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View Poll Results: What coomunication device do you use?
CB 11 64.71%
FRS 1 5.88%
GMRS 4 23.53%
Ham 12 70.59%
Other 0 0%
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post #1 of 9 Old 04-10-2021, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Trail coms

What are you folks using for trail communication? I’m wondering if I should consider something besides my old CB.

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-11-2021, 07:18 AM
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I use what my local 4x4 club uses, or what the 4x4 event sponsor recommends. Typically CB, but FRS/GMRS usually works if you have a bit of extra power output from a Baofeng or similar.

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In my Jeep, I have the ability for CB, GMRS and Ham.

What I use depends on the group I'm with. Last weekend half the group had CB, the other half had GMRS. I ended up being the cross band repeater as I could do both. I used 2M simplex on the ride to the trails as my partner is also a ham.

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post #4 of 9 Old 04-12-2021, 03:53 PM
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CB is by far the most popular and common choice for offroading, followed by a 2 meter or 440 MHz ham radio. If you don't have a CB you'll miss most of the trail talk.

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I would recommend at least two of the following based on the limiting space available in a Jeep and ruggedness of product: Uniden PRO510/520, Midland MTX110/115/400 GMRS, and a 2m/70cm HAM (amateur license) HT radio. All are small, rugged, viable solutions, and someone on the trail will have at least one in these in their rig. For a CB (11 meter), I recommend a Firestick and the 102" whip in the proper location and grounding (depending on where and who you are with). With a properly tuned antenna a CB can reach out there. The Firestick antenna are good close in and nice and short for trail runs. But a whip's performance is so good over all. For the whip get a tie down strap for it and a heavy duty spring. They work so great. That is my goto when I am in the sticks. **Note on whip**
Some clubs, trails, runs, prohibit the 102"whip. Do some research. While it does pose a issues on the trail for its unwieldy size, that size is why it preforms so well on the radio side. Having both is ideal. I run both.

Radios: CB is install and go, and is why it is so popular and relevant. GMRS and HAM you need a license. GMRS you just pay for, HAM you test for. GMRS covers you and your entire family for FSR/GMRS frequencies. A Technician amateur license covers 2-meter/70-cm and the FSR/GMRS frequencies for the one person that tested for it. And yes, the FCC does monitors traffic.

For me, I run an old Uniden PC76XLW with Firestick and a 102" whip, and a Yaesu VX-5R (I have my amateur license). I will be adding a Midland GMRS variant at some point (probably the MXT400).

Alternative CB radio is the Cobra 75 and the Midland 75 if space saving is of maximum importance.

Good luck.
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I would recommend at least two of the following based on the limiting space available in a Jeep and ruggedness of product: Uniden PRO510/520, Midland MTX110/115/400 GMRS, and a 2m/70cm HAM (amateur license) HT radio. All are small, rugged, viable solutions, and someone on the trail will have at least one in these in their rig. For a CB (11 meter), I recommend a Firestick and the 102" whip in the proper location and grounding (depending on where and who you are with). With a properly tuned antenna a CB can reach out there. The Firestick antenna are good close in and nice and short for trail runs. But a whip's performance is so good over all. For the whip get a tie down strap for it and a heavy duty spring. They work so great. That is my goto when I am in the sticks. **Note on whip**
Some clubs, trails, runs, prohibit the 102"whip. Do some research. While it does pose a issues on the trail for its unwieldy size, that size is why it preforms so well on the radio side. Having both is ideal. I run both.

Radios: CB is install and go, and is why it is so popular and relevant. GMRS and HAM you need a license. GMRS you just pay for, HAM you test for. GMRS covers you and your entire family for FSR/GMRS frequencies. A Technician amateur license covers 2-meter/70-cm and the FSR/GMRS frequencies for the one person that tested for it. And yes, the FCC does monitors traffic.

For me, I run an old Uniden PC76XLW with Firestick and a 102" whip, and a Yaesu VX-5R (I have my amateur license). I will be adding a Midland GMRS variant at some point (probably the MXT400).

Alternative CB radio is the Cobra 75 and the Midland 75 if space saving is of maximum importance.

Good luck.
Almost right. A tech license does NOT cover GMRS. GMRS is not in the Ham band and not a frequency that any amateur license allows privileges on. Many hams will purchase a GMRS license though.
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I have CB and GMRS, what I use depends on what the group is using.

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-13-2021, 06:54 PM
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I have 2M/70cm, CB & GMRS installed. As others have said, use what your trail buddies are using. CB may still be the most prevalent, but GMRS is definitely making huge inroads. The groups I run with are actively shifting away from CB to GMRS. I *wish* more in my area embraced am. radio, but GMRS is the new shiny object that has everyone's attention.
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-13-2021, 07:05 PM
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I run CB, in part because groups here tend to have them. Though more people seem to be getting on FRS.

East coast has less need for ham because we're really not that far out of communication. In fact, since in this area at least, most offroading trails are in the mountains, and most cell towers are on mountains. In a lot of cases, cell reception is better on the trail than in town.

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