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  • gerardoberger 2:12 am on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    2 way radio Batteries 

    2 way radio onlineFor years people have been telling me that relations, love and happiness are the important things in life…Nowadays I realized that I can take or leave all that as long as I have this walkie talkie iphone app in the world.

    Various fields require two way radios for communication needs.

    Whether it is a remote and rural area or not, two way radios are important wherever there are is no availability of cellphone signals. Some of these two way radios have a range of upto 10 miles. All of these radios depend on two way radio batteries to continue running.

    Depending on the brand and manufacturer, these two way radio batteries vary greatly.

    You will find various manufacturers that make two way radios like Motorola, Cobra and Uniden. Most of them manufacture dozens of different models of these radios. Today’s two way radios are not merely walkie talkies. There are several features that make them ideal emergency rescue devices.

    You will find some amazing features like a flashlight, NOAA weather stations and hands free voice activated capabilities that makes these two way radios much more powerful than cordless home handsets.

    Two way radio batteries are mostly the NiCad or NiMH batteries. These batteries are the nest for any cordless device like cordless phones and two way radios since they last long and respond well to short power boosts. Some of the two way radio batteries are still the traditional AA alkaline ones even as their capacity is much lesser than the NiMH or NiCad batteries.

    A newer two way radio battery is the Li-on or Lithium Ion battery that has more capacity and charges much faster too.

    All two way radios come with cradles for charging the battery when engaged. This cradle can be a double when charging both the two way radios or a single one when they are used apart. These chargers are brand specific too making it essential to know the make and model of your radio when looking for a replacement charger.

    Two way radios are important for all outdoor fields and it is essential to choose the right kind of two way radio battery. They are capable and powerful communication tools and a good quality two way radio is the only way to keep in touch for many areas. It won’t be a good idea to get stuck with two way radio battery that is dead in the middle of nowhere!

    Choose your 2 Way Radio battery carefully and keep spares handy.

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  • gerardoberger 5:50 am on August 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Walkie Talkies, Golf Carts and Envelope Stuffing 

    Without giving too much about this Radio piece of writing, but I thought it remarkable and appropriate to what Im currently doing.

    walkie talkie yellowA familiar face to many at AIDS Walk, Shawn Mullane is hard to miss at that event every year. She can usually be spotted running around Theis Park with her AIDS Walk colleague Clair Fitzsimmons, piloting golf carts and managing logistics on Kenwood 2 way radios.

    Mullanes been involved with AIDS Walk for 20 years, and her primary role now is that of a route coordinator with Ryan Gove (although, she conceded with a laugh, We have never given ourselves an official title.) She also serves on the Steering Committee, AIDS Service Foundation board and Hope Care Center board.

    Ive been working on AIDS Walk as long as Michael Lintecum, Mullane said of the man who is now the events director.

    She was Lintecums agent when she first got involved in the event, said Mullane, who is a co-owner of the Kansas City modeling agency called Exposure Model & Talent Agency. He was pursuing acting. Michael called me and knew that I worked on the Kansas City Blues & Jazz festival. He called me and said, Im working on this walk, and would you come and volunteer? And I said, Sure, Id be happy to.

    Originally, Mullane said, she worked registration. This was back in the days when the stage was one of those trailers that you rent from Parks and Recreation and people were bringing cash and checks along with pledge forms to registration. (Today, in contrast, most of the funds come in through AIDS Walks fundraising website.)

    That was my first year, and I was there collecting money. And a young girl came up, and Im going to guess she was 11-12 years old. Her mom was there with her, and she handed me an envelope. It wasnt some huge amount of money or anything like that, but they were from Columbia [Mo.”>. And I said, Oh my goodness, youve come a long way to walk and donate your money. And this very young girl looked me straight in the eye and said, My uncle died of AIDS and I really felt I should do something. And I was pretty much hooked at that point.

    Ive often thought about how I wish I knew what happened to her 20 years after she did that. And her mom nodded in the background — Yeah, this is what she wanted to do.

    Looking back, she said, That little girl walked up and handed me that envelope of cash that she probably raised in her neighborhood in Columbia, Mo, and this was the closest thing we could do. There was just that connection and it kept going.

