Family Service Radios are readily available and have limited range and power. They operate at specific frequencies so as not to interfere with other devices. This makes them a good choice in our neighborhood, although our hilly terrain can inhibit reception. Over the years we have developed and improved a communications plan that allows a block of neighbors to communicate with each other and out to a central person/place. This is what we practiced during our July 26, 2020 Radio Drill.
FRS Radios come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Some use disposable batteries while others are rechargeable and come with an AC charger. Some trade functionality for price, but some of the cheapest can have the best reception.
We have found a type that is relatively inexpensive yet easy and intuitive to use. For a limited time we are offering a pair of radios to anyone who donates $30 or more to our nonprofit organization. If you only need one radio, a donation of $15 would be accepted.
If you are interested in learning more about walkie-talkies and how we use them in our neighborhood for disaster preparedness, sign up for a free Zoom radio workshop on Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm. The workshop will feature a presentation and plenty of time for questions and answers.
If you are already comfortable using a radio, consider joining our Sunday evening MWJN Roll Call at 7pm on channel 5.