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Radios for tournaments

TravisNWTravisNW Posts: 89 Baller
edited July 6 in News & Other Stuff
It’s time to get new radios for the tournament kit and I want quality radios that transmit clearly and reliably. I thought it would be simple and straightforward but the radio world seems to be complex and there can be issues involving the FCC and interference with local emergency services. I’m not oppose to walking the line as long as I can become informed and understand what I’m doing if it means I have an above par setup. So let’s hear it, what’s out there, what’s the best, what’s the safest, advantages and disadvantages. Go!

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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,547 Mega Baller
    edited July 6
    We use Motorola radios. I’m not sure if they are the RMM2050 or not, but they look like those. Very reliable, clear, and durable.

    Correction: they look closer to the RDU4100.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    TravisNW
  • TravisNWTravisNW Posts: 89 Baller
    @RichardDoane what are the baofeng radios that you use?
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,117 Mega Baller
    Our Baofeng’s have been very good. I’m fortunate that one of my employees is a HAM radio guy who knows the rules and how to program them properly. I’ll check the model numbers and post a pic when I’m home tomorrow. I just ordered some replacement batteries that are larger so they will last all day for the Scorer/Boat who use the most.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
    TravisNW
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,307 Mega Baller
    @RichardDoane what band are you using?
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • LLUSALLUSA Posts: 274 Crazy Baller
    Motorola’s CP200 can’t go wrong
    LLUSA, Sr Driver, AWSA Board of Directors, Towboat Committee,Lake Owner
    MISkier
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,307 Mega Baller
    @LLUSA $300 each, puts a dent in the tournament budget
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
    TravisNW
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,051
    zello app for phones. Everyone already has a phone.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    dislandthager
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,307 Mega Baller
    @BoneHead pretty cool, now getting all the judges to download it and sign up maybe not
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,817 Mega Baller
    edited July 9
    I have the Baofeng uv-5r. I programmed it to use the FRS frequencies of all the typical radios. I have them on the low power setting so as to not get into too much trouble.

    Use this software to program it: link

    Here is a link to a config file already setup for FRS radios: link

    Some monotone video explaining this: link

    Here's a long manual that no one will ever read: link
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
    gsm_peterTravisNW
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,117 Mega Baller
    @disland we have 5 channels programmed, I'm not sure about frequencies and would have to look but we stayed away from ones that could get us into trouble with the FCC. The Baofengs were about $35. each @LLUSA so if any get dropped in the lake it's not a big problem. I have witnessed the expensive Motorola's that have gone swimming before.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
    MISkierTravisNW
  • LLUSALLUSA Posts: 274 Crazy Baller
    @disland if you want quality over crap it's well worth the money, I have 22 of these radios some are 10 years old, best investment other than a Beaman jump. If you watch ebay you can pick them up in lots of ten for around 125 a piece, as for @RichardDoane I haven't seen any hit the water yet, but people will walkoff with them.
    LLUSA, Sr Driver, AWSA Board of Directors, Towboat Committee,Lake Owner
    RichardDoane
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,307 Mega Baller
    @LLUSA Well we got a Beaman and full SplashEye so might as well get the next step

    Thanks
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
    RichardDoane
  • MoffattraMoffattra Posts: 63 Baller
    @TravisNW how often are you hosting tournaments? your local 2-way radio expert will rent you super nice radios for pretty cheap. then you don't have to deal with storing them, keeping batteries healthy, technology getting old, etc.
    AndreRichardDoaneTravisNW
  • blakeyatesblakeyates Posts: 131 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I bought 2 Motorola RDU4100’s on the LetGo App for $125 ea, charger and mic that you clip on your shirt. They are great but I don’t know how to get them on the same frequency as the cheap radios that you see at a lot of tournaments. I was going to take my two to go along with what the LOC is using but that hasn’t worked .............. so far.
    Blake Yates
    Nautique Promo Rep, GA
    TravisNW
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,566 Mega Baller
    The cheap ones are “family channels”, theoretically the others a secure channels you register with the FCC. I don’t think they can pick up family channels
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,817 Mega Baller
    edited July 19
    FYI - Some links which may help you, @blakeyates
    I don't own these, but hopefully these links will help you figure out IF and how to program your radios to work with FRS.

    Default Frequencies of the RDU4100
    RDU4100 (RDX) Programming Videos
    FRS Frequency List
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • blakeyatesblakeyates Posts: 131 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Thanks @ToddL I’ll give those a look.
    Blake Yates
    Nautique Promo Rep, GA
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