So Tom, will these radios communicate with other brands? Or would we all have to buy the same radios?
They are a VHF radio. They will communicate with any brand that runs on the same frequencies. They will not pick up CB channels. These handhelds are a inexpensive alternative to the more expensive hard mounts like the ICOM I run in my jeep. These are only 4w vs my hard mount is 50w. I cannot program in the frequency on the fly though in my jeep as its a "buisness band" or "race radio". I have all the desert race/KOH channels in my radio pre-programmed along with my friends from up north who have licensed their own channels. Winton/Maureen have the hard mount I believe in Lucky Jeep.
These will not pick up the two way 5 watt hand held radios either that you buy in two packs usually at Sportsmans, costco etc.
You don't need a ham license, these radios operate on commonly used business band frequency which is different from HAM frequencies.
I just got the v2+ though.
Edit: After watching some reviews and learning more about THIS handheld radio. It can go onto UHF and VHF channels. It'll also pick up GMRS possibly FRS if you program them right. For the cost its a handy little radio. But for the short of it. The frequencies used by race/baja/KOH and others in the "race radio" market run on business bands.
Last Edit: Feb 17, 2015 8:39:03 GMT -8 by bigstuck
That's a pretty sweet radio! glad to see you're not keeping the rubber ducky antenna lol.. I'm sure you've already got the list, but here's where I started with programming mine: www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=2963#cid-9063 We'll have try and test out the range on our radios using the MURS freqs sometime
ExCabSwap: The wind there looks horrible... Still worth it haha
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poorboy: Can somebody give me the official rules for the Cowbell please?
May 8, 2016 15:26:47 GMT -8
Wyldman: The Cowbell... If you are a club member and you're on one of our wheelin' trips. If you get stuck on an obstacle and have to be pulled out by your winch or someone elses winch/strap. You earn the Cowbell.
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poorboy: Wyldman, I got to see the passing of the bell at the meeting and learned quite a bit about the tradition.
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ljdude: Who has the cowbell?
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petee: who has the cowbell
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