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Old 12-10-2008, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any one use 2 way radios out on the mountains? Does altitude affect the radio's range? I'm assuming these radios are normally used during ground level. I'm planning on picking up a 32 KM radio for tremblant. I rather not bring the cell phone.

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So what your saying is that you don't snowbaord on the ground?
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I believe the theory is "line of sight" between radios the better reception....therefore ususally the higher up the better reception unless one radio is blocked some mtn feature.
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So what your saying is that you don't snowbaord on the ground?
I snowboard in space.
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Even if riding alone, it is`nt a bad idea to carry one. If you get hurt in the trees for example, you might not be seen by passers by, Grab the radio and hopefully you have a scan feature to lock onto someone`s conversation. Break and in tell them you have an emergency. I have seen people get help fast this way.
I never thought about this way. I always thought of radios being a way to communicate with family and friends on trips.

In Canada we do not have to register or pay for GMRS so maybe range would be a lot better than FRS
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Whatever one's you get, make sure it has sub-channels so you can avoid the interference of other people on your channel...makes a world of difference
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These radios work pretty well for a resort area. The high up you are, the better the range. FM is line of sight so a ridge, hill or even a building can block the signal. Take the stated range and divide by 2 for a realistic range. These can be a good safety tool as well. At Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Patrol monitors Channel 9 on these FRS radios. Even if riding alone, it is`nt a bad idea to carry one. If you get hurt in the trees for example, you might not be seen by passers by, Grab the radio and hopefully you have a scan feature to lock onto someone`s conversation. Break and in tell them you have an emergency. I have seen people get help fast this way.
Thats actually a very good idea, I never would've thought about this use for them before. I often ride by myself and have no issues hitting up double blacks by my lonesome. If I have an emergency this could be a potential life saver.

I just looked at the Moto TalkAbouts. Anyone have any experience using these?
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