/ Walker talkies

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Richardlake - on 16 Jul 2017
Have increasingly felt the need for walkie talkies on multipitch climbs or at noisy or massive crags. Anyone got some recommendations? I guess the ideal ones would be small but robust with something to clip to your harness, and USB chargable. Any thoughts?
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summo on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

3 tugs for safe, 3 for climb. Solved.
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mmmhumous on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

Decathalon usually have a good range at reasonable prices.
Cake on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to mmmhumous:

Yeah, really cheap ones are fine. I used my daughters' £5 ones at Gogarth and they were great. We had to put them in our pockets though.
Steve Clegg - on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to summo:

> 3 tugs for safe, 3 for climb.

or one big tug for "I'm offff..."
Ben Sharp - on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

We recently switched from pmr to uhf at work and the difference is night and day, they're only £12-15 per radio (retivis) and we can communicate quite easily a couple of miles away through forest. You need a licence for them but they're quite cheap.

The pmr radios (licence free) are ok provided you have perfect line of sight and no interference. I always used to just use tugs and then make sure you both had your phone in case there was any doubt.
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Jim Walton on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Ben Sharp:

we can communicate quite easily a couple of miles away

Wow, thats quite a long rope you have there for that pitch!

summo on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Jim Walton:

> Wow, thats quite a long rope you have there for that pitch!

Probably same one up the length of pinnacle ridge.
wercat on 18 Jul 2017
In reply to Ben Sharp:
pmr446 do use UHF 70 centimetre wavelengths - perhaps you mean more powerful UHF radios?

pmr446 are licence free but more powerful sets need an OFCOM licence
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tspoon1981 on 18 Jul 2017
In reply to Richardlake:

I've used the Motorola T80 in winter a few times, pretty robust. I tend to put it in the chest pocket rather than clip it to my harness though.

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