Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WANTED! A long-distance two-way radio, legal or not.

Our long-time friends Alex and Laura plan to move to either Loreto or Muleje, Baja California. They will be doing some volunteer work among tiny villages scattered along--and off--the main highway. Cell phone towers in many areas are non-existent. Alex came to me yesterday with a question about Chapter 12 in How to Be Invisible: "Handheld Two-Way Radios."

"We need a handheld two-way radio with a range of up to 20 miles," he said, "not one of those little GMRS radios you guys use." That got me to thinking. True, our little radios are only good for a mile or two, but we haven't worried about that as long as we have our cell phones along. But in case of an emergency, when everyone tries to call out at the same time, cell phones may be useless!

We try to do things legally. This has precluded me from shopping around for an expert to make us a custom pair of handheld two-way radios with souped-up power. However, since Alex and Laura do not plan to use their handheld radios in the U.S., it's time to look for an expert.

Who do you know, readers, who might be able to come up with what Alex and Laura need? If you know of such a person, please ask him or her to get in touch with me. If encryption can be included, so much the better!

My e-mail is JJL @ canary islandspress.com [delete the spaces].


If you have used a two-way radio in some special or unique way, please let me know. If it is interesting enough to pass the story on to others, I'll send you a free e-book of your choice.