Thread: Radios needed for kids' camp
02-15-2010, 09:19 AM #1
Radios needed for kids' camp
My niece has friends affiliated with Indian Summer Camp, a camp in Nicholasville, Kentucky for kids with chronic illnesses. They are in need of 10 handheld radios with a range of at least two miles. I assume they don't have an FCC frequency, so they probably would only be able to use the public-access spectrum, event-type radios.
If you know where they could get their hands on some working units, PM me. Thanks.“I am more than just a serious basketball fan. I am a life-long addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.”
― Hunter S. Thompson
02-15-2010, 09:43 AM #2
I'm assuming there is a very limited budget for this. My suggestion would be surf ebay for people selling bulk amounts of VHF MT1000, HT1000, or similar. These are older radios that many municipalities are retiring and auctioning off in bulk for cheap. Usually they come with gang chargers and all the accessories.
I suggest VHF because you program MURS channels in there without a license, and you can put the NOAA weather channels in as well since it is a summer camp. There is no free spectrum in UHF and you're range outdoors will probably be a little better with VHF.Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.
02-15-2010, 09:57 AM #3
Thanks nm. I think their budget is zero.“I am more than just a serious basketball fan. I am a life-long addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.”
― Hunter S. Thompson
02-15-2010, 11:00 AM #4
What about those radios families use to keep in contact with each other at malls, beaches, theme parks etc. I think they have a two or three mile range.Stay Safe and Well Out There....
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02-15-2010, 05:28 PM #5
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Have them contact their local Fire, Police, local EMA and Sheriff's depts. A lot of times they'll have old radios for "back-up" and might be able to loan them to them for the duration of the summer camp.
Also, check with any local National Guard, Reserve or even active duty military units. Especially National Guard might have some they can loan.
02-15-2010, 05:49 PM #6
theres places that rent radios usually are pretty reasonable. otherwise id say ebay, even a Motorola p1225 are decent radios. I use one at the race track and get good range on the UHF band.
02-15-2010, 09:38 PM #7
I would go to Walmart and get them to donate a 5-10 packs of FRS radios. Rechargeable ones. No license, and no worries about the narrowbanding coming.
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