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>--- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, Les Chibana <les@b...> wrote:
>I think it has been suggested that channel 11, quiet code 22 be used. But
>I believe some CA orgs have their own freqs (Steve S?). I think 11-22 is
>what ABA has suggested.
The ABA standard, and what most birders use, is 11-22. The only exception I
know about is that some birders in the Kern Co. deserts (Butterbredt,
Galileo, Cal City) use the date (month for channel, day for quiet code).
>As for model suggestions, Motorola has been producing a dizzying array of
>FRS/GMRS radios that have been appearing at Costco for around $40-$60 a
>pair. ... Similar to the T5000 is the T5950 and T6220. These will operate
>hands-free (voice activated) with the proper accessories.
The Motorola radios are by far the most popular. Please do not buy from
Cobra. An important feature to birders is the ability to turn off various
tones, especially AutoRoger/AutoOver tones, but also button beeps and other
unwanted noises. Cobra radios do not have this capability, and the ABA FRS
Committee requests you only buy radios that permit these noises to be avoided.
For those interested in GPS functions in addition to FRS, my radio of
choice is the Garmin RINO 120. It combines GPS and FRS functions by
transmitting the sender's location at the end of every voice transmission.
The sender's location displays on the map screen of any receiver tuned to
the same channel. This great tool is called Peer-to-Peer Positioning. You
can read a review at http://www.optics4birding.com/RevGarminRino.aspx
disclaimer, I work here).
>There are other brands with varying features and for a wide range of
>prices. IMHO, you're better off with models that use AA batteries because
>of their availability, and, in my experience, AA's seem to last longer
>than AAA's. Is this true, or am I imagining things.
This is important advice. It's not Les's imagination. Battery life is
measured in milliAmp-hours (mAh). The best AAA batteries have mAh ratings
around 800. The best AAs are around 2300 mAh. These numbers are all for
NiMH rechargeables. As birders, we should be role models for conservation
and ecologically sound practices. NiMH batteries last many times as long as
standard alkaline batteries, so even if they created the same amount of
pollutants, they would be a more environmentally friendly choice, but they
also have lower amounts of pollutants per battery.
(Usual disclaimer, no financial connection here) I get my batteries from
www.thomas-distributing.com. They seem to have the best prices, and also
the best chargers and longest lasting batteries sooner than other places.
Several birders I know shop here.
>On May 22, 2004, at 3:08 PM, Luke Cole wrote:
> > Birders:
> > Can someone remind me of the frequency Cal. birders use for their
> > radios?
> > Can someone also suggest a good quality FRS radio, with good range
> > miles?), to invest in?
> > Thanks.
> > Luke Cole
> > San Francisco
>--- End forwarded message ---
Steve Sosensky, SoCA Bird Guides www.sosensky.com/guides/
> for general use
> rare birds and emergencies only
Toluca Lake, CA 91602 818-508-4946 34.15645 N, 118.36715 W
SoCal FRS: use channel 11 code 22