7 communication gear tools for off-roading

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Communication tools are essential, especially off-road. But, it’s not always easy to decide what you need to start with. You want a reliable radio and handset with all the features you will need. There are two broad categories of communication devices: short-range and long-range communication devices.

Short Range Communication Devices

The short-range devices you use when you’re in a group and want to stay in touch with your partners. This category of communication devices includes FRS/GMRS radios, walkie-talkies and CB radios.

1. Walkie Talkies

We all know that walkie talkies are the most popular short range communication device. These devices allow people to stay in contact with your nearby off-road group when you need to maintain line of sight, and there’s no risk of losing signal. They are small and light, and very easy to use. The two most common types are VHF (136–174 MHz) and UHF (300–500 MHz) walkie-talkies.

2.FRS/GMRS Radio

The FRS/GMRS radio is a short range communication device with two crucial frequencies. The FRS-Frequency radio service is the one you can use on a daily basis. The GMRS-General Mobile Radio Service frequency is only available if you are licensed and responsible for the proper operation of your licensed GMRS radio. Both devices are very similar in design and functionality, but GMRS is more advanced.

3. Radio Bandit CB

Bandit CB radios are the best short-range communication devices for off-roaders due to their ability to bypass road obstacles. You can easily go up or down the hill and go through cover, tunnel or even bush. The channels of this device have different frequencies: VHF CB (136–174 MHz) and UHF CB (above 500 MHz). While street cops use the VHF band, firefighters can only use the UHF band.

4. Rugged Radios

Rugged radios look like regular FRS/GMRS radios, but with more features, many more frequencies and, most importantly, very high resistance to water, dust and shock. These devices have a high output power, a large LCD display and an external speaker. These portable radio devices have additional features: radios to communicate with your team, GPS tracking units and cameras.

Long range communication devices

Long-range devices that you use to stay in contact with your vehicle over greater distances. This category of communication devices includes amateur radios, trackers and satellite devices.

1. Amateur Radio

Amateur radios are some of the best long range communication devices for off-roaders as they can reach from 0.5 to 29 MHz (VHF) or 10 to 160 MHz (UHF). The range and versatility of this device makes it so useful for drivers. It is essential to check the compatibility of your radio before purchase. If you use this communication device with your vehicle, be sure to do so safely.

2. Satellite phone

A satellite phone is a device that allows you to make and receive calls over long distances. Depending on the satellite coverage, two options are available: voice and data applications. This device is a combined phone and pager so you can use it as either. Newer models also offer internet capabilities, allowing you to stay in touch with your vehicles from anywhere.

3. Cellular Communication Devices

Cellular communication devices use the cellular network and allow you to stay in contact with other vehicles in the group or with a receiver. There are limitations in using these devices as they are not as powerful as terrestrial and satellite communication devices. Still, they can be beneficial when you need to make sure your vehicle is safe on the road and want to keep in touch with other drivers. Mobile phones can call any phone number and look up all the information in a phone book.

Conclusion

Most of these communication devices are very useful for off-roaders. It would be better if you customize them according to your needs. Having all the communication devices is always a good idea, especially when off-roading. You can always communicate with your team and get directions to the obstacle wherever you are. Using these devices can also help you avoid accidents and other risky situations.

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