If you would have read what he wrote, he said " they could
communicate anywhere in the 12 Sq Mi camp"
12 Sq Mi. is just under a 3.5x3.5 Mile area . ( if the camp
ground was square, ofcourse it could be like a 2x6 Mi area )
If it were 3.5Mi x 3.5Mi then lets say at the very edges of the
area they were no more then 4 Miles appart.. now, thats still
a long ways for .5w and a rubber duck, but thats shorter then
the 12 miles you're talking about
> There is no way that a 1/2 watt on UHF ( FRS ) with a stubby duck on
> flat ground
> and in the woods is ever going to go 12 miles .
> T.J. WD4NHH
> On Mon, 5 Jul 1999 18:05:04 -0400 (EDT) Bob Bruninga
> <bruninga@...> writes:
> >I can report my Kid's first experinece with FRS radios at Camp. I
> >him 4 FRS single channel radios ($29 on sale) and informed the Pack
> >that the leaders were welcome to use them in any way they could.
> >AN BOY did they! They took em everywhere and found they could
> >anywhere in the 12 Sq Mi camp. Everyone wants one. Amazing thing is
> >all four radios were still working perfectly when he came home. (One
> >showing the low battery LED), but it was still comunicating too. He
> >me they were turned ON before Breakfast and turned off at TAPS. Thats
> >hours a day for 6 days (plus we just used the same ones in our 4th of
> >parade today) and STILL the ORIGINAL SET of 4 AA cells! Thats over
> >operating hours each. (Probably much less than the 10% transmit ratio
> >assumed in their 40 to 60 hour estimates).
> >And, as I expected, they also wanted to know how to extend the range
> >Camp back to home. ANd of course, the answer is "HAM RADIO!"...
> >Circuit City has their 2-channel "VOX-BOX" radios on un advertized
> >for $29 each ($59 a pair). I also found similar models at Circuit
> >for $59 a pair. These were "Whistler" models and were the 4 we had at
> >camp. THus, you can always find em on sale for $29 if you look or
> >The 14 channel ones and CTCSS ones still cost more. But for kids, I
> >woiuldnt pay more than $29.
> >Also, at the 4th of July fireworks, I had my Kenwood dual band HT and
> >an FRS. Never could find a simplex QSO on 2m or 440, (Maybe a million
> >people on teh Baltimore Waterfront) but found lots of activity and fun
> >being had on most of the FRS channels. So far, no garbage or CB
> >Just families and boaters.
> >I konw this is Blasphemy for Amateur radio, but we must face the fact
> >it is today's "Starter radio"... we need to gather them in and lead
> >in good radio etiquite and eventually to Ham Radio...
> >bob, WB4APR