    Mullane volunteers at nearly every event held by the AIDS Service Foundation AIDS Bicycle Cruise, AIDS Walk Open, Beerfest, House Parties and more. She said she likes all the events and cant pick a favorite.

    I dont know why I feel compelled to work, she said, laughing, but its my contribution, so to speak.

    Mullane said she doesnt get involved in much of the planning, which is left to the co-chairs and others on the steering committee. But she said that the AIDS Walk Open makes for one of the longest days. After the first Open, we all sat around afterward and said, Oh, my gosh, I think I might be more tired than after the walk.

    Mullane is often assisted at outdoor events by her daughter, Lila, now a freshman in high school, who has been helping her for many years. I was 7-1/2 months pregnant [with her”> at the AIDS Walk in 1999. Her grandmother brought her down the year after she was born. I dont know if shes missed one, Mullane said of her daughter. I always said I really hope her recollection of all of this is that shes proud of what Ive done, which I think she will be, since shes always been involved.

    Mullanes husband, Brad Johnson, and his band play at AIDS Walk and the AIDS Bicycle Cruise.

    These days, AIDS Walk is a carefully managed machine that raises more money than many other larger cities and relies on the community to make all the events happen.

    We have 80-90 volunteers at the walk, said Mullane. In her years of involvement, shes done many tasks but takes delight in one thing.

    I put bands on the route, she said, referring to the entertainment that walkers find along the approximately three-mile walk. She said her husbands band began performing more than 15 years ago.

    Another one of her duties has been to work with Rick Cowan on the neighborhood notifications. We have to notify everyone that is along the walk that streets might be temporarily closed, Mullane said. The city has told Rick Cowan several times that we are one of the most organized and efficient events in the city.

    She said they have to personally mail out about 500 notifications. She recently posted a photo on Facebook of herself and her daughter stuffing envelopes at her house.

    Her colleagues at her business and some of their talent clients also volunteer to help. I ask the talent, Would you come help me on this day? One of these days, Im going to say, youll never work in this town unless you come and help me. Ive always wanted to say that, she said with a laugh.

    I have always said that the reason I keep doing this is, its the people. Its the people I work with, its the people were helping, its the people who run the ASOs (AIDS Service Organizations). Its just such a wonderful, wonderful group of people. Im sure my husband is sick to death of me. I come home from everything and I say, I just worked with the most wonderful people and they do such wonderful things.

    The event affects her, she said. My whole story is that little girl who handed me that money, and Im getting weepy, she said. I get weepy every year when I watch all the walkers with the banners.

    Two board meetings ago, Mullane said, We were at SAVE Inc. and we got a tour. And Ive been there before, but its been a long time, and it reminded me of why we do this. Its good people doing good work.

     
  • gerardoberger 8:51 am on August 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Satellite Radio Online Store RapidSatellite com Reviewed 

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    Ok now on to review what satellite equipment RapidSatellite.com has to offer for Sirius Radio buffs.
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    RapidSatellite.com is a member of the Better Business Bureau Online and #1 in consumer satisfaction among cable and satellite TV suppliers as rated by J.D. Power and Associates. Basically, you can trust this company that when you order you’ll get what you ordered with no problems.

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    After you enter your delivery address they’ll run it past the USPS to make sure there are no problems delivering your item. That’s a really nice feature that they double check your address. Shipping was only $9.99 for a receiver shipped to my zipcode in the middle of nowhere. They accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

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  • gerardoberger 12:26 pm on August 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Satellite Frequency Television Systems Explained 

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  • gerardoberger 4:02 pm on August 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Modern Two way radio 

    The world is full of very cool, well written posts. Whenever you find one that catches your eye, you have to post it, well i do! so with consent of the original blogger i have posted this so that you can take pleasure in

    The current-day term for communication radio is two Way Radio, and that’s not every that’s new. The likes of Audiovox and Motorola have changed the unit, and today they include additional features like thermometers, barometers, altimeters and integrated digital compasses so the obvious thing to look out for here are the Motorola CP040 that is a modern take on those used years ago that really looked or acted anything like a two way radio that we know today. Present day models aren’t nearly additional features, though you will find plenty of high quality ones, they’ve taken the fundamental features making them much better. It is extremely common to allow them to work over large distances of the couple of kilometers, despite the fact that this appeared as an impossible task some time ago. You may expect the batteries to serve you for a very long time, as well as when they are doing go out, you are able to re-charge them instead of needing to buy new ones as with that old models.

