Why you need amateur radio in your RV

 Why you need amateur radio in your RV

We love to camp to get away from it all. But we do want to be able to get in touch with help should we need it when we are far off the beaten path.

We all rely on cell phones when we’re out there in our RVs. But what happens when there is no cell coverage and you need communications? That’s why you may want to get what I just added to my RV: A VHF/UHF amateur radio system.

First off, let me note that you need to have a license from the Federal Communications Commission to use amateur radio. That’s not all that difficult these days.

The system I have is so advanced that by using radio waves, GPS satellites and the Internet, I can communicate with anybody, anywhere in the world, any time I want. Let me show you.

My new amateur radio system consists of a small handheld transceiver that I can carry around with me– the Yaesu FT2D— and, mounted in my RV, a larger transceiver – the Yaesu 400XDR. Both operate on a specialized system called Fusion, utilizing both analog and digital formats that let you do some pretty amazing things. I particularly enjoy Fusion feature called WiresX that allows worldwide communication. I demonstrate it in the video.

Something else that is very cool: Suppose I have gone for a hike. But I get lost. I don’t know where the RV is or how to get back to it. My handheld transceiver can lock into it and display a map pointing me right back home. Conversely, if I was hurt and couldn’t transmit, the mobile unit in the RV will point right to where my I am out in the woods. I demonstrate that in the video, too.

One more thing. Using something called the Automatic Packet Reporting System – I can generate a map of my travels in my RV that will display in real time on a computer and can be shared with friends or family, so someone will always know where I am. With all the boondocking Jennifer and I do, that provides real peace of mind. Hey, I can even share it on my website, so readers can meet up with us.

See why amateur radio comes in so handy? For information on getting a license, check the resources offered by the American Radio Relay League at http://arrl.net

System Fusion as I use is a feature offered with many Yaesu Radios. You can learn more about it at https://systemfusion.yaesu.com/what-is-system-fusion

For information on the Automatic Packet Reporting System, see http://www.aprs.org

For information on Wires-X see https://www.yaesu.com/jp/en/wires-x/index.php  

There are other systems that offer similar capabilities to Fusion. See D-Star at http://www.dstarinfo.com and Echolink at http://www.echolink.org


Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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  • Great video!! 73s. Mike Keyes KE7ES

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