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[aprssig] Clubs, FRS and Ham Response teams

KA7O ka7o at ka7o.net
Sun Aug 28 19:53:07 UTC 2011


There is no licensing requirement for FRS.

AND, using FRS HTs like this can be a motivation for those without 
Amateur Licenses to get their own. Sooner than later, FRS users will 
grow weary of the limitations.

73

On 08/28/2011 12:18 PM, Charles Doughtie wrote:
> YeahBut - - what about the license requirement? They sound like good Justin Case insurance but you cannot get insurance at the moment of need - - -
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> "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."
> Robert A. Heinlein
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> “I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can.”
> Rick Perry
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> From: Bob Bruninga<bruninga at usna.edu>
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2011 1:15 PM
> Subject: [aprssig] Clubs, FRS and Ham Response teams
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> Cheap Radios for Emergency  Preparedness!
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> We bought 10 pairs of FRS radios amounting to about $14 each and made them available to our entire school ham radio club.  The idea being to make sure that all boots-on-the-ground could contact each other and the local campus EOC during the Hurricane.
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> Even the Hams found them very handy for short range contact so that their HT could remain on the EOC, AREA/RACES and other vital channels, leaving the FRS channel available for logistics and coordination within the club and on scene.
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> This sure keeps a lot of simplex traffic off of the HAM channels that are already busy with longer distance traffic.
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> The FRS radios are 1 watt UHF with 22 channels, PL, CTCSS and DCS  (including CTCSS Scan!) and rechargeable batteries and charger for $28 a pair.  We consider them expendible so they are the ones we use in the rain, over the water, and into the mud.
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> Plus the unlicensed newcomers to the club can use them to stay in touch with our Cadre of communicators ntil they get thir licenses.
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> If you are Radioactive, dont overlook these excellent HT's.  PS. I measured several on a Sig gen and ALL are identical 0.2 uV or so sensitive as good as any ham radio.
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> Bob, WB4APR
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