    A built-in gps system (Gps navigation) is among the noticably options that come with the most recent walkie talkies it will help you stick to the journey or get where you’re going to where you began your vacation. You’ll be able to receive weather information broadcasts straight to your radio if you would like them, if you are out hiking or fishing then there’s you don’t need to be caught unawares through the weather again. Walkie talkies are useful in a number of situations, even though they are most widely used among anglers, walkers and campers. Even when you aren’t an outdoors kind of person, you are able to benefit from getting walkie talkies, for instance, within the situation of the emergency for example an earthquake or hurricane. Many people now depend exclusively on their own mobile phones to make connection with others, however your mobile phone isn’t as reliable since you may think, so getting an agenda B may be beneficial.

    For all of the benefits they offer, walkie talkies aren’t costly – a top quality set could be bought for just $100. Keep in mind that the cost you have to pay is you’ll ever need to pay, because you will find no call charges to cover as you will find with mobile phones. You may just use them a couple of occasions annually, however they can last for many years, so that they work to be considered a good long-term investment.

     
  • gerardoberger 7:10 pm on August 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Hotels, Holiday Resorts & Walkie Talkies A Match Maid in Heaven 

    So i discovered this post on the internet and i understand that just posting it as the whole piece is not the right thing, I got permission from the original author and read up how to curate articles, so that is it…….i thought this was fascinating because it highlights some of the highs and lows that I encountered when i was working within the industry.

    walkie talkie deadThe tourism industry is a big one, with various holiday seasons bringing in huge revenues around the world, year in, year out. In some cases, tourism profits are actually vital to the survival of small towns and resort areas, as well as major factors in the host country’s GDP.

    Approximately 30 Million people visit the UK from all over the world each year (and we don’t even get nice weather!). Drawn to our many sites of cultural interest, even more of historical interest, or just a slice on English country life, these tourists are actually a considerable part of our economy.

    Holiday resorts and hotels are an extremely important variable in this equation. In the first instance, the availability of airport parking, conveniently situated bed and breakfast facilities, or luxurious hotel/spa complexes are of paramount importance to our tourism industry. However, in the second, garnering a reputation for sterling customer service is also absolutely key, both to the business survival of a hotel/resort facility and to the continued attractiveness of our little cluster of islands.

    In the UK, we offer our visitors an intriguing mixture of world-class nightlife, casinos and holiday destinations with calmer, more sedate activities like country walks, historical tours and shopping opportunities.

    In order to keep our visitors happy, British hotel staff are using Walkie Talkie more and more in their quest to deliver perfect service and garner that all-important word-of-mouth recommendation, as well as that even-more-important second booking.

    Two-way radios provide instant customer service, as well as an increased level of health and safety awareness. There is a great comfort to be had in the knowledge that a dedicated, world-class staff are only a click away from delivering anything you could possibly want, at any time you could possibly want it.

    The ability to liaise with housekeeping staff, for example, can allow cleaners to focus on a specific room, adding a priority to that particular space that will greatly reduce the time spent waiting around in the bar. These staff, rather than being rushed off their feet, can quickly and easily arrange for fresh linen to be sent up, or clean towels and so on and so forth…

    Also, with business professionals carrying potentially sensitive equipment or information, a good hotel will be very security conscious. Two-way radios allow for an enhanced security presence, which is a key selling point of any hotel or resort complex.

    Ultimately, two-way radios are becoming a hugely important piece of our tourism industry.

     
  • gerardoberger 10:41 pm on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Motorola Profits From Cutbacks 

    Article of the Day………ok so i haven’t got a piece of writing every day, but when i get a chance Ill post posts that I find fascinating. Fortunate enough heres one of those articles that I read and had to share. Should you enjoy it as much as me, please add one of those special social media likes, you know the one that tells everybody you enjoyed something, rather then you sat on your arse and watched TV!

    This 2.4 percent operating profit margin is a marked improvement on its fourth-quarter 2002 margin of only 0.3 percent and is delivered against a 2 percent fall in sales (see Motorola Q1 Sales Slip 2%).

