babo: Walkie-Talkies or Cell Phone?

Walkie-Talkies or Cell Phone?

3 Aug 2020 at 08:10am
Have you ever lost a child? I did once. On a camping trip in Yellowstone National Park. Through a series of miscommunications, my eight-year-old son disappeared. For a terrifying thirty minutes, I didn't know where he was or if he was safe.

Thoughts of the dangers assailed my mind; steep cliffs, a raging stream, wolves, and bears! Fortunately, I located him well before dark, but I'll never forget the experience. Those few minutes scarred my psyche forever. After that, my family never ventured into the wilderness without a set of walkie-talkies looped around each slender wrist.

When your children (or spouse) have outgrown a leash or simply refuse to wear one, it's time to invest in a set of walkie-talkies. Time for dinner and the kids out playing hide 'n seek? Not sure which neighbor is hosting the slip and slide today? Wife stuck helping the neighbor clean her kitchen. Yep! Use the walkie-talkie.

After the Yellowstone experience, my kids carried their walkie-talkies like some kids carry their cell phones, as did my spouse. Now, I can almost hear you saying, "Why not just use the cell phone rather than invest in walkie-talkies?" My answer: cell phones don't always work, especially in the mountains. In fact, my cell phone doesn't work in my back yard!

Personal walkie-talkies, however, are generally designed to give easy access to all available channels within the device's specified allocation, which means one is not limited by the location of cell phone towers.

Now to serious matters. The use of a walkie-talkie could be a real life-saver in a disaster. Imagine for a moment that an earthquake struck your home during the night. You and your spouse are on the ground floor; your children are in bedrooms on the second level, and your house is damaged. Electric power has failed, so there are no lights, no heat...and no phones.

Communication via a walkie-talkie could instantly reassure a trapped child that help was on the way, locate a lost family member, or provide instructions that could possibly save a life.

They are available in a wide range of prices from inexpensive analog units sold as toys up to rugged, water proof analog and digital units for use on boats or in heavy industry.

For home use, I suggest the mid-range walkie-talkie. The very inexpensive may not hold up to the rigors of teenage usage, the very expensive ones won't get used. Human nature will rule and the expensive ones will get put in a drawer where they "won't get wrecked." A mid-range set has more chance of being used!

If you have trouble getting your kids to carry a walkie-talkie, buy one that features your child's favorite cartoons. There are some featuring Hello Kitty, Sponge Bob, Lego's, Phineas & Ferb Perry-Diculously and others. These are low-powered editions created for short-distance use only so are perfect for use by families at home or neighborhood.

For longer distances, it is best to purchase a more powerful set the type used in any setting where potable radio communications are necessary, including those used by businesses, public safety officials, and the military.

They can be fun for home and recreational uses. However, in the event of an emergency, the walkie-talkie becomes an important emergency tool.


  • 3 Aug 2020 at 08:21am
    With Christmas just around the corner, chances are you're looking for gifts for children in your life. An option that you could consider is the walkie talkie headset that seems to be in every store wherever you go. These toys seem to be making a comeback and are somehow in demand. walkie talkie set

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