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Communications in Overlanding: Proven - Gear & Tactics

Apr 24, 2022
Welcome to Tested in this episode we are talking about

proven

effective

communications

that the Overland expedition has been through in our 10 years almost 10 years of field operation so let's start with the number one

communications

radio in the world and that is this at least here in the states and that's cb radio now cb radio works fine for quick drives you and your friend when you are within three feet of each other is ok i represent my cb radio here since i don't i have one is this cardboard box and i really think a cb radio is just as effective as a cardboard box so let's talk about something that really has potential and a terrestrial environment now in general i believe in a multi level communication system cell phone inReach radio or satellite communication satellite phone I think all of those have a place now depending on the situation on the trip and what you are doing not all of those are required as a minimum to have a ph cell a secondary if you're just going out and need to communicate with friends a gmrs radio or a FRS radio like a Motorola that was talked about or equivalent something like this would be the next thing we would have and we have used these in the past we started with these things and then we went to this and that and went back to using portables for a while of this variety this is a midland radio they have a lot of things going right now when it comes to a push in the landing market it's great but if you want to go further i mean they are consumers that's good they're cheap they're effective but if you want a good thing start migrating their way to the network now this is the radio is a vertex we got i think the rugged radios communicate back in the day we programmed them for gmrs radios and these were phenomenal they had really good charging cradles that would withstand all the rigorous offroading you know when sitting on their chargers I love it They put these radios together super simple 1 to 16 channels I think you got 1 to 16 super clear very hard I highly recommend a radio like this now if you want to get up on features on the GM RS and FRS side and will be posting links below to understand what gmrs and FRS is.
communications in overlanding proven   gear tactics
We are lenders. We can educate ourselves a little more and go read about it. Next up would be the Garmin Rhinos. I have now run rhinos for almost 10 years. They are unbelievably. Handy, they have the ability to talk rhino to rhino and broadcast locations as you speak. You can also ping another Rhino and find out where that location is. or other people who have other types of gmrs or FRS radios they all talk but if you have a Rhino and another Rhino they talk specifically to each other and broadcast each other's locations which is pretty good on the GPS unit so this is a great feature to have someone is going to go off and leave camp they are going on a day hike or going into town and you guys are going to split up real good look at those guys the garmin rhino now gmrs requires a family license license we have one here on the overland expedition with my family the Crofts do it and it's easy you just pay for it they are a great way to get into radios it's five watts you know like half a watt to two watts and then if you go up to some of the better ones that broadcast a full five watts now gmrs radios also come in a mobile this one we also got from rugged radios quiet it has a 40 watt radio just puts more power now something else to consider and v come back to my CB rant is if you're going to put a CB it takes as much work to put a CB as it does a gmrs radio it's the same process head unit main body on head unit one antenna cable a power cable and an antenna and an antenna mount that's what you need to put a radio in a truck the same with a CB so if I'm going to spend the money these are pretty much equivalent you can find the equivalent of a CB on this and these work much better 40 watts compared to the 5 watts max on a CB radio check gmrs radios now if you are willing and able to make the jump it would cross the line to a 2 meter ham radio, the radio amateur comes with their own set of restrictions, you need a license, there are various degrees of license, but your general technician license is fairly easy to obtain. to be able to study for mine in a couple of weeks go take a 15 dollar road test at the time and i walked out of there with a callsign we have here at overland expedition i migrated mostly to the 2 meter radii because we are trying to push the limits on our communications our head units are capable of transmitting telemetry our GPS data heading speed altitude things that have come into play especially in this last year we have been flying and driving at the same time as we talk and communicate with each other and these two the radios in particular with d-star they were able to update our positions and see everyone's telemetry on the head units, there's this cheap ebo stuff that's already a bit controversial, we've used it for a while, frankly not worth it. time we don't buy them anymore they just break for the average user something like this in the 35-45 dollar price range something like that on amazon this gets you in the game but if you're going to be operating on what do you need have a license these two have half a watt to five watts of power so they say let's put it that way you can also get into programmable radios on two meters which is pretty handy you can set up your own programming stuff but you have to have software and cables and usually you have to find a friend who is really good at these things to program this very thing with this version; however on the gmrs side we use rugged radios and just ask them to program it from the website and came programmed us then never touched them again and these two were programmed together so they always talk its a good solution Looking at this lineup, it's the cheapest, the most expensive we have, the cheapest is the bow thing. $100 $150 radio I know the name of this isn't even on it it's the equivalent of saying like a silly tone or something and then we move on to this full year Ikon ID 50 100 s or excuse me ID 51 this is the 5100 a head unit so these two are brother and sister whatever you do i would highly recommend a base unit in your truck for 40 to 50 watts more power more range more distance more clarity its really good and if you have multiple trucks with all these better if You're going to run a head unit, you need to have a handheld radio because you're inevitably going to end up buying one, you might go for one of these or whatever, but you're going to be coordinating between let's say a spotter and the driver have someone run out and get something.
communications in overlanding proven   gear tactics

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Comes back. You are sitting in the truck. It's really nice to have it in tandem. They go hand in hand together. constantly and I can tell you when it comes to convoy safety and working together in traffic that quite frankly driving is probably the most dangerous thing we lenders do on any given day. I can attest that they have avoided multiple accidents over the years when traveling From Alaska to Argentina, these are essential pieces of equipment wherever you are on the line, make sure you get one. I'm just saying you must have one. You must learn to operate a radio. with a radio let's talk a little more about 2 meter radios why we like to use them 2 meter radios in the hem world you have a wide range of repeaters throughout the country and the world if you know an area you go to for be operating you can look at a repeater view dial in repeater view and be able to talk for hundreds of miles sometimes I think my longest time is 200 miles vehicle to vehicle through a repeater view which its amazing power at your fingertips if you already know how to use it there are a few gmrs repeaters out there but they are a bit few and far between and i personally have never really done too much research because i knew i wanted to go on the 2 meter side of hand meter ham digital has its advantages over analog it's usually very very clear until it's not you fall off analog you can hear the audio quality may not be as good as it could be through the digital, but pu You can hear it more because you don't have to send a digital packet within the radio transmission that D is decoded it's a direct analog signal that you're listening to and you can turn off the squelch completely and listen through the fuzz and here's somebody out here So, if you have to, what we've done on our trucks is if we're separate from each other and we need to keep track of each other.
communications in overlanding proven   gear tactics
We run digital if we're running around the clock and it's car-to-car. a lot of times we'll be running analog if we're using pilots in the air and trucks on the ground, we're all running digital for teams that are in the air because we're transmitting digital packets and their telemetry heading speed altitude distance from this unit etc and we'll be using the analog for ground to ground communications there's a lot of options that come with that stuff it's priced we've invested a lot to get this technology and for the most part it works it's technology so that's my two cents on what works for us systems tested select what works for you and see you next time on Blu ray tested Nate DoD got Rufio x3 and Sampson alpha Bravo Gavea defined with x3 within an empathetic Nordic work day
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