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Old 11-17-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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What do you recommend for a pair of 2 way radios? I primarily would be using for communicating with my spotter when parking my rig. I might also want to use for short hikes. Brand? CB or walkie? One CB base and one handheld? Thanks, Marshall
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What do you recommend for a pair of 2 way radios? I primarily would be using for communicating with my spotter when parking my rig. I might also want to use for short hikes. Brand? CB or walkie? One CB base and one handheld? Thanks, Marshall
Even better, cell phones with walkie capability. There ARE apps for that…
http://readwrite.com/2012/05/23/5-pu...-walkie-talkie
Beats having to carry yet another piece of electronic gear!
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:39 PM   #3
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We use the Motorola ones we use when snowboarding. Maybe overkill for just backing up, but they work real well at that too!

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Old 11-17-2015, 02:47 PM   #4
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Even better, cell phones with walkie capability.
But, would cell phones work if I did not have a signal? I could also use 2 tin cans and a long piece of string
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Con for smartphone apps-need good cell service area and a data plan....radios work where phones dont. FMS/GR, CB, SPOT/sat & marine work anywhere anytime
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We use FRS radios when backing up. Ours are Yaesu and double as our ham radio handheld for VHF and UHF. The nice thing about FRS is that the audio quality is FM and much better than CB radios.
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We use FRS 2-way radios for lots of things. The FRS bands also seem less crowded and therefore even more useful since they aren't as "cool" these days. Ours are a pair of old Motorola radios that each burn 3 AA batteries.

A more modern version would probably be more battery-efficient, but until these die, we'll probably keep using them. We had a pair of "newer" ones from Cobra that used AAA batteries, but they weren't as tough and did not survive.

Anyway, FRS is cheap and easy, unlike our Airstream.
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We have the MOtorolas and I really like the UV-5R+Plus by Baofeng (China as there are no US available products I know of).. They are "professional grade" but found two for $50 on eBay. You can get into the "HAM" freq. so read and follow setup properly.
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We use Cobra brand FRS radios. We have found that the cheaper, the better. None of them last very long. At least that has been our experience.
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+1 for FRS radio.

Suggest you consider one which accepts a wired headset/microphone and even better if it has VOX capability, at least for the driver, so they can talk hands free.


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But, would cell phones work if I did not have a signal? I could also use 2 tin cans and a long piece of string
I've only stayed at one park in four years of Airstreaming (in nearly a hundred different sites in the Gulf Coast states so far) where I didn't have cell phone coverage.
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And we went six weeks out west without cell coverage.
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I am not the experienced like our friend, Protagonist. I can name three where the coverage was poor, within 50 miles of Austin.
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And we went six weeks out west without cell coverage.
The only time I've been out west was at Farmington for the WBCCI International Rally, so I don't know what cell coverage is like out there. I've been to lots of places, but only in south Georgia, Florida panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Southwest Oklahoma, and one place in New Mexico. The rest of the country is still all howling wilderness to me, at least so far.

Obviously if there's no cell service then cell phone apps that mimic walkie talkies wouldn't be much use. But that doesn't negate the concept entirely; if your travels don't normally take you beyond cell range and you have smart phones, the walkie apps are an inexpensive alternative to buying new pieces of gear.

But I don't have a vested interest in these apps— I didn't create them and don't sell them— so it will not hurt my feelings at all if you choose not to use them or if you travel to places where you can't use them. But please, Lumatic, don't compare them to tin cans on a string without at least trying one of them first. If you try one and it doesn't work even though you're in an area with cell coverage, then feel free to compare it to tin cans on a string, with my blessing.
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