scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Walkie Talkies
Tue Aug 29 2000 - 05:19:13 CDT
In a message dated 8/29/00, Bill Sheehan writes:
>I advise against those with
>built in Nicads. Two days out on a primitive they are useless. I want to
>put fresh batts in when I want fresh batts. They last about a day.
We used the Motorola models FR-60 and 280, plus 2 off-shore
knockoffs (from Walmart) at summer camp and found AA alkaline
batteries lasted a full five days before exhaustion (4 days for the
AAA alkaline off-shore brands).
We are a high adventure troop and rely on the radios for safety
whilst being entrusted with the welfare of our boys and young men.
We keep radio chatter to a minimum to preserve battery life, and not
polluting the airways.
For weekend exercises we use rechargable NiH battery pack,
available with some radio models, replacing the AA alkaline batteries,
for Friday night through Sunday afternoon operation. Batteries drain
is highest during transmitting. The secret is to keep the radios away
from the boys, cut the chatter, and only use your radio on standby for
if and when you are called upon for assistance.
Family Talk walkie talkies are very affordable, today,
inexpensive to operate with NiH rechargable batteries, and there was
something written about being prepared when faced with an emergency
situation. We keep the radios transparent to the boys and only for leaders
and emergency/official use only. }:>
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