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When it comes to disasters such as hurricanes, it is very important you have a means of communication in addition to your normal survival gear like first aid kits and emergency water and food supply. Radios are very effective in coordinating people and establishing logistics both during the calamity itself and the rescue operations that follows. Owning a portable amateur radio station or using Walkie Talkie Hire and long term radio (easytechsrl.net) rental may just be the key for surviving a disaster.

Advantages of Using Radios during disasters
Amateur radios or ham radios can endure a lot of disasters that other means of communications can’t simply withstand. For example, cell phones might be more convenient during normal days but they are rendered useless when severe weather knocks telephone towers downs. Wireless radios can still communicate with people regardless of whether the towers survived or not. Power loss may also greatly affect other means of communications but these radio stations can run on smaller and improvised sources of electricity such as car batteries.

Radios and Surviving Power Outages
These radios’ abilities to survive power outage were put to the test during the 2003 North American Blackout. The blackout affected around 55 million people from Canada and the United States and has caused widespread alarm and damage. Landlines and other means of communications, which were resticted by the lack of reliable power sources, were quickly swamped by calls. Fortunately, amateur radio stations were able to quickly get back on air with backup generators and some batteries. They were essential in coordinating relief and power restoration operations to areas in need. The radios were also able to report cases of fire outbreaks caused by mishandling of candles.

Radios and Surviving Hurricanes
The radio’s capabilities to survive hurricanes where also proven when Hurricane Katrina hit the United States in 2005. Violent winds, storm surges and widespread flooding have rendered much of the infrastructures in the affected areas inoperable. Amateur radio stations were still able to receive and send 911 messages and other communications. Some operators were even able to help victims as well.

Types of Amateur Radios
There are many types of radios to choose from depending on the coverage that you need and the funds that you are willing to invest. Small walkie talkies are the cheapest and most convenient radios to use. However it has an ideal range of around 35 miles which may not be enough especially if the calamity is widespread. It also has a limited battery life which is very disadvantageous in disasters. CB radios are bulkier than walkie talkies but can be used for long distance communications in ideal situations. They’re also relatively cheap compared to more advance systems. Finally there’s the amateur or ham radio which offers the widest options for communications. There are a lot of radio operator organizations that can help you to quickly learn about using this radio. Unfortunately this is also the most expensive radios although some home improvisations may cut costs. You would also need to earn a license to be able to operate them legally.

Utility supplies License-free portable Walkie Talkie


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two way radiosUtility tools: Ritron Inc. introduces the PT-150M, a professional-grade license-free portable Walkie Talkie. Operating in the VHF MURS frequency band, the PT-150M allows business-only users to operate license free at 2 watts, anywhere within the US. This saves customers the hassle and expense of licensing typical associated with “FCC Part 90 business band” radio frequencies, and provides out-of-the-box functionality and simplicity for utilities, retail locations, manufacturing environments, schools, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and more.

There are 5 MURS frequencies including two made popular by Ritron’s JOBCOM brand radio line and now are in wide spread use across the country – the “blue dot” (154.570) and “green dot” (154.600) frequencies.

The PT-150M features 8 channel capacity which allows maximum use of all 5 MURS frequencies plus reuse of 3 frequencies for additional work groups, etc. A 2 Watt transmitter, is adequate for up to 2 mile range, line-of-sight, no obstructions or 250,000 sq. ft. indoors range. A 1000mW speaker provides easy-to-hear clarity and volume for even noisy environments. A slim, lightweight design is ergonomic and easy-to-carry and use.

The 7 Character alphanumeric display provides easy-to-read icons showing battery status, channel scan On/Off, Keypad Lock On/Off, and more. Nine programmable function buttons allows access to backlit for keypad, accessing additional features in the radio , for example – scan On/Off, backlit for keypad, keypad lock/unlock, channel scroll up/down, send a Call Tone, and more. They allow access to advanced features and allow configuration of the radio. Rugged MIL STD 810F rating, IP65 resistance rating against dust and water and clamp-on audio accessory connector ensures long, trouble-free service.

Each PT radio comes complete with antenna, Lithium-Ion battery, spring-action belt clip, drop-in charging stand and AC adapter. Optional accessories include: a 6-unit gang charger, remote speaker microphone, lightweight ear set and nylon carry holster.

Basic radio parameters (e.g. tone signaling by channel) are field-configurable using buttons on the PT-150M radio – no tools are required. Free PC programming software (available from the Ritron web site) along with optional purchase of custom programming cable from Ritron, allows users full programming of all radio parameters, i.e. shuffling the 5 MURS frequencies to amongst the 8 possible channels and “tagging” channels on the radio (within 7 characters alphanumeric combo max) such as OPERAT or SECURTY.

The PT-150M is compatible with other VHF radios operating on MURS frequencies and will provide a range of 1 mile + line-of-sight range, no obstructions. Indoor range is approximately 250,000 sq. ft. Actual range is dependent on building structure and obstructions.