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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I was skiing Sat. with my son and noticed absolutely no traffic on our Motorola radios. This gave me an idea, perhaps we as Bears ought to designate a channel and sub-channel as our own default channel for general communications at any given ski area. This would enable someone to give a shout out over the air to see where the goods are, or perhaps call for help and get a faster response from patrol as fellow Bears make things happen. Its just a thought, anyone have any input?
post #2 of 19
Don't ask. Do.
Just designate a channel and advertise that it's owned. Most of them with radios will find another channel if the "unwritten" law is enforced.

"Hey, this is channel 11, The Barking Bears, GET OFF!"

The 11 is the only channel I could think of that related to skiing. Or 8, now that I think of it.
4- gone
7- gone
9- gone
13- gone

Anyway, Idahojef, your next post better be a designation...
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Okay, I'll make a command decision. The Bears official radio channel is: channel 11, subchannel 7. Please log your complaints at the customer service counter.
post #4 of 19
Outstanding idea idahojef

Of course this requires me to switch over from the 4 20 Broadcasting network.

of course the next obvious question is going to what is the cheezeball catch phrase going to be?

Does a bear ski in the woods?

If a bear falls in the forest does anyone hear it?

How many bears does it take to track a feild?

Does a bear need fat skis?

You started this idahojef so I leave the cheezeball catch phrase choice to you.
post #5 of 19
Pin it? good idea.
post #6 of 19
Sounds like a fair proposal. It would be nice to standardize.
post #7 of 19
11-7 at any Ski Area great idea.
post #8 of 19
Keep in mind that not every brand uses the same "subchannel" or "privacy code" number for a given CTSS (Continuous Tone Squelch System) scheme.

So subchannel 7 isn't going to work across all brands. Check this chart for compatibility.

Subchannel 7 is the same on Cobra and Motorola radios on the FRS (Family Radio System) models, which are the more common, cheaper, lower-power versions that most people have. (GMRS is a superset of FRS with higher power and higher cost.) But it's a different number for the same CTSS privacy "subchannel" on other brands.

I'm assuming we're talking Motorola and Cobra just out of them being the most common? But there's a need to specify, unfortunately.

Mark the radio geek.
post #9 of 19
It seems according to that chart cobra and Motorola have the same tone, so should it make a difference?
As far as the others go, it's just one number lower except 2 doesn't match at all.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
I was operating on the assumption that all radios would use the same sub-channel systems. Who'd a thunk various manufacturers would offer different versions of the same thing and only be compatible with their own offerings! I guess I should have did a little research before pitching the whole idea. Sorry everyone!
post #11 of 19
I think its still a good idea and since most of the radios out there are probably cobra or motorola, it doesn't matter much.
post #12 of 19
I think this is a great idea. I have used my Motorola talkabouts in all my ski trips in the past year and they have been very handy. The channels I use are higher than that being proposed here but I completely agree to a dedicated bear channel.

Perhaps a good intro call would be:

"There's a bear here from New York, any other bear out there?"

What do you guys think?
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by MarkXS View Post
Subchannel 7 is the same on Cobra and Motorola radios on the FRS (Family Radio System) models, which are the more common, cheaper, lower-power versions that most people have. (GMRS is a superset of FRS with higher power and higher cost.) But it's a different number for the same CTSS privacy "subchannel" on other brands.

Mark the radio geek.
Okay Mark the non radio geek now.

I know there is FRS (Family Radio System) & VHF (Very High Frequency, I think)

I know that the FRS is not the same as the VHF but does that mean 7 - 11 is not 7 - 11 on a VHF. As long as they are Cobra and Motorola that is.

Or does FRS and VHF have their own charts and they are not the same at all?

There are few bears in my area and I would love to make some turns with them if they are there.
post #14 of 19
I ended up looking this up on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General..._Radio_Service) and according to that, the frequencies are the same for frs and gmrs, both in the uhf. Also channels 1-7 are the same on gmrs and frs. Channels 8-14 are frs only and channels above 14 are gmrs only. The main difference between the two is power. Frs being limited to 500mW and gmrs to 50W.
post #15 of 19
this thread died but I think the idea is excellent.

from the last post channel 11-7 is a frs channel only and therfore doesn't have a great range.

Therefore we need a channell that both FRS and GMRS radio owners can use so..... a channel from 1 to 7 seems to be the best.

being not too familiar with these radios does anyone have an idea of a radio channell that is not that busy from 1 to 7?
post #16 of 19
Change for a nickel?

How about channel 5-13?
post #17 of 19
we currently operate as the 4-20 broadcasting network, but sometimes we get alot of yahoo's (I wonder why ) and I have my doubts that this is a good channel as we get alot of cross talk (non 4-20 people) and noise sometimes.

5 - 13 sounds like a good choice.

is this a maggot channel currently ?

Even though most people today would have GMRS radio's there are some that would have FRS and to find other bears it would be nice to have a channel that is good for all.
post #18 of 19
5-13 seems like a good idea!

We can maybe even standardise this on both sides of the Atlantic. The european PMR system only has 8 main channels so 11-7 won't work.

Those of us who are both bears and snowheads (a similar european forum) will only have one number to remember :-)
CW
post #19 of 19
5-13 has been used as the "maggot" channel, but is rarely used or discussed. For that matter, most of TGR members who would carry radios are probably Bears anyway.

Its in the shared GMRS / FRS band and has good range, something that was a problem at Squaw last year with 11-7.
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