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Hayling wrote:You guys have peaked my interest in these Direct Talk phones. I've got a few newbie questions.
1) I'm assuming you don't need any phone contract in order for Direct Talk to work? You just buy the old phone, put a SIM card in it, and Direct Talk works?
2) These aren't just 2-way communication devices, right? Any phone on the same channel can communicate with all other phones on the same channel?
3) Sounds like the range ability is better than a standard FRS/GMRS radio. Is this correct?
RadioShooter wrote:What did you pay for the TriSquare radios? Our local Best Buy store has them in a two pack for about $89.00, so that is why I went with the i355's. The exrs is advertized at 1 watt, so is about double the power of the Nextels. I was concerned that the TriSquare might not hold up to rough use. If you have used them, let us know what you think. Too bad they don't make a ruggedized version with a longer antenna.
RadioShooter wrote:I have heard that a iden phone purchased from a Boost dealer may not work on Direct Talk due to hardware/software lockouts. However, I bought two Boost starter kits and put the sims in the former Nextel I355's and put them on a basic plan. The Direct Talk still works on them, so it is an option.
Chef wrote:There's a decent hand signal dictionary floating around the interwebs, pictures of a guy in a black balaclava and an MP5. I'm sure somebody here knows where to link to it.
Can't post the image itself for some reason.
I found out that the i355's can use the i325's fixed antenna. Do you have these on your radios? Seems like it would be better for tactical use than the pull out one. I have kept my eye's out for some headsets for them too. Also, are you familiar with the in-house repeater for Direct Connect? Could that be made into something interesting if only for the 902-928 ham band?
Murph wrote:Well, if they can hear you, chances are they can see you, and then chances are they can shoot you.
Anytime I've been out in the woods during the day, I generally see something moving long before I hear it.
At night you hear -everything- so unless you're fighting ninjas you should hear them coming. So unless you're gunna buy throat mics and all...
toecutter wrote:More importantly, if they can hear you, they can call a mortar strike on the position they think you are at. Also, if you can hear them, you may be close enough to stumble into any booby traps they set.
Slugg wrote:I kinda think artillery or mortar fire are out of the question currently. The only thing I could imagine is the old pipe bomb strapped onto a model rocket. But that is not accurate nor reliable from my expirience.. Boobytraps are still an issue +1 on that. Yes, backups like hand motions the hawk noise and colored smoke bombs are great ideas.
Stab74 wrote:Wow I love you guys. I was about to buy 2 cobra gmrs radios on sale but decided to check here first. Glad I did! Just ordered two i355's and two 32k sim cards on ebay and ordered 2 of the fixed antennas from one of the sites listed above. I have a buddy that lives .89 miles from me according to google earth that I would like to maintain secure comms with in an emergency. We both live downtown though so not sure if this will work. Will experiment with going to the top floor of my apartment building. If that doesnt work I'll try from the top floor of the high rise apartment building across the street. Will update when I get a chance to experiment.
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