Thanks for bringing the information on this discussion to the scoutradio
list Bob. I remember months ago we worked to come up with a quasi-dedicated
group of channel assignments for Scout Camps etc. I'm working on a new
ScoutRadio web page at the present and I want to make it very clear that FRS
can be an integral component for most everything short-range, from
emergencies and land navigation, to logistics. It of course doesn't hurt
that the band is UHF-FM, utilizing PL notes for privacy, and very near to
our own 70cm. band.
Citizen Band, GMRS, Cell Phones, land lines and Amateur Radio in the hands
of a net control station at a large event, can't be beat.
Jon Pearl W4ABC
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From: "Bob Bruninga" <bruninga@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 2:26 PM
Subject: [scoutradio] RE: [REACT-L] An Idea
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> > > Alan - He may not realize why channels 7 and 9 are a bad choice.
> > And Alan may not realize why ch 7 & 9 MIGHT be a [good] choice...
> Everyone is making excellent points. And i think we all agree!
> Channel-1 is the universal calling channel. In isolated areas it is a
> perfect place to find other people hiking in the woods. In very busy
> areas it will be clobbered, but still a good starting place.
> Yes, we will add Channel-1 to our Bike Trail Pamphlets and indicate that
> it may be the best place to find help. Good point.
> But all of the reasons that CH-1 is good for this purpose is what drove us
> to choose CH-7 for use on the TRAIL and CH-9 for use in emergencies:
> a) Our trail's 14 miles is mostly through prime suburban areas. Kids
> playing on chanel 1 will be a nuisance all along the trail... Probably
> 80% of all radios sold to date are single channel 1's?
> b) We chose ch-7 for the trail, to avoid the noise. No, not everyone can
> come up on 7, unless they buy a 14 channel model, but the people who use
> the trail regularly and seriously are more than happy to make that
> c) We chose ch-9 for "emergencies" for 2 reasons, first to try to
> discourage its use for idle chit-chat, thus reserving it for higher
> priority use. and Second, to further reduce the idle chit-chat that the
> rangers would have to monitor since that is the only channel they will
> monitor due to the amount of traffic that will be on the others. If we
> dont make this distinction, then they probably will not monitor it...
> Further, ch-9 use is being MINIMIZED by this choice as an emergency
> channel, not maximized. THus it helps reduce any potential problem with
> wide-open GMRS repeaters...
> Thanks for you excellent feedback about channel 1. Clearly it should
> always be listed as a place to call for help where the greatest
> probability will be of being heard.
> de WB4APR, Bob Bruninga