As with any radio service, it's only as useful as its general adoption rate – i.e. whether it's Ham, CB, FRS, or GMRS, a transceiver only provides value if there's someone within your transmitting range on the same service.I know some of us talked about Ham in here before - but is anyone in the know for GMRS? It’s simplicity compared to Ham & the bonus you can communicate with FRS radios on some frequencies, no test - just the FCC licensing fee - all makes it really appealing. Like someone said earlier, the most you will need the Ham is in a SHTF scenario - like you have 4 flat tires. My thinking is that if that happened to me, I would just consult the maps & either head for pavement or higher elevation on foot until I get cell service. If it’s a medical emergency, I have a PLB that years ago when I was on the Appalachian Trail, my parents got it for me. That was a time before smartphones. I have to send it off to get new batteries every 5 years & it’s been replaced with a newer model once. I always have it in my go-bag that is always w/ me. You pull the safety pin & hold the trigger for 5 seconds & it transmits for 35 hours that pinpoints your position anywhere on the planet & also transmits a homing signal for when help arrives in the area.
Okay... someone talk me out of the usefulness of GMRS now.
Somebody has to raise the next generation of trail riders!Hey everyone I just want to take a moment and thank all the guys who have been keeping our group meet ups and trip going while I am still grounded with an infant.
When I spoke with Michael, and Corrie at last year’s Overland Expo East I was frustrated with the lack of consistency in turn out but you guys have really started a community of awesome people.
Here’s to keeping this going and my son getting old enough to come along!