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Communications: FRS

By THE HIDE-AWAY CANOE CLUB

Small Talkers

Another new -- and thankfully small addition to our technology load are the increasing popular FRS (Family Radio Service) radios. They broadcast in the 462-467 Mhz area of the UHF radio band. The tiny radios use only .5 watts of power and are meant to cover only about 4 km in good conditions.

We thought these little units would be invaluable for a canoe party in the far north, especially one that also has a certain amount of filming to do as well. They also give us the ability to communicate when scouting a rapids, crossing a fjord, or climbing the Torngats -- where they could become vital.

There are many FRS units. We chose the iCom models since they are built to US Military specs are fairly waterproof. All FRS units have 14 channels and offer great UHF clarity of sound.

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