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  1. #1

    Apr 2006
    Massachusetts
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    Best emergency radio?

    Hi ya'all. I go to remote wilderness areas in Northern New England. I can't get any service for my cell phone in these remote areas. So I'm thinking I had better get some kind of emergency radio, just in case I run into trouble, and need to contact civilization.
    Is an emergency radio the best way to go with this? If so, what kind of radio should I look for? I'm on foot a lot in the woods, so I think a hand held unit would be advisable. All ideas and recommendations are welcome. Happy TH'ing this year. Kevin

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    Jan 2008
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    I don't know a radio per say, but I have seen a small emergency GPS unit that sends out a homing beacon when needed. I pack a small emergency kit when I'm going alone. Tim

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    Nov 2006
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    why dont ya take a huntin buddy I am avaible on certin days and some saturdays email me or message me
    thanks from Bill
    I love metal detecting and collecting artifacts & preserving the past for the future. I espically like finding treasures of the past with my Garrett Ace 250 also I like restoring old antique phonographs crank style and ofcourse old tubed radios.

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    Jan 2005
    Rocky Mountains
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rd2nowr
    I don't know a radio per say, but I have seen a small emergency GPS unit that sends out a homing beacon when needed. I pack a small emergency kit when I'm going alone. Tim
    I just looked at some cell phones which also send GPS data if you can dial a 911 in your area. Police can trace location of most newer cellphones.

    But I'd like to know if a more reliable device is better. Two-way radio, emergency transmitter or beacon or something. If anyone can point us in the right direction it would be appreciated. I do carry a Garmin GPS so I could relay coordinates to someone but how would I call them? Thanks and HH.
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Check with 'OnStar'.

  7. #6
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    Jun 2005
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Check into satelite phones.

  8. #7
    us
    Nov 2003
    warwick ny earth
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    you may want to check out an amateur radio forum.ham license on 2 meters,maybe they have a contactable
    local repeater.or may have info on non license emergency frequencies.or vhf marine radios?
    on the cheap a c.b. walkie talkie hooked up to a 1/4 wave dipole strung between two tree's,but not reliable(depends who or if anyone is listening).

    just a couple of thoughts.
    I am a landfill of ideas

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    Dec 2007
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Check out a device called the SPOT. It's seen on the "Survivorman" show. It's supposed to be a GPS message and homing/tracking device.

    Good luck

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    Jul 2003
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Any of the above plus a can of sterno to get the thing lighted if it don't work when you need it too. A burning radio produces some plastic drippings that will get wet and/or frozen wood burning also.

  11. #10

    Apr 2006
    Massachusetts
    179

    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Quote Originally Posted by garrettman64
    why dont ya take a huntin buddy I am avaible on certin days and some saturdays email me or message me
    thanks from Bill
    Thanks, Bill. I'll get in touch with you. Kevin

  12. #11

    Apr 2006
    Massachusetts
    179

    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowbatts
    Any of the above plus a can of sterno to get the thing lighted if it don't work when you need it too. A burning radio produces some plastic drippings that will get wet and/or frozen wood burning also.
    Huh?

  13. #12

    Apr 2006
    Massachusetts
    179

    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldust
    Check out a device called the SPOT. It's seen on the "Survivorman" show. It's supposed to be a GPS message and homing/tracking device.

    Good luck
    Thanks, Goldust. I have also heard about a device that boaters can use to contact the coast guard/homeland security in the case of an emergency. I'm going to have to do some research.

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    Jul 2007
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Quote Originally Posted by Massbaycolonist
    Quote Originally Posted by Goldust
    Check out a device called the SPOT. It's seen on the "Survivorman" show. It's supposed to be a GPS message and homing/tracking device.

    Good luck
    Thanks, Goldust. I have also heard about a device that boaters can use to contact the coast guard/homeland security in the case of an emergency. I'm going to have to do some research.
    If you are out camping or even MD'ng a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is the way to go. These are monitored by various agencies all over the US and abroad. If out boating, an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) is a must have. I would say that if those NFL players had one on their boat, they might be alive today. I am an Air Force SAR Controller and have been dealing with these things for years. They will save you.

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    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Quote Originally Posted by Massbaycolonist
    Quote Originally Posted by Lowbatts
    Any of the above plus a can of sterno to get the thing lighted if it don't work when you need it too. A burning radio produces some plastic drippings that will get wet and/or frozen wood burning also.
    Huh?
    Saved me and wifey's life once, burning that radio we brought along.

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    Feb 2006
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Just saw several radio's advertized in National Geographic magazine, one of which had CB capabilities.

    All were self contained and depended on an internal power generated with a hand pump lever...

    I have a camp lantern with the same power source.

    Sorry, I don't have the mag with me or I'd list the manufacturer.
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    Re: Best emergency radio?


    We have some areas here in Oregon that are pretty isolated.
    Mountain Ranges, Desert areas, etc. Maybe up to 20 miles or more from nearest road.
    And that road is an old logging/jeep trail.
    On the other hand my Bro. lives in Orange County Calif. where there are lots of folks.
    His cell phone doesn't work lots of times. Mine doesn't either many places.
    Citizen Band Radio works when you are not far from other folks and they happen to be listening on your channel.
    I got my Ham license many years ago when we had to know Morse Code.
    Now that is not a requirement. You can talk all over the world for free. Also make phone calls where no phone service exists.
    Look into that. Also the EPIRB idea is good. Folks sailing the oceans use them.
    A satalite phone would be great, but they are expensive.
    Climbers of Mt. Hood are required to rent emergency locators for a few dollars.
    Getting caught in a blizzard or a crevass can kill you.

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  18. #17

    Feb 2007
    Colorado
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Boaters use E.P.I.R.B. (emergency position indicate radio beacon) you need this instead, http://www.weatherbuffs.com/SPOT_Eme...or_p/spot1.htm then you pay about $12 a month for the monitering service.
    HH
    John

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    Feb 2006
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Eton Corporation has numerous radio combinations, all of which are self-powered (do not require batteries) ...www.etoncorp.com

    Some have short-wave and 2-way CB capabilities...
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  20. #19
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    Feb 2006
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    Re: Best emergency radio?

    A VHF is line-of-sight and with the antenna at head level you're looking at six miles or so maximum range.

    A satellite phone (not to be confused with a cell phone) would work, but set you back $3,000 or so.

    The emergency beacon mentioned above may be the best option.

    Filing a travel plan with someone who can call the authorities if you don't turn up when you should can also be a good idea.

    Sometimes the best help is advance preperation. Don't expect someone to risk their own lives to bail you out.
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  21. #20

    Apr 2006
    Massachusetts
    179

    Re: Best emergency radio?

    Quote Originally Posted by Massbaycolonist
    Hi ya'all. I go to remote wilderness areas in Northern New England. I can't get any service for my cell phone in these remote areas. So I'm thinking I had better get some kind of emergency radio, just in case I run into trouble, and need to contact civilization.
    Is an emergency radio the best way to go with this? If so, what kind of radio should I look for? I'm on foot a lot in the woods, so I think a hand held unit would be advisable. All ideas and recommendations are welcome. Happy TH'ing this year. Kevin
    Thank you, everybody! Great stuff here, and important, too. I'll let you know how I dealt with this issue when the glaciers recede up there. Thanks again. Kevin

 

 
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