scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: walkie talkie
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Mon Aug 28 2000 - 22:59:31 CDT
> Sun, 27 Aug 2000 11:06:59 -0500
>From: Mark Arend <snip>
>We were talking on the train about the Troop getting 2 or 3 walkie talkies.
> I've often thought it'd be good for drivers to keep in touch while
>traveling and they'd be useful at campouts as well.</snip>
We would never use one on a hike (no electronics), this summer we drove
from SC to Philmont in 2 vans/4 day drive. We used CB radios that one of
the dads had gotten at garage sales for about 5-20 bucks each. We actually
had 3, 1 was a handheld one like you see watchmen and police use, one was a
dashboard model, one was a GE hand held model that was great. Both of the
latter worked great, and plugged into the lighter for power. First one had
a hard time with batteries, so the plug-in ones were definitely the
best. Range was CB radio range, 1-4 miles depending on traffic, terrain,
and tolerance for squealing. [Unfortunalty the GE handheld got mushed when
I put it under the power seat, forgot about it, and moved the seat.
Cruuuuuunnnnnnncch. Sigh. Luckily that was after the trip.]
But they were wonderful for car-to-car commo for where to pull off for
emergency potty stops, "This is our exit, ya there?", "Did you see that
buffalo", and provided hours of fun for the Scouts, though they did get a
couple of channels that had to be switched pretty fast becuse of rough
talk. (Someone honed in on me as Pyromomma, and was getting, shall we say,
amorous......ahem ......Coulda had a date, if hubby wasn't riding next to
Funniest part was when we got to Oklahoma and the sky looked like the movie
Twister. We had lots of nervous/funny chatter between the cars about
flying cows, etc.
So the next time that the troop goes on a trip, even for a drive of a few
hours, we will have our CB ready. Good insurance.
(or you could find 2 parents with cell phones, but the CBs are more fun)
Lorie "Pyromomma" McGraw
Cub RT commish, Troop Committee, and I used to be a fox.