are another option.  The FCC eliminated the individual licensing requirement for voluntary ships operating domestically which are not required by law to carry a radio.  So your personal, non-commercial, watercraft is exempt from a licensing requirement.  Portable, handheld versions are generally found in the power range of 1 to 5 watts.  They are sold as individual radios like the CB handhelds.  The Cost of these radios is higher than the others, but if you are a fisherman, there is a price you are willing to pay for your safety through communication. Not only are these radios capable of land to water communications, but land to land as well. This is often an overlooked capability of “marine” radios.

When making your final decision, one option that is well worth insisting upon that is available on each of these types of radios is a Weather Information or a Weather Alert channel.  Whether you are at the soccer fields on the weekend, camping, hiking, or on the lake, it doesn’t cost any more to have a radio that can warn you of a weather emergency.  Regardless of which radio you might be interested in, there are numerous options that each of these radios offer. You are sure to find one that will meet all your family’s needs.

Ham two Way Radio – Passion for Communication

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WHAT IS HAM RADIO?

Ham radio is the the term coined for amateur radio enthusiasts who learn to operate radios as a hobby or for practical use. Hams – as operators are called – can use various methods for transmitting messages including Morse code via telegraph, voice transmission via radio or messages through a computer. New methods of transmitting television allow for images to be received around the world by hams. Some hams have contributed to the development of new technologies for other uses.

The term ‘ham’ has unknown origin although there are several theories.

WHO USES HAM RADIO?

Ham radio operators can be anyone – doctors, homemakers, truck drivers – who enjoys communicating with new friends. Hams can talk across town or around the world.

Ham radio was used by the military in the World Wars and by ships. The well known ‘SOS’ is just one of the codes that operators use to relay messages to one another.

In emergencies ham Walkie Talkie operators volunteer to assist with transmitting messages when normal communications are unavailable.

So far, we’ve uncovered some interesting facts about ham radio. You may decide that the following information is even more interesting.

Hams are all over the world – even in space! While in orbit or on the space station astronauts have spoken with other operators as well as children, teachers and parents. The program is called ARISS, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.
Hams are young and old, men and women and of every background and occupation.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START?

In the United States you must obtain a license from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission).

To be licensed by the FCC you must pass an exam. The exam is administered by a volunteer ham operator and you are then mailed your license. You can often find websites or groups where you can locate a tutor who will answer questions or offer instruction before you take your exam. One such resource is the ARRL website. The ARRL is the National Association for Amateur Radio and provides training and resources for getting started as well as updates and news for the ham radio community.

HOW MANY HAMS ARE THERE?

The ARRL site claims over 170,000 members. FCC licenses have been issued to over 600,000 individuals in the United States and there are over 3,000,000 hams in Japan and many more throughout the world according to statistics found at ah0a-Site.

With so many people to talk to, there are even competitions to see how far away you can transmit and many other events within the community.

The day will come when you can use something you read about here to have a beneficial impact. Then you’ll be glad you took the time to learn more about ham radio.