    Today’s figures reflect the strides the U.S. vendor is making in its efforts to counteract the telecom downturn, following several rounds of financial cutbacks (see Motorola Cuts Debt by $900M) and unimpressive product launches (see Moto Fails to Inspire and Motorola Lags Rivals).

    Motorola CEO Christopher B. Galvin today stated defiantly that he expects the infrastructure side of his business, along with all the company’s other segments, to have positive operating earnings in 2003 and to generate positive operating cash flow.”

    Unstrung Insider’s April report — “Financial Healthcheck: Top Ten Wireless Equipment Vendors” — has Motorola listed as one of the market’s most improved infrastructure players over the past year. “The growth in net income is especially positive,” says Gabriel Brown, author of the report. “Motorola is the clear number two in the final rankings — behind Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK). The company scored highly in many key areas, and is probably the most improved business overall.” The table below indicates the extent of Motorola’s improvements:

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  • gerardoberger 2:22 am on August 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Public Safety with Kenwood Nexedge two Way Radio 

    The basis of this post is to make you think about what in life is essential and what does getting the up-to-date two way radio microphone clip really represent to us

    With the ever present threats from civil unrest, active protest, terrorism and natural and man-made disasters, public safety agencies around the world are stretched to their limits in resourcing to manage situations in ways that will protect the public from injury or harm.

    When disaster strikes, police, fire, ambulance, medical, and other services need to be able to work together in harness and communicate with each other to coordinate efforts.

    It is of course mission critical that a reliable two-way radio service is available and the key to effective two-way radio communications in public safety is the interoperability of radio systems employed by the various first response services, the capacity of the network and its coverage; any delay or drop-out in communications could have catastrophic consequences.

    Kenwoods NEXEDGE digital solutions are designed to provide secure, fail-safe radio communications systems in public safety applications. Infinitely scalable, multi-channel trunked networks using wireless microwave or IP connectivity (as the primary or back-up method) ensures reliable service even when wired communications lines are rendered inoperable by adverse environmental conditions.

    Among its many benefits, NEXEDGE Digital Two-Way walkie-talkies and in-vehicle units additionally feature an Analogue/Digital Mixed Mode which allows them to communicate automatically with any existing analogue radios whatever the make; providing a straightforward and economical way to use existing radios while migrating to the benefits of digital without compromising service quality and reliability.

    All NEXEDGE hand portable walkie talkies conform to MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G for ruggedness and durability and are IP54/55 Water & Dust Intrusion rated, making them ideal for operation in harsh environments.

    Kenwood 2 way radio systems are widely employed by public safety agencies around the world including the national ambulance service in Lithuania, numerous fire services in Poland and regional police forces in Europe, Africa and the USA.

     
  • gerardoberger 5:42 am on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Motorola Reseller Radio Waves Works With Schools to Improve Communication and Safety with Walkie. 

    The basis of this post is to make you think about what in life is essential and what does getting the new walkie talkie wiki really represent to us

    walkie talkie for androida nationwide Motorola authorized two-way radio reseller, is reaching out to schools to inform them how equipping their faculty and staff with two way radios would improve communication and create a safer, more secure environment. The importance of school-wide safety comes following the results of a 2013 school communications study conducted by Motorola indicated that keeping students and staff safe is the top responsibility and importance to a school.

    The study found safety not only means preparing for disasters and weather events, but being able to respond and coordinate efforts instantly throughout the school or district. The mandate to improve school safety extends beyond school property to keeping students safe on school buses, field trips and more.

    “Student safety is a major concern for schools throughout the nation and I am proud to offer products that keep our students and teachers safe everyday,” said Kelly Madonna, President of Radio Waves. “My hope is that schools will equip themselves with the proper tools and not chance the security of their community based on budget limitations they may face.”

    Understanding that cost constraints are the number-one reason schools are unable to fund communication decisions, Radio Waves has decided to offer the complete line of Motorola business two-way radios that will fit into any institution’s budget to help school’s meet their important safety needs.

    The CLS (clear, lightweight and simple) series provide a rugged, dependable easy-to-use solution to schools whose budgets will not permit a heavy investment in communication equipment. The CLS radios are the most popular light duty business UHF radio used in schools nationwide today. The CLS radios can be used with or without an earpiece or microphone.

