Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: Need two way radio for cross country ride.
Its easy to look up what service has assigned frequencies. Programing the rigs is confusing the first few times you do it if you have rigs dual band rigs that monitor both VHF and UHF.
A few years ago I bought Baofeng rigs with the base charger, larger rechargable battery, case, programing cable, and tried a throat mic, garbled. If I remember correctly it use a fairly common mic-speaker connector.
I went with the dual band so that if I was in a group ride that split into two groups I could monitor both groups. Unfortunately riders with rigs had CBs, were used to CBs, and had glazed looks when i tried to explain the advantage of getting a way from CB.
Ifin I rem correctly FRs radios are not allowed to have a way to install and external antenna to them--a disadvantage if you want to store the unit in your bike while using it.
Once you set up a rig with a way to "key" the mic, having access to it isn't necessary.
When I'm xcountry riding, if I want to I can program it to access ham radio repeaters and chat with locals. With my 1X3 call I'm considered as an entry level operator. :-))
If you wind up in a dead cell phone area and need help you have the potential to find it via programing your rig. Passing the Tech exam, takem on-line till you easily pass it allows you to legally use a ham band for help. Hams have repeaters, receive one one frequency and simultaneous transmit on another in high elevation locations, plus can link repeaters together. Net result is its possible to be in a dead zone for cell phones but access a repeater.
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