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Old 12-29-2016, 03:23 PM
K6CPO K6CPO is offline
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Originally Posted by tburt View Post
hi everyone
just like to hear peoples thoughts
on Scout camps that have activities such as biking and orieentering i split kids up into groups giving them 1 or 2 477 uhf radios per group to communticate keep in touch and for safety. kids can end up 10 plus km away.
me and other leaders have 5 watt handheld and 5 watt base units in 4wds
but as no's of kids have growen ild like to get more hand held radios.
if i brought sets of 0.5watt radios linking with the 5 watts would we still be able to communicate to 10km as 0.5wats usaully go 1-3km, but im hoping the 5 watts will pick it up and be able to send to the 0.5s
i no this is affected by terrain etc but in general terms ild like to know
dont want to use reapeters as no one wants to hear us take over the airway
just trying to keep costs down if could as can get 4 packs of uniden 0.5 radios for just over $100, so not a major if kids break loose them etc
otherwise ill have to go more powerfull.
Are these US Boy Scouts?

If so, there is a radio merit badge that the scouts can obtain and if they go on and get their US amateur radio license, there is a tab they can wear on their uniforms.

This might be a way to get them interested in ham radio, with the added benefit that you can have better communications in your other activities.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:20 PM
jwilkers jwilkers is offline
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The OP is in New Zealand. I know in Australia, there are CB repeaters.. but by regulation they MUST be open repeaters. No private systems at all.

I'm unsure about the NZ regulations and how they apply to this. I do believe their UHF CB services are identical though.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:14 AM
tburt tburt is offline
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Default Re: kids and radios

nz and aus pretty much run a identical system for uhf

nz scouts ill look into what if any badges they have for radio communication.
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