How To Improve Your Activism and Community With Two Way Radios

bluetooth radioWithout giving too much about this radio earpiece short article, but I thought it exciting and related to what I’m now doing.

Why do government agents use two way radios? Because they work! One of the most useful tools I’ve ever purchased, is my handheld two way radio. I had first bought a couple of them when I was living in New York and was going kind of crazy with the whole prepper thing. I quickly realized they were basically useless because I didn’t know anybody else with a two way radio.

That all changed when I got to Keene, New Hampshire, and saw how powerful these devices could be. They were mostly using marine band VHF radios at the time, and I realized I could tune my VHF radio into those frequencies. The libertarian community there uses these radios regularly, along with a group text messaging system they call “Keene 411?. The ability to instantly communicate with other activists proved to be very useful, and built a sense of community and comradery that I have yet to see elsewhere.

They have become so effective at “Robin Hooding” that parking enforcers actually run away from them. They use the radios to track down the parking enforcers, and alert other activists to their location, so they can put coins in parking meters before the meter maid can write a ticket. Additionally, if someone is pulled over, or otherwise harassed by government agents (or anyone else for that matter) you can simply radio for help, and activists will show up with cameras.

At its most basic level, this is so easy to replicate, it’s a wonder more people haven’t already done it. Just buy a radio for yourself, and encourage a neighbor to do the same, agree on a frequency/channel, and talk. The most difficult part is getting people to buy the radios and monitor them on a regular basis. Once they are in regular use however, once people see their friends using the radios, everybody is going to want one, and they will become a regular part of your daily life.

The question everybody jumps to, is range. “How far can these radios communicate?”. There’s no easy answer to that question. It depends on frequency, transmit power, interference, topography, antenna type, antenna height, construction, trees, the curvature of the earth, weather, and more variables than I care to list. There’s a website that can help you estimate the potential distance of your transmission, called CloudRF. They also make a very useful android app called RFSignal, which I have purchased. This is more for repeaters and towers though, we’ll talk about repeaters later.

If you go to Target/Best Buy/Walmart and buy a walkie talkie, it’s probably a 22 channel GMRS/FRS radio. This stands for General Mobile Radio Service and Family Radio service, respectively. They will tell you that the radios have a maximum distance of 2 to 50 miles, and that’s almost complete nonsense. Unless you have line of sight, as in, no obstacles between you and the person you’re communicating with, these radios will not communicate very far at all. I’ve tried to use them on job sites, and been unable to communicate with coworkers inside the same building.

FRS legally requires no license, is limited to 500 miliwatts, and must have a fixed antenna.

GMRS legally requires an FCC license, which you can purchase for $85, but there is next to zero enforcement on this, and the FCC has proposed to remove the licensing requirement. With an FCC license, you can legally transmit on these frequencies at up to 50 watts, and use pretty much any antenna you like, so long as the antenna is not more than 20 feet above the ground, or above the tree to which the antenna is mounted.

This just in… As I was writing this article, and browsing the FCC website for regulatory information, they shut down the website, because of the government shutdown. Now, they haven’t actually gone dark, they just put this silly message on their site. “We regret the disruption, but during the Federal Government-wide shutdown, the FCC is limited to performing duties that are immediately necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property. FCC online systems will not be available until further notice.”

The funny thing is, for that message to display, they have to keep their servers up and running, which is what incurs the expense. They just made their content unavailable, I guess to “punish” us for not going along with their incessant demands for greater and greater funding. How childish… Good thing I have absolutely no intention of complying with any FCC regulations, shutdown or no shutdown.

In any case, the radios that you buy in retail stores, while they are capable of communicating on GMRS frequencies, do so under FRS standards. They are half watt radios with fixed antennas, even if you buy a “high power” radio, they usually only transmit at one watt. The upside to these devices is, they are widely available, many people already have them. The downside is, they don’t communicate very far, and some of them can be very expensive.

The other type of hand held radio you can buy in some stores is a marine band radio. These are usually 5 watt radios, and will communicate much further than the FRS/GMRS radios. The downside is, these are illegal to use on land, and very few people have them. You also might run into a lot of interference if you live near the water, as I do when I’m in New York, and these radios don’t use privacy codes. You can also buy a more high power marine band radio for your home or vehicle, but these will often cost upwards of $200, and transmit at 25 watts.

