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 Post subject: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:01 pm 
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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 ?

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

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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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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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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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I am sure the use of 2 way walkie talkies between families is not a problem.

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Limited reception is the biggest "problem".

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

Exactly!

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

Jeep jockey radios are banned from sharing sightings.

I cannot recall any ban on 2-ways though.

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BB that's what I thought about the use of cell phones

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


Absolutely.
We were at a Cheetah sighting in December on the S100.
There was 1 game viewing vehicle. Within minutes, another 5 or 6 descended on the scene.
How did these others find out about it so quickly if the original jeep jockey hadn't notified them?


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