THE GREAT OUTDOORS...
"NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST"
3 days across Arizona was just what the doctor ordered for me. From the peaceful sunsets to the challenging terrain I absolutely loved every minute of it all. We weren't there for a vacation though, at least not only a vacation. We wanted to once and for all put our CB's to rest! How many times have you said...what did he say, or only here one of the folks you're talking to on those things??
This past week we gathered up 6 of our friends and hit the Arizona Peace Trail running CBs, HAMs and the Midland MXT 400 and a hand full of handhelds head to head and here's what we found...
1. Standard out of the box CBs suck. That one is a no brainer.
2. HAMs are great, without a doubt a solid form of communication while you're out there off the grid. Unfortunately, they tend to be way to complicated for most people and you need a license to operate them. AND...I'm not sure why, and don't let this offend you if you're a HAM user because I'm sure it's not you, but there is A LOT of the HAM community that carry this weird arrogance about the whole thing.
3. The Midland MXT line is OUTSTANDING and with a few handheld radios, everybody can join in on the communication because let's face it...most of the time we're just clowning on each other.
Several standard 2-way channels will allow the easiest way to communicate. All of our Midland handhelds worked great and when we spread our group out across a 5 mile range we were all crystal clear. Our MTX 400's even gave us clear communication through a windy mountain pass with what had to be at least an 8 to 10 mile gap between us, and that was the standard channels!
Using our MXT 400's in the low power channels was probably the most important part of our testing, mainly because that's how most folks will use them, but we did give the high power GMRS channels a go.
The test was simple...one guy drives, one guy stays where he is at and every 1/2 mile we do a radio check. Well...we actually had to call it a wrap at 15 miles of clear communication, but soon we will try it again until we get the full range. However, 15 miles is INCREDIBLE and honestly aside from my cell phone when I have a good signal, there is no better way of communicating on the trail!
There is some bad news though. Most folks are stuck in the past. So it's going to be up to us users that KNOW there's nothing better to spread the word!
Get out there and pick yourself up a Midland MXT and a couple handhelds for your gear bag and then...SPREAD THE WORD! Change is in the air folks, let's make our experiences off the beaten path the best it can possible be.
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