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jfkspotting
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« on: July 13, 2017, 05:59:16 PM »

What is the best "Personal Radio" in terms of value for money?

How long would it take to set up to CAP regs, and who would I ask?
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waukwiz
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 06:01:21 PM »

What is the best "Personal Radio" in terms of value for money?

How long would it take to set up to CAP regs, and who would I ask?
Who told you you needed one? And why?

A CAP compliant radio will run in the ballpark of a minimum of $100
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 06:09:23 PM »

What is the best "Personal Radio" in terms of value for money?

How long would it take to set up to CAP regs, and who would I ask?

You probably weren't. There isn't a need for you to have a personal CAP radio. You should really talk with your squadron senior members before posting question like this online, you could possibly start trouble. In terms of setting it up, talk with the ES officer.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 06:15:53 PM »

For the Holbrook fair, my flight staff asked those who didn't. They politely "suggested" but asked, if I had the money and I replied yes.

Do you know any good options.
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waukwiz
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 06:23:38 PM »

For the Holbrook fair, my flight staff asked those who didn't. They politely "suggested" but asked, if I had the money and I replied yes.

Do you know any good options.
Just to confirm, you said you had the money without knowing how much money is involved?

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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 06:27:09 PM »

My guess is that they were referring to an FRS radio, which can be used for things like air shows and encampments.

You still need to have an ICUT though.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 07:33:04 PM »

My guess is that they were referring to an FRS radio, which can be used for things like air shows and encampments.

You still need to have an ICUT though.

He still needs to talk to somebody in authority at his unit above his "flight staff" though.
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 07:44:31 PM »

For the Holbrook fair, my flight staff asked those who didn't. They politely "suggested" but asked, if I had the money and I replied yes.

Do you know any good options.

Ask for clarification. FRS radio or an ISR... The difference between $25 and $100+. You really don't need an ISR but if you really need some radios, group has a whole bunch the unit would just have to request to use.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2017, 10:45:30 PM »

For the Holbrook fair, my flight staff asked those who didn't. They politely "suggested" but asked, if I had the money and I replied yes.

Do you know any good options.
Just to confirm, you said you had the money without knowing how much money is involved?

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 I said money wouldn't be a problem as they said it would be 50 dollars
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2017, 11:10:15 PM »

I said money wouldn't be a problem as they said it would be 50 dollars

It's got to be an FRS (they don't make ISR any more and civilians couldn't generally buy them anyway),
but no one in your "flight staff" should be telling you to buy anything radio-related unless your CC or DC
are involved, and even then they should supply them.

You can get FRS radios all day long on Amazon well under $50 without even trying.

Remember if you buy or are issued GMRS, you can't use those channels for CAP, and you need a
license to use them for personal use.
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2017, 05:14:32 AM »

What is the best "Personal Radio" in terms of value for money?

How long would it take to set up to CAP regs, and who would I ask?

You probably weren't. There isn't a need for you to have a personal CAP radio. You should really talk with your squadron senior members before posting question like this online, you could possibly start trouble. In terms of setting it up, talk with the ES officer.

This forum is for people to ask questions! Don't chid someone for asking a question. There are no stupid questions. You gave good advice, just leaving out the judging part.


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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2017, 10:56:55 AM »

What is the best "Personal Radio" in terms of value for money?

How long would it take to set up to CAP regs, and who would I ask?

You probably weren't. There isn't a need for you to have a personal CAP radio. You should really talk with your squadron senior members before posting question like this online, you could possibly start trouble. In terms of setting it up, talk with the ES officer.

This forum is for people to ask questions! Don't chid someone for asking a question. There are no stupid questions. You gave good advice, just leaving out the judging part.


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LOL you're new here.
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2017, 01:33:31 PM »

what is a good radio to buy?
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2017, 01:36:23 PM »

what is a good radio to buy?

If you're talking FRS, whatever is handy at the time, they are all pretty much the same.

Some might have rechargeable batteries, or the ability to use an earpiece, etc., or be physically smaller,
or whatever, but power-wise and performance there should be little difference.

Amazon has lots.  Find something cheap with a decent rating.
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2017, 02:17:57 PM »

What is the best "Personal Radio" in terms of value for money?

How long would it take to set up to CAP regs, and who would I ask?

You probably weren't. There isn't a need for you to have a personal CAP radio. You should really talk with your squadron senior members before posting question like this online, you could possibly start trouble. In terms of setting it up, talk with the ES officer.

This forum is for people to ask questions! Don't chid someone for asking a question. There are no stupid questions. You gave good advice, just leaving out the judging part.


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LOL you're new here.

Good.point! Something I should remember.


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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2017, 03:48:15 PM »

LOL you're new here.

Glad I am not the only one who had that thought.  Personally, they can "suggest" I buy something all they want.  Until someone points at a reg that indicates that it is required, my wallet is staying where it is unless I have some other use for the item in question.  I have been in (and 'won' insofar as I wasn't the one found in contempt) a courtroom debate with a defense attorney over the definition of the word "or".  Arguing the definition of the words "should" or "suggested" isn't going to make me bat an eye.
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waukwiz
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2017, 04:23:02 PM »

what is a good radio to buy?
Go up your chain of command and see what they recommend.
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Cadet Cullen Mayes
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« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2017, 11:53:27 AM »

What is the best "Personal Radio" in terms of value for money?

How long would it take to set up to CAP regs, and who would I ask?

Your Communications Officer should be your go-to person for all things Communications-related.

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etodd
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« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2017, 03:23:48 PM »

To take another look at this .... are personal radios even allowed?

When flying aerial photo missions I would MUCH prefer using my much nicer cameras and lenses (I'm a professional aerial photographer by trade), and was quickly told that wasn't allowed. Use the kit as provided only.

So radios yes, cameras no?
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« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2017, 03:53:11 PM »

So radios yes, cameras no?

Personal cameras are explicitly prohibited by 1AF on AFAMs.

As to radios, depends on the wing - some license all of them, some don't.

Still need ICUT regardless.
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