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Thread Starter 
I came accross a great deal on a couple of Motorola T5820 walkie talkies ($45 for a pair on Amazon), so I picked them up thinking they may be useful this winter. The main reason I got them is that I ski alone quite a bit, and want some way to get in touch with someone if I get hurt (that NEVER happens, but I skied a day last year where they stongly advised against skiing alone...so it got me thinking about my own mortality). Of course they won't do me any good if I am face down in a tree well....but I figure I can get in touch with someone out there if I really need to. Plus, I will have an extra handy to use when I ski with friends. I personally HATE the things for the most part...they are loud and annoying on the lift. But then again, its even more annoying to get separated from your friends at Whistler not hook back up with them until the end of the day.

These have both the .5 watt and 1 watt GRMS channels on them, and I am supposed to get a license if I use the GRMS channels. Has anyone ever heard of somebody getting busted for using these frequencies without a license? How would they ever catch you?

On another note...last year I stopped by the patrol hut to ask about whether there is any way to either listen in on the ski patrol frequency (it would be great to know when they are done blasting and opening areas of the mountain) . As I recall, their response was that I might be able to listen in (if I was able to find out the frequency information) but that broadcasting was obviously a definite no-no on their frequency. My guess is that it would be very difficult to get a radio with the same frequency they use...most likely they have their own frequency. Anyone know if this is correct?

I also asked whether the ski patrol actually monitors any particular channel for emergencies, they said they were starting to experiment with monitoring the consumer channels, but didn't have any real information. As I was there in the hut, some dude was getting pulled out of a tree well (dead that is...), so they didn't have much time for my stupid questions...but I am still curious if they will ever set aside a consumer channel to call for help on. I imagine it would quickly become abused by someone with a sprained wrist that needs to be airlifted off the mountain...but it could be useful if it wasn't abused.


[ November 04, 2003, 05:20 PM: Message edited by: eb ]
post #2 of 9
Don't know about out west but many patrols in the east are monitoring channel 9 sub channel 11 and advertising it at the base area.
post #3 of 9
Ski Patrol at Alpental in the Pacific Northwest also monitors channel 9 and privacy channel 11. Seems like a good idea. I agree that the way some people use these radios can be annoying, but they have their positive aspects as well.
post #4 of 9
If you want to monitor the ski patrol you could pick up a cheap scanner from radio shack but seems like it would be more fun to just ski.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
true...in all reality I would likely never really listen in...my time is better spent skiing. I was just curious.

Thanks for the 9-11 info...that makes a lot of sense. I didn't realize that was an option.

post #6 of 9
And no, you don't need to get a GMRS license.
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I certainly hope you read the reviews of the 5820 on Amazon. All of them complain about the same problems 1) Cannot hear very well, need to keep repeating your msgs 2) Ni-CD batteries reduce performance. 3) performance no better than an FRS radio.

I am wondering if anybody has tried the 5720s. Are they any better? I have a pair of old FRS radios - which perform just fine (within a 1-1.25 mile radius). I was thinking of upgrading to a GMRS. But maybe not - after reading the reviews on amazon.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
I read the reviews...and it seemed to me that most of the negative reviews were from people upgrading to GRMS from FRS, and expecting much better performance than they got. So worst case...they work well for the FRS spectrum. I always take Amazon reviews with a grain of salt too, people generally think something is the GREATEST or the WORST EVER, without much in between.

I also figured that they were paying around $100, and since I picked them up for $45 its not the end of the world if they don't work like a $100 set of radios. I can always sell them on eBay, or just get another set later.
post #9 of 9
A bit off topic, but if you ski by yourself a lot consider getting a really loud whistle. That will carry a lot further than your voice and will attract attention to yourself quickly.
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