Two-way Radio Information

Updated January 6, 2019

To ensure that members can communicate with the cruise leader and each other especially in case of any problem or getting lost or delayed, we use hand held two-way radios for our cruises and events. Members use Cobra, Midland or other brands of radios. They can be obtained for a reasonable cost at such retailers as Best Buy, Amazon or other retailers or on line. 

 

In the past, we used channel 10-10 which transmitted at 0.5 watts.

NOTE: Effective in 2019 we will set our radios up for channel 5-10 which transmits at 2 watts giving us better coverage. 

 

Be sure to read Kris K.'s write-up on the details on this in the file below.

Kris K.'s write-up of 1/6/19 on our two-way radio usage channel change.
radio changes.pdf
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Don't forget to make sure the radios are fully charged prior to an eventAlso, be sure that any voice activation (VOX) feature on your units is disabled so that you must "push-to'talk".

For equipment recommendations, see members' comments below.

 

Input from Mike W. (8/22/15).

Many of our members have asked for my recommendation for purchasing 2-way radios. I have the Midland LXT600 which works very well.  It has good sound and voice transmission.
http://www.amazon.com/Midland-LXT600VP3-36-Channel-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B007B5ZR4G/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&srs=2529905011&ie=UTF8&qid=1440244373&sr=1-1&keywords=midland+lxt+600
I also purchased the optional headset which I found to be very convenient.  It is especially useful when driving a convertible.  You can hear all voice transmission even with all the wind buffeting.  
http://www.amazon.com/Midland-AVP-1-Headset-2-Way-Radios/dp/B00008JOMD/ref=pd_sim_422_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0YHY4DNG5J5FBKAVCA4W

 

Input from Kris K (1/6/19):

It is well to purchase an ear bud with the radios especially if you plan to cruise with your top down or off. Here is a link to an ear bud recommended by member Kris K.