Greetings everyone. Thank you for your informative posts and Danny, thank you for a great forum.
I’ve been reading these boards looking for an analogous need/situation, but I figured I’d post to the group because none of the threads I’ve read really deal with my “needs” scenario.
I live in Miami, FL and have lived through Hurricanes Andrew (Cat 5, 1992), Katrina (Cat 1, 2005) and Wilma (Cat 1 or 2, 2005) and yesterday’s power outage.
In preparation for 2008’s Hurricane season as well as for other uses (around the neighborhood/cruises/theme park trips), I’d like to add a set of 2-way radios to my Emergency Kit. One for me and one for my wife, so we can communicate, while I clean up debris and start repairs or help neighbors do the same after a storm.
My research on this board and Amazon has shown that in an urban setting, I can’t expect more than .5 miles to maybe a mile with FRS/GMRS radios. The furthest I’d have to communicate would be my wife’s office (she works in the medical profession) is .84 miles from our house. The other closest family is 4 miles away, so no FRS/GMRS would work.
My query to the group is:
If you were making this decision would you go with either the:
I’m leaning towards the TSX-300 after reading both the reviews here and Popular Communications and because of the digital signal and non-congestion issue. There are so many FRS/GMRS radios in this town that I can only imagine after a storm they’d be all on up. I imagine that the radio traffic in Miami would be high especially and after a storm/emergency as I’m sure others will be using their comms gear too, but I’d like to get a “group think” thought process on this.
I appreciate all of your time and suggestions. Thank you.