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Walkie Talkies

Discussion in 'Local Meetings' started by McGherkin, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. McGherkin

    McGherkin ClioSport Club Member

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    Hi folks.

    Summer is coming which means there will be lots of meets going on, and where there are meets, there are convoys!

    One of the main problems with convoys is communication. I think we've all been in the situation where we're screaming out the window on the motorway trying to tell someone that we need fuel/a piss/a rest, or been in the second half of a convoy that's been unceremoniously cut in half by a set of traffic lights.

    How would CS feel about everyone plumping for a particular brand/model of walkie talkie, to use at local and national meets?

    I'd imagine they'd be a right riot at CSF and would allow multi-region convoys to all talk to each other, as well as obviously being invaluable at local meets.

    For example, Motorola's TLKR T40 walkie talkies have a 4km range, run on AAAs, and can be had for as little as £11 apiece.

    I'm thinking that at first we could organise a group buy of these walkie talkies, and then maybe even stock them in the CS store for new joiners to buy. Area reps could also maybe keep a couple of spares, again in case new joiners need them.

    Are any regions currently extensively using walkie talkies, that the rest of us could look at adopting? Otherwise we have a pretty clean sheet to start from.
     
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    Filters Wales - South ClioSport Area Rep

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    +1 for this...cracking idea.
     
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    James ClioSport Moderator

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    As a radio communications engineer, you'll not get 4km range car to car. Maybe in a 4km open flat field
     
  4. McGherkin

    McGherkin ClioSport Club Member

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    Yeah, it'll never be the full 4km, but easily enough to go from one end of the convoy to the other.
     
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    i hope they will be hands free... :tonguewink::smile:
     
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    Cracking idea.

    A few people around here have them and I've really wanted one to join in. At CSS last year, ash and Tom had Wilkie talkies and I had to (hands free) conference call them. It was s**t lol

    Cheap as chips.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ANG0M0E/?tag=cliospnet01-21

    Do these work with any old Walkie talkie? I don't actually know how these work, do you need the same models or just the same frequency?
     
  7. McGherkin

    McGherkin ClioSport Club Member

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    Walkie talkies don't actually come under the same legislation as mobile phones, in fact as long as they're not connected to a communications network they're fine.
     
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    Filters Wales - South ClioSport Area Rep

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    Coming from a bike back ground, they've always been a little bit vital for meets as everyone rode at a different pace. The front runner (as I found out by taking the bike on a cs meet) can end up a fair few miles in front. Handy for keeping people up dated to any issues on route as they could relay it to the middle and back runners.
     
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    McGherkin ClioSport Club Member

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    This I don't know. I was under the impression that they were different for different models.
     

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