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Radio Communications

Communications is a subject that has been on my mind for quite a while.  I have finally reached a point at which I have decided to do something about it.  Over the years, I have acquired a bit of radio equipment, so I decided it was ham radiotime to call in an expert and have him take a look.  It turns out that I have a few useful items, a power supply, a two meter radio, 4 FRS (Family Radio Service) radios and a couple of useable CBs.  The rest is pretty much junk.

Today or tomorrow, I should receive a second radio, a Yaesu FT-270 delivered by Fedex. …

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Tactical Radios

radiosI have read several articles on the internet recently advocating ham and other long-range radios.  While I think these are great and very useful, I going to talk about some advantages of short-range radios.  In my opinion, you should divide radios in two classes, strategic and tactical.  Strategic would include long-range two-way communications, television, AM/FM radio networks and shortwave.

Tactical would include the FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service and General Mobile Radio Service).  The manufactures of FRS radios claim the range is up to 2 miles.  The actual range is closer to ¼ to 1 mile depending on the terrain.  They are small inexpensive two-way radios that operate on 14 dedicated channels.…

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