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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread post by johanrebel » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:52 am

According to this article http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=71894#, commercial safari operators may not use two-way radios.

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread post by Penny » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:33 am

If the use of cell phones is restricted to gates and camps what on earth is the point of continuously requesting people to phone the emergency number when required. Often one travels through areas where there is a whiff of a signal and its enough to receive text messages on a cell phone. Not all of us are privileged enough to go to the Park and never have to deal with work problems or an alarm that is going off at home.

I can categorically state that the supposed ban on the use of radios to call in sightings is being completely and utterly ignored by Outside Safari Vehicles. Sadly we have had the rough edge of their tongues at several sightings. Once at Mlondozi dam road an OSV guide was very rude to us as he thought that our vehicle was running but in fact it was the fan at the front of the old Volkswagen TDI bus that comes on when one stops. On another occasion at a mating lion sighting where the OSV arrived in their droves on the S114 we were told after having been there for 5 mins that we should move on as his guests could not see over our Kombi. Tell me how it is possible to arrive in such numbers (there must have been 13 or 14 OSV's) if it was not announced on a radio.

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread post by DSouter » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:12 pm

The vehicles that the outside tour operators use should be checked when entering the park and if they have a 2 way radio installed in the vehicle then they should be refused entry and the company penalised. I would say that almost every outside tour operator I have come across has had a two way radio fitted and if not then they make full use of cell phones to call each other.

I realise that they have to make a living but not at the expense of crowding out the guests who have paid large sums of money to stay in the park.

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Re: Use of two-way radios / walkie talkies

Unread post by 4O4-5O4 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:01 pm

I say ban all cell phone 'sightings boards' too. Its sad that as documented openly in many of the trip reports, they are constantly checking up on latest sightings and creating hype around these sightings. In my opinion, it contradicts that what Kruger stands for. Go find your own lion kill and leave other people who find one alone.

Sadly, it appears not many people here have had the privilege of experiencing the Kruger of 30 years ago.

Technology has its place in the world. But ONLY in camps and outside the park.

And for those who disagree, Kruger existed for far longer just fine before cell phone reception was introduced. I would bet my bottom dollar too that the increase in animals being run over are directly proportional to the increase in real time 'sighting boards' as more and more visitors speed to reach the next sighting.

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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread post by Digger » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:46 pm

May i carry my vhf radio to use it in case of an emergency like a engine malfunction?

If yes, whats the frequency should i program to listen?

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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:50 am

Digger, I really cannot advise re any VHF frequencies but do have a read through Breakdowns, car problems flat tyres for some info and advice.
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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:11 pm

Digger - I also don't know about radios.
Cell phone reception pops up in the most rote areas. Once I came across a breakdown on a remote road and promised to phone as soon as I got signal. Within 5km I was able to phone and report.
I am sure if you have a problem someone will be able to report it.
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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread post by gotaloveit » Tue May 02, 2017 8:56 pm

Surely there are more people with radios out there? And surely there must be a frequency that we can use to communicate in an emergency?

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Re: VHF Radios in the park

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue May 02, 2017 9:25 pm

I may be wrong, but I think the SANParks staff radios are not on a public channel.

The "old days" of CB radios has, I think, been over taken by cell phones.

I don't think general use of radios would be a good thing. There would be chaos! Imagine the rushing to sightings!

As I said in a post above, there are many "hot spots" of cell reception and, if you are in trouble, someone can call for help when they get signal. A couple of years ago I came across a stranded vehicle. I made sure they had water and, when I got signal (not far in fact), I phoned the SANParks emergency number and reported it. Later that evening I phoned the people who had been stranded and they said they had been "rescued" and all was well.
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