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Old 06-16-2003, 03:03 PM   #1
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those little walkie-talkie things...

..that have become so popular recently: do they work on CB frequencies? just wondering....I know there are some amateur radio buffs here.

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Old 06-16-2003, 03:28 PM   #2
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Those work off of special frequencies that are called Family Radio channels. I forgot how many there are. We have a set that we use at rally's and also for backing instructions.


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Old 06-16-2003, 03:48 PM   #3
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handheld cb's

There are hand held portable CB radios out there for the price of the better hand held family freq.....about $69.00 up each...both have there uses...I have an old Radio shack hand held with about 5 channels that I loan to fello travellers that don't have a CB...jem
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Old 06-16-2003, 04:07 PM   #4
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My recommendation is to skip the FRS radios and go straight to GMRS radios. The prices have come way down to the same as FRS. The GMRS have a 5 mile range as opposed to the 2 mile range of the FRS radios.

They come in really handy. We have used them in Wal-Mart, at soccer fields, at home when the kids go to a neighbors, at campgrounds, backing up the beast, car to car, etc........

Sam's had a pair of GMRS radios from Motorola with charging stands and hands free headsets for $47.xx.

The GMRS and FRS do share SOME channels but not all. CB channels are completely different from FRS and GMRS.
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Old 06-16-2003, 04:11 PM   #5
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My experience is - we bought a pair of Cobra FRS at office depot, with a rebate that made them 20 bucks a pair. They have worked great. I had a pair of motorola GmRS we got at work, they were awful. Hard to use, did weird stuff like get stuck in a mode and couldn't get out, etc. I suggest you ask about varying brands and types, and decide from that which to get. The Cobras are easy to use, and have been problem free for a year.
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Old 06-19-2003, 01:20 PM   #6
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We got a set of Motorola walkie-talkies.....

for free when we purchased a new set of Michelin tires for our Expedition. We had no idea it was even an offering until they showed up in the mail one day soon afterwards. They set on a shelf for about a year, never opened. When we boiught the trailer, we though "what the heck, let's give them a try." They work up to about 3 miles, very clear reception, and have proved great for staying in the loop when in two vehicles (we sometimes pull the bass boat to our destinations as well). The kids always find reason to play with them, and they are great when backing and filling in order to get into a tight parking place. We now can't live without them, and our brother-in-law (Avion owner) recently got a set out of envy. Cheap purchase, too!

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