    For schools with a larger campus where more coverage is need, Motorola offers the RM Series two-way radios. These radios provide coverage up to 250,000 sq. feet and 20 floors. These highly durable radios help you communicate instantly. With crisp, clear audio throughout the organization, these radios won’t quit in high noise, harsh conditions, or high use.

    If text messaging in addition to voice communication is important to an organization, Motorola offers the DTR Series line. This digital line of radios offer extensive security features such as one-to-one private and one-to-many group calling with built-in frequency hopping spread-spectrum (FHHS) for true privacy. The DTR line also boasts an extended 19-hour battery life, caller ID, and the ability to store both contacts and pre-set text messages.

     
  • gerardoberger 8:48 am on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    BC Link — Snowsports Two way radio 

    communication devices advantages disadvantagesWhen we found this informative article we were so excited, having hunted for over a year for this, discovering it on this website was an exciting time for yours truly.

    I’ve now got about 10 days using the BC Link radio. Durability so far so good. Battery life is terrific, I did one test that involved leaving the radio switched on for the bulk of 4 days, with moderate use each day. Battery was still going strong at the end of that period. Only gripe is I’d like the radio base unit to indicate when it’s getting a charge, because when you charge from USB other than the provided wall-charger you have no way of knowing if the radio is getting juice. Thus, if you’ve got a defective USB cable or connection (not uncommon) you could merrily be charging along only to find out the next morning you’ve still got a dead battery. At any rate, charge every night and you never need worry about using the radio heavily all day long. (But for battery life insurance, still use good radio technique such as speaking clearly and concisely instead of rambling or fooling around, as well as turning the unit off when not in use.)
    This thing is cool. From the plain black-on-black styling to the waterproof connectors, the new BC Link 2-way radio from Backcountry Access reeks of quality and downright functionality. I got one of the first retail units, figured this first-look was appropriate. Field testing commences immediately (see below for some results from later today).
    The grand unboxing of BC link. I have a feeling a few of these will be opened Christmas morning.
    Grand unboxing of BC link. The sound of heavenly radio transmissions came down from on high as we lifted the lid. I have a feeling a few of these will be opened Christmas morning.
    The concept is bold. Instead of trying to match the bloviated “blister pack” FRS/GMRS Walkie Talkie market with a Battlestar Gallactica electronics toy lookalike, BCA came up with an understated black moisture sealed radio that only works with the attached speaker-mic on a dedicated coil cable. Idea is you carry the base unit in your backpack or perhaps a jacket pocket (also has a belt clip if you want to totally geek out). Controls for normal use are on the mic, while you set your background settings (channels, beeps-on-off, etc.) on the base unit.
    I’m about as familiar with FRS/GMRS walkie-talkies as you can get (as well as licensed Amateur radio operator KC0FNM). Thus, only surprise here is that without a PTT (push to talk) switch on the base unit, I expected it to be smaller. But the base unit has to carry a fair sized lithium rechargeable battery, which probably drives the form factor.
    Link base unit is designed to run inside your backpack, with external handmic providing enough control for normal use.
    Link’s base unit is designed to run inside your backpack, with external handmic providing enough control for normal use.
    Link handmic (otherwise known as a speaker mic) has necessary controls. Small dial at top right
    Link handmic (otherwise known as a speaker mic/microphone) has necessary controls. Small dial at top right is on-off and volume. Lower dial with letters is the channel pre-sets. A series of LEDs at top left indicate the radio being powered up, transmitting, etc.
    Speaking of the battery, per current pop electronics you can only charge the BCA Link via USB. This requires the usual USB wall-wart adapter if you want to juice from residential wiring. You can presumably plug directly into your computer, or into whatever source you’re using to feed USB current to say, your smartphone. Mixed emotions about this. In an ideal world, USB would simplify things. But shucks, with a dozen or more different types of USB connectors out there (was this designed by Microsoft?), I still carry a spaghetti mess of cables and adapters, so really, things are just as complicated as in the old days. What is more, I still feel the ideal DC current standardization is the >< 12 volts of automobiles. But that's another story.
