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I have a red cross emergency radio but thinking about something more portable for the get home bag. What are you guys carrying?
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nomad;104923 Wrote:I have a red cross emergency radio but thinking about something more portable for the get home bag. What are you guys carrying?

Grundig G6. Covers the entire HF band (plus ssb) and FM broadcast. It's a little bigger than a pack of cigarettes.
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#3
Anyone have recommendations for 2 way radios?
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donotknowme;117794 Wrote:Anyone have recommendations for 2 way radios?

That really depends upon what you want to do with them and what kind of range you want out of them.
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#5
For two way I would use the citizens band. Best range with this frequency, most commonly used and easy to find/build parts for. I have a mobile and a handheld.
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I'd just want to stay in contact with my wife in case we got separated for some reason such as me having to go to one of our water supplies. I wouldn't need any distance greater than 10 miles I think.
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donotknowme;117918 Wrote:I'd just want to stay in contact with my wife in case we got separated for some reason such as me having to go to one of our water supplies. I wouldn't need any distance greater than 10 miles I think.

Hopefully one of the HAM's will chime in here, but I don't thing you're going to get 10 miles out of anything in a walkie talkie without going for a regular HAM radio. The FRS/GRMS radios while they package says they're good for 22 miles, that's probably out on the Bonneville Flats, at night and during a solar minimum. It certainly isn't in the hilly terrain of PA.

CB walkie's are useless when it comes to that kind of range. You could do a CB base station and a mobile unit in a vehicle, but Walkies just ain't gonna cut 10 miles.
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streaker69;118244 Wrote:
donotknowme;117918 Wrote:I'd just want to stay in contact with my wife in case we got separated for some reason such as me having to go to one of our water supplies. I wouldn't need any distance greater than 10 miles I think.

Hopefully one of the HAM's will chime in here, but I don't thing you're going to get 10 miles out of anything in a walkie talkie without going for a regular HAM radio. The FRS/GRMS radios while they package says they're good for 22 miles, that's probably out on the Bonneville Flats, at night and during a solar minimum. It certainly isn't in the hilly terrain of PA.

CB walkie's are useless when it comes to that kind of range. You could do a CB base station and a mobile unit in a vehicle, but Walkies just ain't gonna cut 10 miles.

Working in the gas field we used the VHF business band on the mountains. Mobile to mobile the best distance I ever got was about 30 miles, from Montoursville PA to Salladasburg PA. I had a custom rig set up with an antenna tuned just right too. Most of the time I communicated with my crew from my mobile to their handhelds while on the mountains and at the very best was about 3-5 miles. Handheld to handheld about 2 miles tops. I'm sure these rigs could triple their distances on flat land, solar minimum and if the planets aligned just right like you said.
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Wattage output, the right antenna and frequency range play a major role in 2 way communication. Repeaters can be set up but may not be reliable if you cannot maintain them. Simplex communications can reach pretty far with the right set up but will require bigger rigs to get it done. UHF is the least desirable for mountainous terrain.
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If we're talking about receiving only/scanning the airwaves I could give some tips on my set up I have for my base station set up here at the house. I posted some of the details about this rig in the scanner talk thread if anyone missed it. I can listen in to emergency transmissions in the VHF range up to 60 miles from the limited testing I've done so far. Of course I made my own custom antenna to pick up the specific frequencies I normally listen to. When it comes to scanning your antenna plays a major role. Design, length and position are key and depend on the specific needs you have for the best performance.

I also have a handheld scanner that I keep in my BOV for times when it might be needed. If I had the money I would have a mobile for CB, VHF and for scanning installed with dedicated antennas for each running at least half a wave.
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