Amateur radios can also talk to the internet, make phone calls (not gracefully though), send emails, etc and with the nationwide network of repeaters - you can talk from places cells can't go

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Comment by Angel on November 25, 2012 at 8:34am


It's all relative - one the one hand, it's no more complicated than an iphone, on the other hand  - you do need to take a test and get a license to use it.   But it ain't "rocket surgery or brain science"...

Comment by Paul Cooper on November 25, 2012 at 7:16am

Thanks for the information.

I guess this is not a set up for a rookie.

Again, Thanks!

Comment by Angel on November 24, 2012 at 5:39pm


Yes - That is the YAESU FTM-350  UHF/VHF Amateur radio.

What you are looking at in this picture is actually a functionality called APRS.  APRS is not found on all radios. It sends and receives a beacon so you can see who is "listening" or maybe get a weather report, or even have your progress tracked - if you want.

There are some tricks to making all of the parts play nicely - amateur radio, internet, etc... Another consideration is that this provides a redundant level of communication when traveling that is not based on cell towers. 

Hope this helps answer your question....


Comment by Paul Cooper on November 24, 2012 at 4:07pm


This is all new to me...Looks like a great way to go! Can you please tell me what brand that radio is.




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