Simple Tips For Operating Two-Way Radios

I get questions regularly regarding emergency communications. Often, it begins with a call from a customer looking for a CB radio that will cover a 20-30 mile area for use in case cell phones stop working. The short answer is always that no "legal" mobile CB will do that. The larger question, though, is what is the best way to communicate in an emergency?

I found the Cobra microTALK 25Mile 2 way radio at Best Buy for $59.99. I own a small motel, and needed this to keep in touch with the front desk when I make the rounds to make sure that everything is secure. I had used Cobra radio products in the past, so I was reasonably certain that they would perform.



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At first I thought this division of labor ridiculous. Blue and pink? How sexist! Over time, though, as I thought about that conversation, I saw method in the surface madness. Thinking about my own experience, I realized that my cruising partner and I had implicitly divided our jobs along similar lines. I was responsible for basic homemaking stuff - like cooking, cleaning, laundry, keeping water tanks filled - as well as being the primary walkie talkies operator, family communicator, and business manager. He took care of the engine, the sailing systems, the outboard, the electrical system, and he made sure all of our electronics stayed in working order. We just hadn't acknowledged our division of labor like Tom and Elaine had.

Antennas. Although your walkie talkie will come with an antenna already, in most cases you can remove it and install a higher quality one. Choose an antenna that will suit your individual needs. Some people require more signal strength while others prefer to concentrate on a lighter, more portable type as they local proximity needs only.

Cordless phones are worthless if they can't even be found. Some do have a page button that lets the base call the handset, but not all. More often than not, it is only the incessant beeping of the low battery warning that leads you to the hiding place.

Nokia 3720 classic is advised for extreme conditions, but sadly it is a phone with a limited shelf life. It protects itself from harsh situations and materials, except from those intentionally hammered at it. The call quality is excellent, perhaps better than phones categorized as 'normal'. Voices are clearly heard on both sides with no background hindrances. According to the Finnish company the battery life is as tough as the exterior providing up to 7 hours of continuous talk time and 19 days of stand by time.

Today's technology allows for tracking radio communications devices that can appear to be a necklace or bracelet. I have known people to give an attractive necklace to a wily teen and know where the teen is without them knowing they're being tracked. This isn't foolproof, but we're getting there with the power of GPS.

All 2 way radio communications have their own jargon. You will need to learn the ten codes and associated phrases associated with Cb radio, or the Q codes if you go for ten meter radio. Learn what you 'twenty' is (your location) as well as the meaning of 10-10, 10-4 and 10-100. If you hear chatter about a 10-73, watch out - 10-73 is the code for a speed trap.

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