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TWRS-120 - Radios for Winter Weather Preparedness

Two Way Radio Show
We tell you how to choose the correct radios for your winter emergency preparedness kit. We also review the Midland WR400 Deluxe NOAA Weather Radio with Alarm Clock.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:19

Discussion Topic 1:37
We discuss how to choose the right radios for your needs when building an emergency preparedness kit for winter. We'll explain why a radio is an important item to have in any kit, consider the different types of emergency radios available, and compare the key features and functions between some name brand emergency and weather radios.

Commercial Break 32:15
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 33:11
We review the Midland WR400 Deluxe NOAA Weather Radio with Alarm Clock.

Questions and Answers 38:58
Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 44:39
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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2 thoughts on “TWRS-120 - Radios for Winter Weather Preparedness”

  • Danny Feemster
    Danny Feemster April 12, 2018 at 5:51 pm


  • Rick

    Hi James,
    The point I was making in the show was that there is NO official single designated emergency channel on the FRS or GMRS in the US. There is a channel unofficially designated by some GMRS groups for emergencies, but it isn't widely known about or used, and I emphatically stated this in the podcast. (for clarification, it is channel 20. Since it is unofficial, I felt there was no need to elaborate on it or promote it). Now, there may or may not be a channel reserved for emergency use in other countries, but since we are based in the US and are under the jurisdiction of FCC rules, if other countries have one, we are not aware of it.
    I did also make it clear (or so I thought) that ALL the FRS and GMRS channels are usually monitored by emergency communications teams such as ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) during emergency events. This is because during an emergency, any GMRS channel can be used for emergency communications, as specifically stated in the FCC rules.
    §95.1731 Permissible GMRS uses.
    (a) Emergency communications. Any GMRS channel may be used for emergency communications or for traveler assistance. Operators of GMRS stations must, at all times and on all channels, give priority to emergency communications.

    After listening to that part of the episode again, I realized that I probably should have elaborated on it a bit more to avoid confusion. We sort of glossed over a few discussion points because we were trying to get out a lot of information in an episode that was supposed to be timed for a 15 minute segment (we were shooting for a shorter, 25 minute episode due to the holidays and it went long at 43 minutes.)
    We have a scheduled break for the podcast for the month of January. Once we resume episodes in February, I'll make a note to address your comment on the show so we can clarify it further for everyone. Thanks for pointing it out!

  • James

    Airing a show on prepping for disaster without knowing if proper channels exist on FRS/GMRS radios is disappointing. Even more so if they really don’t exist.


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