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    Default New Member with Questions

    Yeah everyone, I'm posting here just because the "introduction" sections oftentimes don't see a lot of action and I had a few questions I was hoping could be answered. I'm a new member here and not licensed. I have been doing a lot of amateur radio research lately and I have a somewhat unique situation that I'm hoping everyone could assist me with. I'm looking for a handheld radio (or radios) to accomplish some very specific things.

    Number 1 priority is having a strictly emergency use only handheld. I own a remote property where I do not receive any cell phone signal at all. My property is approximately 100 acres of wooded land that I use strictly for hunting. I regularly go out to the property by myself to do all kinds of work, plus hunting. I've been thinking that in the event of an emergency, I have no way of contacting anyone for help. I was thinking about a handheld radio, probably a HAM, that I could take with me and carry on my belt just in the event of an emergency to contact someone for me. If I fell out of a tree stand, if I had a hunting injury, if I cut myself badly using a chainsaw, if I had an ATV accident, the list goes on and on. Now from what I have read, it would be acceptable to broad on a HAM radio in the event of an emergency. I have looked at RepeaterBook and there is a repeater tower about 5 to 8 miles from my hunting property. My property is located in a very rural and sparely populated county, so I was also thinking in the event of a true emergency, if I could broadcast on the county sheriff's department frequency and county ambulance service frequency, that would be fine to. Please understand, I don't have any interest in becoming a licensed operator. And if I'm in a true emergency situation, even if I got in trouble for broadcasting on a law enforcement or EMS frequency, I would gladly take the punishment if it meant getting someone to help me. I'd just be saying my name, my injury, my location, etc. Again, please understand that this would ONLY be used in the case of a true emergency where I could not get myself back to my truck and drive to the closest house to get a landline phone.

    Number 2 priority is having a few handheld radios to use for person to person (simples I believe is what it's called) communication. I'd like to have something better quality than the blister pack FRS radios that you get just about anywhere. These would be used for myself, my wife, and our 5 year old son to use around that same hunting property because in the spring and summer, we do a lot of hiking and ATV riding on the property. It would be nice to feel like everyone has a radio in case we go separated. Second is that we do a lot of group ATV and UTV riding around the county on gravel roads and trails. So having some radios that I could pass out among the group if we got separated or if someone had a break down and fell behind, we could keep in communication with each other. The terrain is hilly and wooded with very few houses or structures.

    So those are my two scenarios that I need help with. If I can accomplish 1 and 2 both with one radio, then great! If not, then I want to take care of priority 1 first and then work on priority 2. At this point, I'm all ears and I'm trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible. Thanks in advance!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    With my wife


    The proper response to number 1 is don't go alone. Period. Ever. Chances are you will have bled out from a chainsaw injury before help arrives, a partner can help staunch the flow of blood till help arrives. That's how its done in the boonies for real.
    A handheld radio on the ham bands isn't going to help in that situation for a number of reasons, mainly because the chance of someone hearing your distress call is pretty low even if you have an excellent signal into a repeater. VHF repeaters are like a ghost town in most areas, not sure about yours but chances are its like that where you are too.

    Number 2, look into GMRS. No testing, better than a blister pack FRS. Simplex is point to point one at a time where duplex is point to point simultaneous, like a phone.

    Hope that steers you in a useful direction since you indicated a reluctance to become a licensed operator. Too bad, because the license is easy to get and lasts 10 years.

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