Let the Radioman assist you.
a two way radio you have to ask yourself a few questions, namely:
For offroad work in South Africa the majority
of enthusiasts us 29 Mhz (29.8725 Mhz and 29.7100Mhz).
The radios operating in this band are 4 watt radios
operating in AM mode and have a range varing from 3
to 10km. Some enthusiasts use VHF (142.725 Mhz tone
- What do I need the radio for?
- How far do I need to communicate?
- Am I travelling with other people that have radios?
- How much do I need to spend?
VHF radios used without repeaters have a reliable
range of between 10km and 15km but in ideal conditions
and with one station being located at a higher altitude
than the other, with unobstructed views the communications
can reach up to 45km. Greater range can be achieved
using repeaters but then a user must understand that
in this situation communications are area dependant.
On construction sites handheld radios are the
chosen mode of communication with limited range but
with the versatility of being portable. Licence free
radios are low powered and ideal for crane operations
while the higher powered radios are ideal for "on
the ground" communications.
HF radios are perfect for long range communications
but they are expensive and the question that we always
ask is "Who are you going to communicate with?".
HF radios give you a range (depending on frequency choice)
of around the world communications. Communications between
dawn and dusk are reliable but communications after
dark can be erratic.