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Old 06-09-2014, 7:32 AM
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...what one can do with a couple of watts and a beam antenna.
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Now I am getting kids playing cop on channel 1.
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We don't get much around here, but listen someplace like the lakefront in Chicago, near the parks. WOW! Jam city.
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Yep, around every break. If people were smart, and manufacturers still made them, they would buy their kids the 14 channel FRS only radios. I bought a couple of old Motorolas for my step daughter and her daughter. I know you can hear them clearly at my house, but not for more than a few blocks. The little kids get on and talk nonsense but they don't interfere very far. Also, I turned off all the call button sounds. That just irritates the hell out of me when a retard of any age likes to make noise.
With all the FRS clutter these days, you're almost better going back to CB frequencies. A small handheld ... so few people use it anymore. Another viable alternative is the 'TriSquare eXRSs' radios.
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TriSquare went out of business just after I bought my first set and decided it was a good alternative to FRS. Once is a great while I can find a set collecting dust on a store shelf. The other thing I have gone to is the direct talk function on old nextel phones.
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Good call on the Nextel phones. Yeah I picked up four of the TriSquare Radios back in '08. Too bad they didn't/couldn't keep going and expand on their low-cost solution. Still see some for sale on eBay from time to time. The DSP algorithm for voice encoding/compression leaves a little something to be desired, but hey they work, are (were) inexpensive, and are relatively private.

I'd of suggested the Moto DTR line of FHSS radios but at around $250 a pop, minimum, it's a stretch. And unfortunately (bad call on Motorola's part) you cannot change the hopping sequence of the channels unless you hack the radio. Anyone with the same model Moto can hear/interfere on your channel. So at three times the price, they're not as private as the TriSquares.
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Today is actully quiet on the FRS. That is a first for where I live.
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We've got 4 of the TriSquares. Work wonders on cruise ships and inside hotels. Was all over Magic Kingdom.. never lost a word. They remain our primary mode of family communication. If they ever fail, it will be a sad day. Hopefully someone else fills the void someday. The Motos are far too cost prohibitive; but at least there is an option, should we go that route.
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Hello I wanted to know if people notice that the FRS has a ton load of kids on it in the summer because of their break. Does anybody else notice this?
This is OLD news tony, this happens every year when school lets out for the season.

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First what is a Wavecomm? Second I dont think kids should be using commerial radio equpment.
Tony, that's SARCASM, he wasn't being serious. You don't get out much do you??

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This is OLD news tony, this happens every year when school lets out for the season.

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MTS, there us plenty of activity on gmrs repeaters in GA. The six hundred machine us busy in my area. They like to slam hams.
I've never understood this. GMRS is the most limited, structured personal radio service. Limited to power, antenna height, equipment one can legally use, and even the distance you can lawfully communicate- yet there are some elitists who think it is SO cool they can use a repeater on a hill to talk.

With ham radio, we can legally run up to 1.5Kw on dozens of modes (including digital voice, which you CANNOT use on GMRS), interconnected repeaters (again, not permitted by current rules), pretty much use any equipment you wish (is the horse dead yet? Can't do that on GMRS) even stuff you build yourself, and yet I've heard those guys your refer to and just laugh. Especially since a few also have ham tickets.

I finally got around to getting my General after 26 years as a tech, and 5 prior as a Novice. Been playing on 20m and 10m loading up a rain gutter. I kid you not. Talked to a ham in CA yesterday off that. Plan on having my Extra before the summer is over.

Other than the pin dropping on VHF/UHF around here, HF is bustling with activity. Get bored? Thought I'd never say this: go lower on the dial!
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Tony, that's SARCASM, he wasn't being serious. You don't get out much do you??

