Scott, Bruce, et al.:
Sounds as though the time is ripe to have this info published by ABA on a
state-by-state basis, like they publish all the rare bird alert numbers.
Thanks for your input. I'll be doing some more research but it does
sounds as though we should just choose a number and let others know what
We did buy Motorola 6310 sets which feature 14 channels, 38 codes, and a
vibration option for the ring to make us less obnoxious around birds or
birders. Not sure if that feature is worth the extra investment for
everyone but it was important for us!
On Wed, 28 Feb 2001 sselt@... wrote:
> Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 22:57:24 -0600
> From: sselt@...
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [CVBirds] 2-way radios?
> Alison, Bruce, et.al.:
> In some states birders with FRS radios have adopted a permanent frequency
> for use in the field. For example, Colorado birders all monitor Channel 2 -
> Privacy Code 2. [An homage to SB Dow.!] This means that if you arrive in
> a birding hot spot in Colorado [especially on a weekend], key your mike and
> ask if anyone is listening, there's a good chance that another birder will
> respond. I believe that in Missouri that many birders are on either 10 or
> 10-10. Getting all California birders to adopt a standard frequency might
> be impossible, but it would be easy to imagine certain clubs and/or
> locations picking a channel and sticking with it.
> I own 3 FRS radios [the extras are loaned out] and have used them
> extensively during the last year. I've actually found their use rather
> liberating in that I can bird by myself either on foot or by car and still
> stay connected to friends. And the radios can certainly enhance efficiency
> by allowing a group of birders to spread out and cover more territory. The
> only downside I've encountered is that when birding in a big group you will
> often have some "chatterboxes" who would rather talk than bird. In that
> case I often put the OFF switch to good use!
> Most of the brands I've been around are remarkably static-free and the
> line-of-sight range will often exceed two miles. In forest or in rough
> terrain the range drops considerably. I would recommend the more expensive
> models that have 14 channels plus the 38 codes; they're usually just $10 or
> $20 more and well worth worth the difference. The only location where I've
> encountered much unwanted "crosstalk" from members of the general public is
> at Monterey on a crowded holiday. Prices for some models have dropped by
> about 50% in the last year.
> Occasional CV Birder,
> Scott Seltman
> RR1 Box36
> Nekoma KS 67559
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