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Old 05-05-2016, 10:11 AM   #21
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Windows turned down and two good strong sets of lungs have always worked well for us.
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Old 05-05-2016, 10:56 AM   #22
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We use them on farm. On flat farm ground will go about 1-2 miles.

However.....new vehicles Bluetooth phones. So I plan on DW calling me and I talk to her over vehicle speakers while I back up.
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I use phones with Verizon but whatever I use I have found out don't yell at DW, it's not her fault it's my fault


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We use Midland radios and have great luck so far. We bought the Midland GXT860VP4 42-Channel GMRS with NOAA Weather Alert and 36-Mile Range. We don't use the Vox function or the ear pieces, so I can't rate them other than to say the ear pieces are pretty cheezy. The radios hold a charge for a LONG time and are very clear; we haven't checked the range, but you know it depends on the terrain. They are currently running about $55 at Amazon, but I am sure other places have them also.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:32 PM   #25
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Windows turned down and two good strong sets of lungs have always worked well for us.
LOL!
This is exactly the same method my brother and his wife use when parking their trailer. They are usually talking to each other again after an hour or so. They start out pretty good, but after about 3-4 exchanges they are not using quite the same tone, especially if parking is in a difficult spot. I have found that most people have difficulty in distinguishing between yelling to convey information and yelling because someone is upset. Walkies are SO much better.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:55 PM   #26
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It's my understanding that GMRS units require a license at $80/year.
It's a 5 year license. I paid for it because we use the radios a lot. It's literally the most pointless $80 I've ever spent. Massive waste of money. I had been using GMRS for years before I actually got a license. Now I've got a license, and while it might give me that warm-fuzzy feeling of "I'm legal", I never had an issue with it before I had the license. But then, I've also never needed to use insurance on my trailer, so...
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:12 PM   #27
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Our process

We have a process that works fairly well. We use cell phones to communicate.

I use the mirrors and cameras... DW waves her arms around frantically and screams "Oh God! Oh God!" into the cell phone.

Works great!
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You have to be careful when purchasing two-way radios. Some are programmable, but require licensing for the available frequencies.

We recently purchased an pair of Motorola radios that have a good feel and quality. They are quasi waterproof. They also have NOHA weather band frequencies that will alert you with emergency weather reports. That was a real plus feature.

This set comes with a double mini-USB cable with 115V wall charger. There is a two bay drop-in charger available at extra cost that may be a little more convenient. The USB can also be used for car chargers. Rechargeable battery packs are included, but they can also use 3 AA batteries.

The Motorolas can scan multiple channels or lock in on one channel. I believe channels 1-7 do no require a license. The range is up to 35 miles (probably an exaggeration). We have also purchased two mikes that plug in to the side of the radio @$20 ea. We will be doing a two-vehicle convoy for 1,700 miles and the hand mics will be a lot more convenient. According to reviews, they work great for that purpose, but the range is 1-2 miles. We will also use them for driver/spotter application and hunting.

Ebay reference below. Radios on ebay are $90, Amazon $80. Both have had a price change since my purchase. There is a yellow Motorola set that's cheaper, so be careful to compare like radios.

New Motorola MT350R FRS Weatherproof Two Way 35 Mile Radio Pack Orange 843677001426 | eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131798131279...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-1501-...V4485EC5B8JMQV
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We use a pair of Cobras we've owned for years. For us its a combination of these and hand waving.
We often camp outside of cell phone service. Also come in handy when friends are in the same campground, but not camped near us. I'll give them our second set.
When our kids were younger and camped with us, the second set came in handy to keep in touch when they were at the playground.
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visual recon on both the driver and the guide.
and a set of standards like left, right (yours or mine there is a difference) and STOP.
worse time ever was my first time backing a tow behind across a main road into our driveway.
DW was standing behind a tree further back in our yard and i could not see her nor could she me. (probably a good thing )
when i need to go left she was using hand signals which i couldn't see, when she said left i noticed she was facing away from me looking at the back of the trailer as it passed her.

her left meant my right.
just get on the same playing field with commands and keep a visual on each other and when she says Whoa Camel... well you get the idea.
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