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Well I did get out much when I went to school but since I am not in school I didnt catch that .
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We've got 4 of the TriSquares. Work wonders on cruise ships and inside hotels. Was all over Magic Kingdom.. never lost a word. They remain our primary mode of family communication. If they ever fail, it will be a sad day. Hopefully someone else fills the void someday. The Motos are far too cost prohibitive; but at least there is an option, should we go that route.
I've seen them going on eBay for around $150 a pair. Some are still in the plastic, some used but with a few extras, such as here:

Trisquare TSX300 Grab-N-Go Two Way Radio Kit

At that price point, and for the privacy and non-interference you get, it may still be worth it. And not to seem like I'm theorizing in "conspiratorial" matters, but I do have my suspicions as to why these great little radios just seemed to up and vanish. They always work well for me, even when doing a head-to-head review with the Moto DTR 410s. I've gotten over 1 mile with them Line of Sight. If someone doesn't fill the void it will be a curious thing indeed.
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One thing I'm seeing more is people buying old two ways and throwing them on the frs gmrs.
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I've seen law enf utilize frs and murs allot for close comms and schools for side chat nothing sensitive. Schools mostly custodians and staff basic day functions.
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One time on channel 16 I heard the WORST language/conversation I had heard in a long time (18 year olds). I couldn't resist, so I got my gmrs out of my truck... I hit the "annoy button"... immediately a voice that says "OHH! whats that! the company must have tapped the walkie-talkies, all radios off now!". I guess they must have thought that would reset the "tap"... It gave me an idea... A minute later when they got back on. I told them I was from the FCC (something they had never dreamed of existed) and they would have to stop talking so bad cause it was illegal.

This shook them up considerably. The leader then said "everyone go to channel 17 NOW!"... I saw through it... When I came on channel 17 and announced my presence, they were again confounded. I told them that they needed a license to operate, told them which channels were legal to use, and told them they shouldn't cuss with the caliber that they had been.

They figured out a way to trick me. The leader says "I will text everyone the channel". He does so... It took my scanner less than a second to figure out that they were on channel 21 (I forgot the pl) They started talking about the dirtiest subjects again.

I pop back in. The go NUTS!.. I obviously must be from the government because how else could I figure out the channel?! I told them I was triangulating their position.

This went on like this for almost an hour and a half before I gat bored. I eventually did get them on channel 14 though.
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One time on channel 16 I heard the WORST language/conversation I had heard in a long time (18 year olds). I couldn't resist, so I got my gmrs out of my truck... I hit the "annoy button"... immediately a voice that says "OHH! whats that! the company must have tapped the walkie-talkies, all radios off now!". I guess they must have thought that would reset the "tap"... It gave me an idea... A minute later when they got back on. I told them I was from the FCC (something they had never dreamed of existed) and they would have to stop talking so bad cause it was illegal.

This shook them up considerably. The leader then said "everyone go to channel 17 NOW!"... I saw through it... When I came on channel 17 and announced my presence, they were again confounded. I told them that they needed a license to operate, told them which channels were legal to use, and told them they shouldn't cuss with the caliber that they had been.

They figured out a way to trick me. The leader says "I will text everyone the channel". He does so... It took my scanner less than a second to figure out that they were on channel 21 (I forgot the pl) They started talking about the dirtiest subjects again.

I pop back in. The go NUTS!.. I obviously must be from the government because how else could I figure out the channel?! I told them I was triangulating their position.

This went on like this for almost an hour and a half before I gat bored. I eventually did get them on channel 14 though.
Now that is funny!!!
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Yea, one time I heard a surveillance operation using GMRS simplex. Not FRS 1-14. GMRS, although I don't recall exactly which channel.
I don't know if they were law enforcement or private investigators, but they were folllowing some guy in a vehicle. I was out running errands at the time, and I was basically right in the middle of their operation, until the person being followed pulled into a grocery store parking lot, followed by those conducting the surveillance, and I kept going.
I was listening on a scanner, not a GMRS radio, so no, I didn't break in.

As for anything else, there's a care home or two within about 3/4 of a mile that have used FRS for housekeeeping and the like. I haven't done much listening in awhile, so I don't know exactly how much or what kind of useage there is in my neighborhood.

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One time on channel 16 I heard the WORST language/conversation I had heard in a long time (18 year olds).
I couldn't resist, so I got my gmrs out of my truck...
I just couldn't resist either.

To clarify, you copy unidentified stations on GMRS using profanity.
You unlawfully contact these unidentified stations posing as a Federal Agency.
You then advise them of the legalities of operation...

As Ricky Ricardo would say shaking his head... Ay! Ay! Ay!
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