    Of more importance, you'd better have a good charging strategy for BC Link if you're on a multi-day backcountry skiing trip without electricity. I'll do the official WildSnow begging to BCA for an AA battery pack, but something tells me this won't be forthcoming any time soon. Instead, look to any of the aftermarket auxiliary USB chargers, such as those by Anker and Goal Zero.
    Settings
    If you’re familiar with Motorola FRS/GMRS Walkie Talkie, changing channels and such on the Link base unit will be easy. It’s done exactly the same way. Ditto for disabling all the annoying beeps and noises these types of walkie-talkies seem to think would make our lives better. The all important LOCK mode is obvious; designated by a graphic on the base unit face: push MENU and OK buttons simultaneously and you get a nice countdown to when the unit is locked. The only thing non-standard is setting the channel memories that correspond to 6 settings on the handmic, switched using a small dial marked with letters A through F. This is too easy. Just get the base unit set to the channel you want, then press the OK button. There you go, you have a pre-set for whatever letter you had the handmic dial set on. (Link comes with pre-sets that will probably become standards, but I’d recommend figuring out a few pre-sets specific to your usual group of backcountry skiers to prevent channel crowding once these radios are in common use.)
    Note: There are no FRS/GMRS channels “officaily” designated for various uses, but convention designates channel 1 for general public chat, and channel 20 (with quiet code 22) for emergencies. That said, in most areas the FRS/GMRS channels are NOT monitored in any way that would help you call for help. In reality, channel 1 tends to be overused due to it being the easiest channel to get to on a new radio, as well as being easy to remember. Thus, when setting your radio we recommend not using channel 1. But perhaps keep channel 20 as a setting and don’t use it for day-to-day comm.
    Likewise, bear in mind that the FCC requires these types of walkie talkies to lowest power on channels 8 through 14. Thus, when picking channels for general backcountry use it’s advisable to pick a channel from 2-7 or 15-22 (Link transmits at one watt on those channels, 1/2 watt on the other ones). Furthermore, the antenna on this type of radio can be assumed to be tuned to the midrange of frequencies (channels), with performance falling off at either end of the channels. Thus, for a bit of extra umph in your distance range I’d recommend using channels 6,7,15,16,17.
    Conversely, if you want to conserve battery and know you’ll always be close to your compadres, try using the Link’s lower power (1/2 watt) channels 8-14. These will perform better than you might think. The Link radio doesn’t have a low/high power setting, so using these channels will significantly extend your battery life if you’re doing much talking. In other words, this is a way of forcing the radio to lower power.
    IMPORTANT: To get best performance from any 2-way radio, all users must have their antennas oriented in the same position. Convention for this is to orient your antenna vertically. Since the Link base unit is presumably buried in your backpack, it may end up in a random position (BCA packs will have a radio mount, presumably vertical). I’d recommend all party members figure out a way to carry/mount their radios to the antenna stays somewhat vertical. By the same token, the higher the radio is above the ground the better it will perform.
    Water resistance
    We’re assuming the Link is robust and “waterproof.” Word from BCA is it conforms to standard IP56. In my research this indicates the unit is sealed against powerful gushing water, but is not immersion proof. From what I see when physically examining the Link, my take is it’ll hold up fine to normal humidity and moisture encountered in backcountry skiing, but might not be the radio for commercial fishing. That said, BCA told me they actually tested the radio at full immersion and it passed. All connections have obvious seals. Both the hand mic and base unit cases are assembled with small, confidence inspiring metal fasteners rather than being snapped together or glued as with toy radios. These fasteners cause us to fantasize about modifications such as a better antenna. Yet again, another story.
    Ease of Use
    Some of the blister pack FRS/GMRS radios are so loaded with features they become difficult to use unless you’re on them every day. BCA’s approach to this is perfect. In my opinion the Link has enough features for effective use, but by lacking dodads such as scan and VOX it’s much less confusing when you step through the menus. Such features can be useful, especially scan, but simplicity is key if we want radio use to become more common in our sport. Which leads to our next thought.
    Safety
