Communication

Discussion in 'General Q&A' started by Rongway, May 16, 2016.

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  1. Rongway

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    Cell phone towers are down, now what? I've been trying to figure out this problem for awhile. I know ham radio is the next best thing but somebody like my grandparents are not going to bother to get a ham license.
     
  2. Keith H.

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    Me either mate, I don't have a cell phone. They don't work out here in the woods anyway.
    Keith.
     
  3. lonewolf

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    who am I supposed to be communicating with? better to lay low and keep shtum!!
     
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  4. Keith H.

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    No TV out here either! :)
     
  5. Arkane

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    I have 27meg AM+SSB radio and 477meg radios for local comms!
    I can power all indefinatly !
    But I will use my mobile while it works:)
     
  6. lonewolf

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    TV here is rubbish, its all repeats. so no loss there if it went off.
     
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  7. lonewolf

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    I've got 2 radios, 1 that is electric but will also work on batteries, and 1 which is wind up, so I can listen to any communications.
     
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  8. Tom Williams

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    Hand held walkietalkies that recharge we use on deer hunts they will keep us in contact
     
  9. Arkane

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    Each person in my little group has a BAOFENG UV-5R
    with extended battery and remote speaker mic setup!
    It has 1w-5w power so when really close we don't waste power!
    Basic radio was AUS$50ea and all the extra accesseries added another $50 ea
    Awesome little radios!
     
  10. Tom Williams

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    We have 40channel cobras that. Work well set of two 60 dollars we have 8sets
     
  11. Arkane

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    Each of my radios have a spare rechargeable battery and a battery case that takes 6XAA batteries!
    I can recharge from 240v or 12vdc or little solar panels I have setup!
    The big 3800mAH batteries last soooo much longer than the regular batteries!

    My old radios Uniden UH-052 sets were good but I only got about six hours use out of a charge!
    these new ones go a full twenty four hours plus no worries!
     
  12. lonewolf

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    that's a lot of expensive gear to have just "in case of"!!
    one of the reasons why I never bothered with walkie talkies or the like is that they will just get chucked in a drawer until SHTF actually happens, got no use for them when everyone has mobile phones.
     
  13. Arkane

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    Mine are used when hunting, they sometimes come in handy when flushing pigs out of dense scrub and when a heavy kill is made you can call in a pickup to save carrying all the way back to camp!
     
  14. Homanda Range

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    That's our go-to communication -- hand-held walkie-talkies.

    Tom, can you tell me how yours are rechargeable? That is, are they solar-powered in and of themselves, or do you use rechargeable batteries (and if so, how do you recharge them)?

    For the record, we have hand-held walkie-talkies which use batteries we recharge with a suitcase-sized solar recharger (as well as an old-school, 4-channel portable CB radio that plugs into a vehicle's cigarette lighter).

    I'm very interested in finding alternatives (e.g., solar-charged walkie-talkies that won't suck the juice out of our "suitcase" recharger).
     
  15. PracticalToby

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    Homing pigeons? I'm not being facetious here. Pigeons were commonly used for pre-telegraphic communication, have been used extensivley in war zones (still are in some places), don't need batteries and can be eaten when they reach the end of their usefulness. I had a friend who used to describe unpleasant foodstuffs as being as edible as a walkie-talkie. He may have had a point!
     
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