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Old December 18th, 2011, 18:54   #1
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Radio Frequencies at Events

My team is about to purchase a set of radios. I have many questions about what would be the right type of radio to purchase.

My biggest question is: Is there a set frequency that is used by Airsoft Canada at their events? and if so what is that frequency?

I am thinking that i can run any frequency I want for comms between my team members but I will need to be able to speak to the "base camp"

I apologize if this is a somewhat simplistic question but before investing in a radio I want to make sure I get something that is going to work.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 19:18   #2
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PLEASE take a minute to search the forum, read the FAQs, etc.

Frequencies used are usually FRS+GMRS (UHF band).

Please read:

http://airsoftcanada.com/showthread.php?t=18513


http://airsoftcanada.com/showthread.php?t=118134


http://airsoftcanada.com/showthread.php?t=120456




Sometimes (often? usually?) frequencies are assigned to teams/sides. And as for "running any frequency you want" that would still be limited to the FRS and GMRS frequencies: there are [licensed] people using other frequencies out in the real world, you can't just start broadcasting all over the place -- they will be upset and if you get caught you will get in trouble. Radios are not toys.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 19:37   #3
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There is no designated frequency used solely by ASC. Frequency selection would be determined by the event host/organizers. FRS/GMRS radios are the typical radios most will use. Many have moved to higher end programmable radios that utilize the FRS/GMRS channels.

Often there are games where each team will have multiple frequencies to use plus a game control frequency.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 19:39   #4
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+1 to that.
If you're looking at team radio's there are a few things to consider;
1) Learn how to talk on a radio. Nobody wants noobs spamming useless information on radios, it's highly disruptive to the people who actually know what they're doing, and it's just plain inconsiderate.
2) Get something UHF or GMRS, so you can talk to everyone else who uses radios in airsoft.
3) Get a radio that matches your needs. If you're playing in large fields, you may need a 4 watt radio. If your scrimming in 10 acre fields, a motorola GMRS will be just fine. Are you playing in the rain? Do you need waterproof radios?
4) Pay attention to what kind of headset port it has. Motorola 1 or 2 pin, kenwood 2 pin, etc
5) Learn how to USE your radio. And remember that sub-channels only filter what YOU hear, they don't necessarily code the frequency so that nobody else can hear it.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 19:48   #5
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And to add, if you're new to the game or new to radios...

Keep your mouth shut! Listen to the radio transmissions and that's it. Unless you are a command element that needs to communicate, there's no need for any chatter on comms. Chatter boxes have been hunted out and found a knife in their back or friendly fired and sent back to respawn.

Learn your radio inside out. Turn off vox. Know what it does when it's keyed open. Operators with their radios keyed open or vox on and set to high sensitivity have been hunted out and found a knife in their back or friendly fired and sent back to respawn.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 20:03   #6
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Learn your radio inside out. Turn off vox. Know what it does when it's keyed open.
VOX + Over beep = EPIC WIN.


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Old December 18th, 2011, 20:07   #7
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My favorite is when LMG gunners go prone onto their PTT and all you hear is them laying down fire.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 20:35   #8
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thx for the feedback guys. I guess I should be a little more specific. I am seeing radios I like that broadcast in the 466mhz range, also in the 442mhz (none of which require a licence and are free for civilians to use). If i don't buy a programmable type of radio I was just wondering if anyone new the Freq that is most common.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 20:38   #9
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GMRS/FRS frequencies, that's 430-470MHz UHF
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Old December 18th, 2011, 21:11   #10
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Just pick yourself a FDC-450a or a wouxon KG-UVD1P. Programming it with the standard channels, or programming it as you need.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 23:38   #11
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My favorite is when LMG gunners go prone onto their PTT and all you hear is them laying down fire.
Almost spit out my drink reading this

My favorite is playing a quiet and tense game in woodland environment and suddenly everyone's radios are picking up some kid 5km away radioing his mom that he's ready to get picked up from Timmy's house. "OK EVERYONE SWITCH TO CHANNEL 9".

Back to the topic of the thread, I am using the cheapie Cobra GMRS radios from canadian tire and they work pretty well.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 00:38   #12
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My favorite is when LMG gunners go prone onto their PTT and all you hear is them laying down fire.


I find most people use Motorola Talkabouts. Game control is usually channel 1.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 01:12   #13
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Buy the best you can afford.. as with all things..

That said I know people who have got on just fine with cheap motorola talkabouts for years.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 11:41   #14
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thx for all the input guys.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 11:48   #15
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standard frs are fine, but just keep in mind that anyone can do a channel scan and listen in on your chatter, including the other team.
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