Family two-way radios have grown in popularity. They first became popular with hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Their utilitarian usefulness has now spread to other areas in family life. FRS stands for Family Radio Service, and it is comprised of 14 channels that can be used for personal or business use without a license. Seven of the 14 channels are for FRS use only. “Handheld walkie-talkie type transceivers are inexpensive and quite durable, and they can provide clear two-way communication for miles under favorable conditions,” according to Kay Communications. Here are three creative ways families are using two-way radios.
Everyone who rides a bicycle knows that it is easy to miss something on the road, whether it is a pothole, a storm grate or one of those quiet electric cars approaching quickly from the rear. Two-way radio handsets often come with headsets that include a speaker and microphone. Some have VOX capability to transmit when the user speaks. These are great for giving an early warning to partners out together for a bicycle ride.
Enthusiastic riders may find communication great for motivating ride partners to continue. Gear suggestions from the lead rider may also be helpful for stragglers who are attempting to climb a big hill. Notable sights can also be conveyed by voice over the two-way radio to other bicyclists enjoying a ride together. Instructions and warnings from parents to children riding their own bicycles are easy to convey without shouting or the chance of being unheard or misheard due to noise.
Do-it-yourself has taken homeowners by storm. Often, married couples work together to make their homes beautiful. They get more out of their renovation budgets by doing some of the work themselves. Plumbing, electrical and insulation work are just some of the remodeling chores that often requires two workers to complete tasks for a project while in different locations.
One spouse may ask the other to turn the water back on at a basement valve after plumbing work has been done on an upstairs bathroom. An electrical job may require hunting down which breaker serves the circuit that is being worked on. Blowing insulation into an attic requires someone at the hopper outside and the other person at the blower end in the attic. All of these situations benefit from instant and clearly heard communications that a two-way radio can provide.
Black Friday Coordination
Some families arrange their Black Friday shopping sprees like soldiers on a mission. A two-way radio used at outlet stores and malls is faster than communicating by text or cell phone. It is instant and can mean the difference between getting one of the coveted retail discounts and going home empty handed. Details of special in-store only advertisements can be shared instantly with other shoppers in a group.
Even bathroom breaks from standing in long lines require a coordinated effort to get some of the big ticket deals Black Friday sales have to offer. Two-way radios can be used with headsets to minimize the odds of conversations being overheard. Most FRS radios also allow setting a specific transmit/receive code for each handset to further cut down on someone overhearing conversations.
Two-way radios can be used for fun, business, pleasure, hobbies, recreation, exercise and pretty much any other use that the imagination can come up with. They are useful in backing an RV into a campsite or telling a spouse working in the shed or garage that lunch is ready. Plus, they are great for use when working outdoors where one would not want to risk losing or damaging an expensive cell phone. The best thing is that FRS radios frequencies do not require an FCC license. Many FRS radios also include the GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequencies that do require a license. If you need more range, consider GMRS two-way radios.