scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: walkie talkie
Jeffrey L. Taylor (jefftaylor1@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Mon Aug 28 2000 - 13:48:27 CDT
Mark Arend wrote:
> What's the experience out there? Are they worth the expense or an
> unnecessary frill?
We use the FRS walkie talkies, in summer camp and on camping trips. The
SPL gets one, the SM gets one (me), and we are working on ones for the PLs.
All in all, they have improved communications in camp. Being from
Florida, we always seem to be put at the top of any hill when attending
summer camp out of council, and the radios save wear and tear on the knees.
The range advertised is only under ideal conditions, i.e. flat, clear
terrain (a Camporee!) In hills and woods, or rain, less than a mile (Camp
If you get them, get the ones with the privacy codes. They are more
expensive, but with only 14 channels, if you don't, you'll be talking to
someone else's SPL at most Scout functions. The ones that take AAA
batteries seem to be smaller/lighter, but we get free AA batteries from the
photo shops, so we stay with those because they do like to use batteries.
When driving, we have had mixed success with the FRS. A much better way to
communicate is CB radio. They are relatively cheap, with a magnetic mount
antenna and a cigarette lighter plug, any car in the Troop can communicate
three or four miles. The local Marts and Radio Shack have them, or check
out garage sales. Do a resource survey, we found enough in Troop families
to outfit vehicles on our trip to summer camp in NE Georgia last year.
Which ever way, use them as a program feature for a meeting or two. Have
the Scouts learn proper radio etiquette. Yes they are an electronic
device, but so are GPS', and I want my scouts to know how to that camping
tool also. But they know how to use a compass or the North Star, and a
whistle or signal mirror first. My .02.
SM T401 Daytona Beach
Central Florida Council
I usta be a Fox... SR-295
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there aren't enough of 'em.