The ultimate answer, for handhelds, is to buy an open dual band hand held two way radio. I have two of these, a Baofeng UV5R, and a Puxing PX-888k.

These radios transmit at 5 watts on the VHF frequencies, and 4 watts on UHF. You can tune them into the GMRS frequencies, or marine band frequencies. They can use privacy codes to eliminate interference from other radios in the area. They can also use repeaters, which the retail radios cannot.

I prefer the Puxing to the Baofeng, it has some extra features like voice scrambler, the belt clip is also more sturdy, and the newer ones can act as a cross band repeater. The Baofeng however, is a lot cheaper, about half the price.

Either one will suit your purposes just fine. Yes, these are affiliate links, I get paid if you buy them from here. But that’s not my motivation for displaying them, I really want more people using these radios. The more of us who have them, the more useful they are.

Once you have the radios, you can manually tune to the frequency you want to use, or you can program in channels. To program channels using a computer you will need a special programming cable, and programming software. The software is free. You can download the Puxing programming software here (Just find your model number). You can download the Baofeng programming software here. Below you will find a link to the programming cable, unless you’re using an ad blocking plugin for your browser, in which case, buzz off. This cable will work for both of these radios, and many others as well.

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Bluetooth Headphones Review: Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

So i discovered this article on the internet and i was told that just posting it as the whole piece isn’t a good thing, I got permission from the original author and read up the way to curate articles, so this is it…….i thought this was interesting as it highlights some of the highs and lows that I encountered when i was working inside the business.

events san joseMany people often whine that bluetooth headphones are pricier than their features deserve. But, those who have tried the Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headset hardly have any reason to whine. The price, not really sky-high, is worth every cent.

The Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headset belongs to the circumaural-closed type of bluetooth headphones. This technical term simply means that the headphones’ earcups will enclose your ears, as in earmuffs. It is also a headband type of headset, which essentially means that it will hang over your head to keep it in place. Being circumaural, the design of the Sony DRBT50 is intended to supply passive noise reduction, and the unit does it superbly, too.

Despite enclosing your ears, the headset’s cups will hardly cause discomfort or fatigue, even if you use the bluetooth headphones up to its maximum of 17 hours (approximately) play or talk time. The reason for this convenience is the well-designed and durable cushioning on both the earcups and the headband.

Unlike most other bluetooth headsets, the Sony DRBT50 offers true multipoint capability. That means your bluetooth headset is not limited to 2-device or 3-device simultaneous pairing. Instead, pair it with up to 8 other gadgets. With easy and accessible touch-sense function buttons on the headset, those devices are easy to operate and control. Though, the buttons can be somewhat confusing to a new user, they become almost second nature once you become familiar of their respective functions.

As for the sound, the Sony DRBT50 produces crisp and clear sound along with deep bass. Audio quality is one of the things you’re paying for, so the Sony DRBT50 won’t skimp on that. Nothing less than top-quality neodymium magnets are used in the earcups. The microphone, on the other hand, produces a sound quality that is acceptable and more than enough for making voice calls.

One of the distinctive highlights of this model is its replaceable battery. Not many bluetooth earphones have this. If they do, it probably won’t be as well-documented in their user manuals as in the Sony DRBT50’s. Apart from that, this model’s battery power can take you through about 17 hours of non-stop use. If you use this device for work, you should be able to end your work day and still have enough power to use your device for a few more hours.

The Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headset indeed showcases a lot of wonderful features despite its ordinary-looking appearance. After all, bluetooth headphones are not judged only by their exterior looks but also, and more importantly, by their sound quality and convenience to the user.

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Entrepreneurs: It’s all about the money

What is your favorite feature of the earpiece? In my opinion, I much like the design job – Its cooler than an Inuit’s underpants!

Finance – whether it is available or not – can prove to be crucial in helping a business grow or even get off the ground.

The issue of funding can be particularly acute when businesses are starting out.
When BBC Scotland first visited a group of entrepreneurs last year, we met them in a large office in the Gorbals in Glasgow where they were taking part in the Entrepreneurial Spark business start-up accelerator programme.

