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  • Neil Lauritsen, W4NHL
    For your voice comms in-and-around your APRS event, I just noticed that R.S has their #21-1810 FRS radios on clearance sale for $20 each: Full .5W HT s 14
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 6, 2000
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      For your voice comms in-and-around your APRS event, I just noticed that
      R.S has their #21-1810 FRS radios on clearance sale for $20 each:

      Full .5W HT's
      14 Channels
      38 CTCSS Tones
      10 CALL Tones
      And run on 3 AA batteries for 25 Hours.

      Being replaced by #21-1813 for $80 which LOOKS IDENTICAL and have all
      IDENTICAL SPECS. Only problem I can find with the $20 one is that the
      screw on battery cover takes a LOT of fiddling to get off. Of the 22 FRS
      I have bought so far for scouts and family, this is the best deal to date.
      I prefer the AA batteries too for the higher life/$$$ ratio.

      Bob
    • Ray Vaughan
      A couple other things happening recently in FRS... There are now base stations available. Basically a desk mount FRS radio. No external antenna, so not
      Message 2 of 3 , Sep 6, 2000
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        A couple other things happening recently in FRS...

        There are now 'base stations' available. Basically a desk mount FRS radio. No external antenna, so not much gain there.

        RS has a new 'mobile' FRS radio. The guts sit on the roof under the antenna, so they're okay when it comes to the no-detachable antenna rule.

        There are some GMRS handheld radios out now that claim to be FRS radios. Legally they need to be licensed, but I'm afraid no one will bother and we'll end up with a lot of high power FRS users.

        The 'dot' style radios are about to become legal to use without a license. They're available in both VHF and UHF. The law isn't out yet, but it has been passed. This would give you a higher power alternative, maybe for the administration at a camp.

        Lots of things happening lately. If you're not in it already, you might want to join the FRS mailing list at e-groups.

        At 10:37 PM 9/6/00 -0400, you wrote:

        > For your voice comms in-and-around your APRS event, I just noticed that
        > R.S has their #21-1810 FRS radios on clearance sale for $20 each:
        >
        > Full .5W HT's
        > 14 Channels
        > 38 CTCSS Tones
        > 10 CALL Tones
        > And run on 3 AA batteries for 25 Hours.
        >
        > Being replaced by #21-1813 for $80 which LOOKS IDENTICAL and have all
        > IDENTICAL SPECS. Only problem I can find with the $20 one is that the
        > screw on battery cover takes a LOT of fiddling to get off. Of the 22 FRS
        > I have bought so far for scouts and family, this is the best deal to date.
        > I prefer the AA batteries too for the higher life/$$$ ratio.
        >
        > Bob
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        >SCOUTING and AMATEUR RADIO - FUN FOR ALL AGES


        Ray J. Vaughan, MS, CBTE, CERT
        KD4BBM PG-7-15266
        http://www.rayvaughan.com/
        ray@...
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      • Bob Bruninga
        ... ... And the reason is... My #21-1810 sucks. Got it out on the trail and audio sounds crummy, and I lost my daughter completely on the #12-1810
        Message 3 of 3 , Sep 14, 2000
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          I wrote:
          > For your voice comms in-and-around your APRS event, I just noticed that
          > R.S has their $99 #21-1810 FRS radios on clearance sale for $20 each:
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          > Being replaced by #21-1813 for $99 which LOOKS IDENTICAL...

          And the reason is... My #21-1810 sucks. Got it out on the trail and
          audio sounds crummy, and I lost my daughter completely on the #12-1810
          model while I still had 100% comms on my cheap single channel off-brand
          "Whistler". So for $20 its nice to have an all channel/all tone model,
          but you get what you pay for...

          From my survey of all stores, Radio shack had the highest prices. almost
          by a factor of TWO for some of the full featured radios..

          bob
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