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[*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 11:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DouglasP  
JZ, thanks for the response. I am familiar with BCN and like it a lot for our moto adventures, I'm sure it will work great for our 4 wheel stuff too.
What I'm looking for is advice on is communication radios. CB.VHF, marine, what is the best or preferred band?


Here you go:
http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=90605


Here's the setup I went with:

Truck radio:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0779CN8X9/ref=ox_sc_act_t...

Two handhelds for the bikes:
https://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8HP-Two-Way-136-174MHz-40...

Mag mount antenna:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018EUB8DU/ref=oh_aui_deta...

12 volt adapter:
https://www.amazon.com/CigBuddy-Portable-Cigarette-Anderson-...

Video that shows how to setup the Baofeng:
https://youtu.be/akS6Fq3yVLc

Video that shows how to setup the Yaesu:
https://youtu.be/sRgsTyUUrFs

I used VHF channels 68 and 72. Also setup 16 for emergency. Had pretty good distance when we just ran the Seven Sisters a week back.



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[*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 11:25 PM


If you want guaranteed communications (SMS) and emergency SOS look at getting an Inreach Mini. You can connect your phone via Bluetooth and use it to type the messages.

https://youtu.be/60A1NciNgps

Get two of them if you want to communicate with someone else in your group out in the middle of nowhere.





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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 06:51 AM


Good stuff! Thank you!

Edit....just read the linked thread. Now I'm somewhat radio literate. I also will use the search function more! I believe that's what ken was getting at?! :light:

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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 07:55 AM


Ken is shopping for communication ideas as well. He had been trail boss on many 4x4 Baja tours, typically using CB, which is okay if everyone is within sight... not always possible in the canyons.



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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 09:56 AM


Are bean lock wheels needed?

Bead......not bean, lol!

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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 04:33 PM


Your choices are good on you first post. With 33" tires I would not recommend bead lock rims. 33s are quite limiting for rock crawling where bead lock wheels are needed.
For getting into and out of deep soft sand, IMO you can air down enough with regular wheels and not have to got bead locks.
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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 05:47 PM


I posted a new thread here, somewhat, sorta related to the question ... http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=90781
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[*] posted on 7-16-2018 at 04:52 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Ken is shopping for communication ideas as well. He had been trail boss on many 4x4 Baja tours, typically using CB, which is okay if everyone is within sight... not always possible in the canyons.


Saturnino Valdez of Los Viejones 4x4 Club out of Mexicali gifted me a handheld HAM radio roughly 2 years ago. I plan on getting a HAM license in order that I can use it (legally). :light:

I gravitate towards CB since all of the 4x4 runs that I have attended fall back on Citizens Band as the standard mode of communication.




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