Where and when it is legal to use a two way radio on a hunt of any kind, here are a few small tips that can aid the operator in terms of getting good results from even a modestly priced two way radio.
There is no question as to the fact that the better the radio in terms of components the better the results are going to be.
Even though many brands of most powerful 2 way radios will tell you that they will cover several miles in terms of workable range the truth be known that this is not always, or even close to the truth at all.
Just like cell phones, the two way requires line of sight to carry a good signal. In this case, not a cell tower as in a cell phone, but antenna to antenna is the name of the game here.
How to Get Good Signals?
When using two-way radios it is always best to gain high ground if at all possible, but in the mountains, the users will get the best reception within the same valley or range of hills. Also, weather in the rough country can play a part in transmission effectiveness.
The squelch knob should be adjusted so as to run just below the static level setting, but not turned down low as this will affect radio performance and range.
In general, we as a hunting party use a set of four radios when we are in the filed, but use them only for position location, and as a second source of a safety net in the event, someone goes down in the wild.
Phones VS Radios:
Stuff can happen out there, and the little radio is one more tool in the box of a safe hunters field kit. Today it is only fair to say that the cell phone is the primer tool afield when it is lunch time or whatever.
That stated however we have been in some mountain country that cell service is just not available. When this happens that little bright yellow two-way radio is a deal that can save a hunt.
Keep Your Batteries Charged:
Remember to keep your units charged or carry extra batteries when the system calls for common C,A, or AA batteries. It is a low-cost move, but again a possible lifesaver out there in the wild kingdom.
Before starting out on a hunt, being that most units have selective channels, be sure everyone using a unit is on the same frequency. I have had it happen whereas I lost the channel when the radio had a large selection of channels and that made it rough to contact to anyone, but the wind and the bugs for a very long time period.
Keep your radio well serviced, read the directions before use, and in most cases the little talking plastic boxes will get the job done for you.