Updated: Dec 23, 2020
Communications should be in the top 5 essential components for your trip. Most of us have a cellular device, which work well when they work and don't when they don't. SO, you need something to fill the void. I am going to be running Midland GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) and Dual Band Ham radios. Both GMRS and HAM require a license to operate on. GMRS license can be purchased without a test, Amateur Radio on the other hand requires a test to be passed. Depending on the level of radio use you are looking to get into will determine how many test you need to take. I am currently a Technician class HAM, pretty much entry level. The addition of a GPS device is also a good idea, such as the Garmin Overlander, inReach, and Rino. Short range FRS (Family Radio Service) walkie talkies work okay in a pinch, good for car to car within a tight radius.
Antennas are going to be mounted on ditch light extension brackets. 35” Dual band antenna covering both the UHF and VHF bands. Features 2 dB gain on VHF and 5dB on UHF. For use with the dual band radio. For the GMRS, a 32" whip antenna quadruples signal output. When maximum range is your goal. This long-range antenna is designed with a spring at the base and a coil at the center. The spring allows for extra flexibility to prevent damage from light, incidental contact when you’re traveling off the beaten path. For both radios, the 3dB gain antenna doubles signal output. The compact design of the “Ghost” antenna ensures a solid connection to your vehicle and reliable, clear communication while you’re on the road. At only 3.5” tall, the low-profile antenna blends in so well to your vehicle you won’t even know it’s there, all the while withstanding anything the environment can throw at.
Mounted in the center console are both radios. MXT400 MICROMOBILE®TWO-WAY RADIO & DBR2500 DUAL BAND AMATEUR TWO-WAY RADIO.
Both radios are connected to the Switch Pros SP9100, switch 8 35A circuit.