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radioguy7781

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I Have a Question.

Me And A Friend Live 9 Miles Apart, But Would Like To Keep Contact.

Any Suggestions?
 

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FRS won't do the distance. GMRS: terrain, antenna height, urban/suburban/rural, are a few of the very basic questions to be answered. Add in the cost of equipment and licensing, and it might be cheaper to get a pair of flip phones.

Look through the many messages here and you'll see many discussions similar to your question. HTH.
 

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You have quite a few options, but it's kinda hard to give more info with the limited info you've given us.


Is there cell service there?

What is the terrain like?

There are CB base stations with rediculous antenna arrays, that might work.

GMRS might work, if it's completely flat as a pool table, but not likely.

GMRS with a repeater would prolly work.

The two of you getting you amateur radio license would work, if you could access an existing repeating, or install your own, or just use 50w mobiles and good antenna's.

Getting an FCC commercial license, and setting up you own repeater and base station system would work, although I don't know if the FCC requires you to have a bona fide business to qualify for one.

Any of these ideas, besides Citizens Band, will require an FCC license.







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I would maybe try MURS. That would probably be the easiest thing to try without having to get a license or anything. But you would definitely want a good outdoor antenna setup. Or you could also try CB, which would also be easy. But once again, the antenna will make all the difference.
 

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if you have computer hook ups, internet etc, try OOVOO or ECHOLINK. OOVOO can be resident so you wioll get an alert that you are getting a call, or if your gone, you will get a message on return that you had a call. With what ever radio system, as soon as you leave the house, you may be out of range, the computer, at home is always in range. As stated, a ham license, which is not hartd to get, would be an option. Radio systems will cost, the computer if you already have one will not be a cost.
 

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Both of you running a CB with a base antenna will cover that not problem at all. As someone else posted MURS with a base antenna should be no problem either.
 

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MURS limits you to 2 watt radios. So by the time you put up an antenna, say 20 feet, you are going to be lucky to get 1 watt out. That cound be too little depending on your antenna gain and terrain.

I haven't listened to CB frequencies in years, but I would lean towards a couple of CB's with directional antennas. That should work with little investment.
 
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