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Haunted Nashville
08-06-2008, 10:09 PM
We need to upgrade our communication between security and staff with a better quality radio. What does everyone use and where do you purchase them from?


Haunted Nashville
08-07-2008, 10:11 PM
Does nobody use good quality 2 way radios?

08-08-2008, 06:04 AM
I think that Motorola would be the standard bearer in communications. We use Moto business band radios at our haunt. There are three main categories that you would be looking at:

FRS or Family Radio Service. There are unlicensed, 14 channel low-power units. You probably will not be able to find these anymore.

GMRS/FRS is what you typically see in the stores. These are 22 channel (7 FRS, 7 GMRS/FRS, and 7 GMRS), higher power units. The 14 GMRS channels technically require a license although I am not sure how much enforement of this occurs anymore. These are good walkies for outdoor uses and the higher end can be used indoors as long as there are not too many walls the signal needs to travel through.

Business Band radios are the like the walkies you will see public servants carrying. There are too many variants to go into here but they are higher power and much longer range. They are available in VHF and UHF frequencies and are much more closely licensed. Licensing is just a matter of paying some money and having the licensing agency assign you a frequency. This is done so businesses within an area are not interefering with each other.