Short range radio communications have some major advantages at times. First the radios used are often much more functional and rugged for general use than a cell phone and besides the initial purchase price and the cost of keeping up the batteries, they are less expensive than a cell phone. When cells won’t work, your short range radios probably still will.
The MURS system allows civilian users to have a radio network that does not require any special certifications or licenses to get. There is little wonder to the fact that there are a lot of choices for radios.
Backdoor Survival has compiled this list of MURS radios in a variety of price ranges. and some things that are helpful when getting started in the world of radio communications.
Frequencies Dedicated to MURS
- 151.820 MHz (11.25 kHz)
- 151.880 MHz (11.25 kHz)
- 151.940 MHz (11.25 kHz)
- 154.570 MHz (20.00 kHz)
- 154.600 MHz (20.00 kHz)
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There is no age limit to use the MURS system in any way. You are however limited to a transmitter power output of 2 watts. Anything above this is technically an FCC violation.
Practice Using Them
It is easy to put a radio away and forget about it until you really need it. Get out and use your radio a bit so that you are proficient in all its functions. This can be a lot of fun actually. Taking them on an overnight camping trip could make for a good practice adventure.
Others Are Listening
It is important to realize that this is an open system. Others that have their radios on can hear what you are saying so don’t say anything you don’t want a lot of people to know.
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Of course, since there is so little privacy anymore, especially when it comes to communications, this should be something you are used to by now!
Creating Your Own Code & System
There is nothing to stop you from creating your own speaking codes or similar. You also need to consider just how many radios you actually need to have good communications with your group or family. You can save quite a bit by purchasing multiple radios.
Every Day Uses
Some of you may be living off grid or farming some acreage. Around a larger property, radio communications can make a lot of sense. There is a reason why so many grounds crews and others still use radios instead of relying entirely on cell phones.