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Comms - all around best option?

Post by youonlywish on Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:38 am

So, here's the scenario...


On a hike, want some secondary communications systems with the 'outside world'. Two-way is preferable.

Or, stuck in a snowstorm on the highway - an accident up the road or similar.

How well would a handheld CB radio / weather radio perform in this situation?

I don't even begin to have time to take a HAM course... looking at this as a secondary option.

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Re: Comms - all around best option?

Post by Wilson on Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:16 pm

HAM is your only serious option for radio communications.

For emergencies, I'd look into getting a Spot sat messenger and/or a GPS phone.

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Re: Comms - all around best option?

Post by Scratch on Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:53 pm

At least out here, some people do use CBs, but they are not near as prevalent as they once were.

I would recommend a good HAM, as in an emergency, SAT phone or SPOT messenger may not be a viable option.

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Post by slushee on Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:57 pm

What's a spot messenger? How much do they cost? I've been looking for across-city comms that can be kept in a bag or purse as well but nothing seems to be able to fit the bill.

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Re: Comms - all around best option?

Post by Wilson on Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:55 pm

Spot Messenger isn't something you use to communicate with people casually. It's for GPS tracking and emergency beacon use.

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