Tuesday, August 14, 2007

FM Wilderness Radio Protocol

I am a ham radio operator and have been for quite a few years. Since the inception of this site it has been my intention to eventually phase amateur radio in for the occasional article, because it is an interest of mine and because it is a very useful communications medium for the beyond-the-crowds and even beyond the pavement travels and lifestyles that this site is about.
I don't know about you, but I spend quite a bit of time in areas that have no cellphone coverage and even if that were not so, I like to have a communications medium that is not dependent on grids and monthly payments.
With all that in mind, I am going to start with a link to an article that has relevance to all amateur radio operators because, even though all Morse code testing requirements have been removed in the US, still not all hams have gotten around to upgrading. Besides that, the radios I am talking about are generally the most affordable, most compact, require only very small antennas, and are really the most all-around useful radios for the purpose anyway.
I am talking, of course, about the ubiquitous HT, small hand-held FM walkie-talkies that are primarily for the 2-meter band. And I am talking about the FM Wilderness Radio Protocol, which this article[Link] describes. So check out the article, then come back and let me know what you think. Non-hams are welcome to comment on the article too; and I'll be glad to answer any questions anyone may have.

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