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VHF Radios in the park

Unread postby gotaloveit » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:46 am

Hey Guys!

Do any of you have have licensed VHF radios that you use in the park? If so, what frequencies are you guys licensed to? Seen a couple guys in the park, but couldn't make contact!

Secondly, is there a frequency that is used by the park and public? I'm just thinking that it can be used to report immediate serious offences (poaching) and emergencies if need be..

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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread postby Klystron » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:16 am

Hi. You do not say if you are local or not but that is not too relevant. To have a radio (VHF or any other range) the output power must be very low to not require a license.

If you have seen cars with obvious aerials the chances are they are Radio Amateurs (commonly called Radio Hams) and they will be licensed. They often display their call sign on a sticker on the rear of the car. I think that they also keep their radios on certain frequencies which are accepted as calling frequencies. Once contact is made they will change to another channel by mutual agreement much like CB Radios were in the late 70's.

Small UHF radios are available with low power and a range in KNP of about 1 Km due to the trees, etc. On open ground you could get as much as 5 Km. This requires the other car to have a similar radio as happens when traveling with friends.

As to a frequency for contacting Sanparks personnel you would have to ask them as I am sure they do not want their frequency bands known to others. There is an emergency telephone number printed on the entrance permit for reporting emergencies.

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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread postby gotaloveit » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:35 am

Hi there!

Very much a local!

As for the actual frequencies, most of the guys are part of a group and licensed to either:
http://www.orra.co.za/vhf.html
http://landcruiserclub.co.za/
etc, etc
..not being a HAM, and only licensed to curtain frequencies, I have limited choice as to 'tune' my radio to make contact!

Was just wondering if there is a dominant club or group and what license is required for their frequency..
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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:49 am

gotaloveit wrote:Was just wondering if there is a dominant club or group and what license is required for their frequency..Thanks

Not one that I know of from my side.
Would one of the clubs not know?
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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread postby Hugh » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:44 pm

My leetle son is a Radio ham since High school . and he found the exams easy peasy and once you have it you can tune in to almost anything if you have the right radio He could listen in to the planes going over head and even hear the chaps talking on the Space shuttle . In Kruger he managed to pick up the normal radio channel broadcasting the cricket ..!!! They could also pick up signals from way off countries .. He has had years of enjoyment . I wonder if there are a bunch of Hams in the KNP
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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread postby richardharris » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:00 am

on the odd occasion when visiting with a group of friends I bring 'public band' radios to keep in contact. Great up to a couple of miles. These are legal in Europe though I must confess to not knowing their status in SA. Never heard much else on them though.

I really miss the old days when receptions at the camps kept in touch via short wave radio - you really felt you were away from civilisation then!

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby kallis1786 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:31 pm

straush wrote:this is the first year we will be in two cars. As the phone signals are not great i am considering a two way radio.

has anyone used these before ? are they any good - specific recommendations on a pair ?

thank you


Hi. We have travelled with 2 cars many a times, and only used it once as we tend to travel very close to each other. So the Walkie Talkies we used, now cant remember the actual name or brand of it, worked perfectly fine, for upto around 3 Kms difference between us on a straight tar road, but once we went to a loop and we could hear they are trying to say something, but did not understand what. Hope it helps

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:27 pm

DSouter wrote:I stand under correction but I think that you are not allowed to use 2 way radios in the park same as cellphones!


I am not aware that one is not allowed to use cellphones in the park :hmz:
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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:01 pm

I do not believe that the use of Cell phones is not permitted - there are many people who get the "Latest Sightings" on their Cell phones - then there are those that actually post the sightings.

If Cell phones are not permitted why are there Cell phone towers in the park - Vodacom and MTN have quite good signals in many parts of the park.

I also know that the Jeep Jockeys use radios to inform the others of sightings (these are licensed radios) so perhaps that is why they are OK.

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby Div » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:33 pm

As far as I am aware cellphones and two way radios are allowed. We have gone with friends and family (two cars) to Kruger and the Kgalagadi and made use of the Zartek za - 708 two way radios to communicate between the 2 vehicles.One of the passengers in the vehicle should however operate the radio.

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:20 pm

I am sure the use of 2 way walkie talkies between families is not a problem.
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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:36 am

Imberbe wrote:Limited reception is the biggest "problem".

Exactly!
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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:46 am

I was always under the impression that walkie-talkies are not allowed at all in any Sanparks park (except for the concessions)
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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby squirrel_asc » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:12 pm

We once used Zartek radios (I can't remember which model) when we were in the park with friends. It was fun to be able to communicate between vehicles, even though it only worked when we were driving together (they required line-of-sight). I really can't imagine why they would not be allowed... If you were talking about the large, long-distance radios (for which you require a license) there could perhaps be an argument for banning them (such as people speeding to distant sightings), but the small ones... why not?

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread postby GlenD » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:17 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Doesn't the permit say that cell phones are only permitted in camps and at gates?


Quite correct :thumbs_up:


Bush Baptist wrote:Jeep jockey radios are banned from sharing sightings.


Yeah right, I still want to see that one enforced. This still happens.


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