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Walkie Talkie's

Unread post by mattib » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:30 am

Hi everyone, this might have been already discussed, but does anyone have any cheap reccomendations for walkie talkie's to use in the bush.
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Re: Walkie Talkie's

Unread post by BDM CAPE TOWN » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:07 am

Hi Mattib

There are many cheap radios on the market, it depends what you are looking for. Something for the kids to use around camp or something to use when driving in the park.
For the kids and of the cheapies will do but for driving around the park I use and am very happy with the Zartek 708’s. Although I have not used them I believe the 705 is also a good radio. Advantage with both is that you can add a roof mounted antenna which improves range and transmission quality substantially. http://www.zartek.co.za/ they can be purchased from Cape Union, Outdoor Warehouse, Hi-Fi Corp and others.

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Re: Walkie Talkie's

Unread post by mattib » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:28 am

Thank you very much, I'll have a look :dance:
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Re: Walkie Talkie's

Unread post by VisOog » Sun May 27, 2012 6:31 pm

"Zartek ZA-708 2 Way Radio

Compact, handy two-way radio with a 15 km range, making communication much cheaper and easier.
Read more...

R950.00"

Do you know if this is for a single unit? That means for two radios it is R1,900?

Will check if they have stock tomorrow..

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Re: Walkie Talkie's

Unread post by BDM CAPE TOWN » Mon May 28, 2012 7:26 am

It is a single unit, so yes it will be double for a pair.

If you are buying though, get the 705 its a newer and more powerfull unit for much the same money.

http://www.zartek.co.za/za705.htm
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Re: Walkie Talkie's

Unread post by VisOog » Mon May 28, 2012 4:20 pm

Just wondering about taking a new unit into action, with no electricity at Tsenze - it seems that these radios need up to 5 charge cycles before they're 'run in'. It will have to be car charger to keep them going and not sure that will work so well?

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Unread post by BDM CAPE TOWN » Tue May 29, 2012 8:07 am

Not that running-in was an issue with the 708's, their battery life seemed good from the start. 3 to 4 days if only on while driving (assume day time driving). But if you are concerned and have time before you leave give it its 1st charge and then leave it on over a few nights to run down (LED warns when low) and then charge it up. The vehicle charger does work well but takes longer than the mains charger. Also, if you can buy the roof mount arial, its worth it.
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VHF Radios in the park

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 ?

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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 post by 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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