scouts-l Mail Archive for September of 2000: Re: Walkie Talkies
Fri Sep 01 2000 - 16:00:15 CDT
We occasionally use some small walkie-talkies during travel and at
activities. They are FRS radios, which are fairly cheap. Several families
in our pack have them, and since they are getting very popular most units
will probably find this to be true. They work very well around camp and
car to car (if the cars are within 1/2 mile or so).
Having too many can be very distracting, but if there are two or more
groups separated by a short distance it can be handy to coordinate by
radio. For example, we had a number of cubs at camp this summer, and when
some were on the archery range, and others at the lake, it was handy for
the leaders to be able to communicate.
There were, in fact, 4 packs at the same camp using FRS radios, and several
other folks off and on during the week outside of our camp. If they become
much more popular the 14 available frequencies could be crowded. I've
noticed at rocket club launches around here, and other activities with a
high geek per square mile density, these frequencies get very busy.
I wouldn't recommend having cub scouts using these radios or one for each
boy in a patrol, but for leaders (adult and boy scout) they can be very
David P Smith
WEBELOS Den Leader
Pack 99, Tahquitz District
California Inland Empire Council