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Senior Advisor

Re: Communication

Cool thing about auto-steer and smart phones is we can till the ground and post to A.com at the same time.  Smiley Wink

 

Forgive me, I got off topic.

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Re: Communication

Yesterday, on agtalk, i read about a custom harvester that would take all the cell phones each morning(from his crew), give 'em back at noon, then collect 'em again, and give 'em back at night. I think the goal was to keep people "on task". I know a bin construction crew here that collects all the phones while working. Owner told me that it was a safety issue.

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Veteran Contributor

Re: Communication

I'll bet this guy is a big hit with the younger generation haha I can see their point but you can try to slow down progress but ya can't stop it.

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Re: Communication

We used to use FM radios, but with the new regulations and licensing we are researching our options.  CB's are out since there is a lot of 'land skip' (I think thats the term) where two CB's near each other can't hear each other because the signal gets bounced away.  (but then you might hear someone hundreds of miles away)  Cell phones are cumbersome to use, at least in this area coverage isn't great.  Most of my co-workers are text-illeterate.  We are thinking smoke signals??  We are looking at our options.

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Frequent Contributor

Re: Communication

Well, I bit the bullet today and ordered some UHF two ways and the FCC license.  They get plenty for that stuff for sure but seemed to be the best option for us.  "Salesman" said 10-15 miles with no repeater,  we will see.  We get our own channels and the license is good for 10 years.  Holding my breathe hoping it is worth the money.

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kim wcil
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Re: Communication

Everyone's needs are different, I realize, but I would hate to be without 2 way radios. I've had UHF radios for 20 years. I have my own repeater and can usually talk to anyplace within a 20 mile radius of my tower. Cell phones are fine and have a place, but for everyday communications..i.e. tractor to tractor, combine, truck, pickup, shop, etc. I use the 2 ways. I farm with a neighboring farmer and we each have radios in all our mobile equipment. We probably use them a hundred times a day in the busy season. That would get old with cell phones.
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Frequent Contributor

Re: Communication

Thought I would update a little while it rains, Got the 2 ways installed and so far are extremely happy with them.   We are getting a consistent 8-10 miles of clear talking and even as far as 30 at times if your in the right part of the field.  Seems to fit our operation very well. Thanks for all replies.

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