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Old 06-08-2008, 11:48 AM   #21
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Suggest WBCCI add GMRS at International

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I'm wondering if a handheld will be useful at Bozeman. From what I'm hearing is the range is only about 100 yds with the rubber antenna. I was hoping to be able to carry it around with me on the grounds and be able to receive information.
Why couldn't WBCCI use both CB and GMRS simultaneously to make announcements at International. If the announcer has two hands, he/she should be able to speak into their CB and a good GMRS radio simultaneously.
Or is this too radical a suggestion
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:19 PM   #22
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Why couldn't WBCCI use both CB and GMRS simultaneously ...
Or is this too radical a suggestion
I don't think it's too radical at all! Let's face it, CB radio is a dinosaur looking for a tar pit!
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Old 06-08-2008, 03:29 PM   #23
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I don't think it's too radical at all! Let's face it, CB radio is a dinosaur looking for a tar pit!
That may be... but it doesn't require a $75 license like GMRS. GMRS is a pretty poor alternative compared to amateur radio, where the licenses are free.
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...GMRS is a pretty poor alternative compared to amateur radio, where the licenses are free.
I totally agree with you! But, we're talking about something for the masses. And it's exceedingly unlikely all of them would take a the test to become licensed radio amateurs. Do I wish they would. Definitely! But I'm a realist.

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but it doesn't require a $75 license like GMRS.
Here's the thing, though, the Club could buy a license and transmit using higher power to the membership's handheld GMRS/FRS radios (which most are now anyway). Perfectly legal. No licensing required for the folks to listen. In fact, those members could also transmit on the GMRS channels 1-7 with a hybrid FRS/GMRS radio without a license as long as they are under the 0.5W ERP and only operate on 1-7.

Would it be more effective than using CB? That's another issue. CB has pluses and minuses. The pluses are higher power and greater range. The minuses are interference and greater dependence on physical properties of the setup, such as antenna mounting, coax cables, power requirements, etc. The FRS/GMRS is pretty user friendly. Range might be a limiting factor with the power and antenna restrictions on FRS usage.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:25 PM   #25
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CB - handheld & Airstream mounted

My 345 MH has the Uniden from the 18 wheeler I used to drive. BTW Uniden & Cobra are cousins. When attending rallies, I carry a hand held if i know there may be some sort of announcement that I would'nt want to miss. The hand held was useful when I would go to the driver's lounge at a delivery or pick up & needed to listen for a call back from the shipping office. Rechargable batteries are the way to go if you plan on carrying a hand held around. Only turn them on about 10 minutes b4 the regularly scheduled announcement. I still keep listening for the free wine tasting but seem to miss it at every rally.
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A number of WBCCI folks have Cobra handhelds but, they are battery hogs and are only good for an hour or two. This opinion based on two units on a recent caravan.

A friend on our recent caravan bought a Radio Shack handheld with all the bells and whistles to hook it up. I was unimpressed with its power, range, etc. as we went down the road. Couldn't hear him half the time and with an external antennae.

I just had my radio shack cb worked over in Albuquerque,NM ($125 cobra is same unit) and it is kicking out 20watts doing a good job.

Truck stop cb shops often times have used radios very reasonable.

The shop that worked on mine said the Unidens are the best most reliable units. Taiwan assembly vs South Korea according to them.
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On the way to get my 34' from Iowa, the need for a CB to get road conditions as well as my co-driver talking to some of his trucker friends, I elected to purchase a MIDLAND 75-822 MINI 40-CHANNEL. This was first seen in use by some of the HOG members on their bikes. As the unit switches from Handheld to Mobile in 60 seconds, you might want to check it out. As it does have NOAA alert, I will be using it both on the road and at camp sites. The range while in handheld configuration is unknown, the mobile range is 3 to 5 miles according to some of the truckers spoken with.
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