    Inter-group communication is just as important to avalanche safety as is your beacon or airbag. The 2-way radio enhances such communication to a stunning degree. More, beyond avalanche safety you’ll still find that using walkie talkies can make a huge difference in situation such as navigating complex terrain. Yes, there is indeed a geek factor to these things. Get over it. Hide the Link base-unit in your backpack, discreetly mount the handmic on your pack strap, turn off all the beeps, don’t chatter, and you’ll be able to live with it.
    Ergonomics
    Base unit is basic. Smaller would be nicer, but whatever. A small lanyard mount on the top enables hanging from the inside of your pack in the recommended vertical position. You could also do this with the included belt-clip if you could find (or mod) a way to attach it. In either case, our testing indicates that to keep the unit vertical you need more than just a basic attachment inside your backpack. I rigged up some bungie cords that stabilize the position of the radio in one of my packs. BCA backpacks will of course have a dedicated Link mounting system.
    Handmic (BCA offical name “Smart Mic”) is designed to locate on your pack strap with the coil-cord feeding up over your shoulder, operated with either hand. I find the PTT (push-to-talk) is a bit awkward to press, but I’m getting used to it. Looking down at the Smart Mic, you can see the volume/power dial as well as the pre-set channel selector dial with its A through F markings. The movement of both dials is adequately attenuated to prevent accidental changes. Nonetheless, per good radio technique glance down when transmitting to make sure you’re on the correct pre-set, and check your volume once in a while by calling for a radio check. (Some 2-way radios have a volume self check. Link doesn’t have this as an obvious option. Still, you can do a volume self-check by turning on any of your weather channels, which will result in either static noise or voice you can check. I’d recommend programming your local weather broadcast to one of the pre-sets, perhaps the last one, F.)
    The base unit has no charging indicator in the LCD. Instead, the light on the wall wart goes red when charging and green when done. To me this situation is a big detriment, as I can see myself charging the Link in a variety of situations when the wall wart is not used. Indeed, if BCA is keeping a list of recommended improvements, let me recommend “charging indicator in LCD.”
    One other ergonomics take: We really like the LED flashlights built into some FRS/GMRS radios. Carrying two light sources during big backcountry trips is an important safety consideration (main headlamp and some sort of tiny auxiliary light). Link LCD can be used as a light source by pressing the MENU button. It’s dim and turns off after 3 seconds, but would be adequate to illuminate swapping batteries in a headlamp, or finding a lost hat in your sleeping bag at 2:00 in the morning.
    Weight
    Big consideration, especially for those of you who presently don’t carry 2-way radios. The better blister pack FRS/GMRS radios we use weigh around 7.3 ounces, 207 grams with lithium AA batteries installed and a set of spares. (They’re easily waterproofed by carrying in a ziplock, though doing so is a bother. Waterproof blister pack radios are available, and weigh a bit more. ). Link total on our scale (handmic and base) weighs 11.4 ounces, 322 grams. Add a handmic to your blister pack radio and you up the total by at least 3 ounces, to at least 10 ounces, 284 grams. That’s still lighter than BC Link, but not by much. What that extra ounce or so gets you is the key: Link is waterproof, apparently durable, and has what I’m assuming is significantly longer life battery than what we get with the 3 AA cells (and a set of spares) for our blister pack unit.
    Real World Test
    I took a Link out skiing today, paired with Lisa carrying a regular name-brand FRS/GMRS. We tested while separated by a small hill. Transmissions were clear as ever. We then tested by talking from top of ski resort to the base area, about 2,000 vertical feet and not line-of-site. A bit of static, but totally audible. I’m not sure Link is any better than another good quality FRS/GMRS, but it’s certainly no worse. Tomorrow I’ll do a brutal comparo by having a person drive away in a car while continuing to talk, using the Link as well as another radio. I doubt we’ll find anything significant.
    Conclusion
    If you’re a big radio user I’d think the small weight penalty would be worth going with BC Link. If you’re the type of user who keeps the radio stashed in your backpack, turned off, a smaller/lighter rig might be more appropriate (some blister pack FRS/GMRS radios are quite small). Me, I’ll probably use both types depending on situation. Have to say I really like the Link handmic with controls, and not worrying about moisture is a big plus. Four WildSnow.com ski tips up to BCA Link!
    Size of Link, from BCA:
    Mic: 3.3” x 1.0” x 1.8” / 8.0 x 4.0 x 4.5 cm
    Base unit: 2.5” x 2.0” x 6.0” / 6 x 5 x 15 cm

     
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