It is designed to help businesses get up and running successfully and, as its website puts it, “to drive entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours”.
The whole office is known as the hatchery and the businesses as chicklets – and its aim is to help them fly the coop.
Some of them have now done that, and we have revisited a number of them to ask how they are managing to finance their businesses.

Victoria Bisland and Anne Widdop Anne Widdop, founding director of both Fuze Ceremonies and Essential Funerals, says the business is at a “pivotal stage”.
It provides humanist ceremonies for different stages in life.
“We’ve proved the concept works, I think we’ve done tremendously well with a very small team of people,” she says.
“We are at a vulnerable stage from an investor coming in and trying to just take over your idea by offering you desperately needed investment or you just can’t grow.”

Victoria Bisland and Anne Widdop are providing humanist ceremonies The company has progressed over the last few months.
According to operations and training director Victoria Bisland, last year the business conducted 120 weddings, about 100 funerals and 20 baby namings.
But there are frustrations too. Seed funding for the business has come from Ms Widdop herself and she feels she is “pretty much at my limit of what I can personally invest in this business”.

What they make is ploughed back into it, but they now need investment, particularly in their website.
“There are a number of options,” muses Ms Widdop.
“You either try to raise finance through investors, which is really challenging because they want equity in return.
“If you wanted to get £20,000 from an investor, you’d be giving away 60% or more of your company. Why would you do that as a start-up – you just wouldn’t.”

They have not had success so far in getting money from a bank and are exploring other routes like loan funds, competitions and awards.
Ms Widdop adds: “If we can’t get at least £10,000 investment now we’ll probably achieve, I’m hoping, at least 10-20% on what we’ve done last year. But I’d like to achieve 100% on last year.”
Paul Bain and Claire McArthur Contemporary country duo Raintown are looking at a rather different source for funding their musical ambitions.

One half of the group, Paul Bain, says with all the changes in the music industry, you “need to come from a business foundation” as well as be creative.
Country band Raintown are looking at crowd funding They have been investigating the idea of crowd funding. The model they are looking at involves putting their project online, explaining how much they are looking for and persuading people to invest by giving away rewards.

“For the music industry it tends to be a bit more sexy – is that the word?” says Claire McArthur, the other half of Raintown.
“So if someone pledges £20 towards the funding of your next album, you can give them an album, maybe a signed CD, maybe a signed DVD, a poster.
“As the pledges get bigger, if someone pledges £100 they could maybe get to star in your next music video or maybe get to go out for dinner with Raintown.”

Mr Bain says they have been told that a decade ago the group might well have been on their second album by now and already touring, but things have now changed as far as funding is concerned.
He adds: “We need to be more inventive – because it’s not easily accessible is not a good enough reason not to find another way to do it.”
Marie Rogers “Things have gone really well,” says Marie Rogers of Total Sales Solution Ltd, which provides sales support and training specifically to start-ups and small businesses.

Marie Rodgers says she wants to stay “in control” of her business. She says her business is financing itself.
“As I acquire new clients, that allows me to then grow the business and take on extra employees etc, so I’ve never had any investment apart from the business constantly producing its own sales,” she tells me.
She says part of her would like some investment but only as long as she stayed “in control” of her business.

She would like to have more access to funding but as a sales company, she feels she “falls through the cracks a little bit”.
She adds: “What I’ve produced is a company that from day one has been able to pay its own bills and actually grow as a company, and in this kind of economy it’s proven the value of what I do.”
Steve Broadfoot Ear protection developer Steve Broadfoot is also looking for money to back up his business.

He explains: “In my naive state I used to think I didn’t actually need finance because there wasn’t any major research and development required, but I’ve since been educated that in order to take something to market there’s a gap between your costs and actually getting income – so yeah, I do need finance.”
Steve Broadfoot is making ear protection for the music industry His product, LugPlugs, is a personal hearing protection system mainly for the music industry and specifically for audiences, but they could also be used in other loud noise environments such as construction sites.

He says last year was about protecting intellectual property rights, costing manufacturing and getting samples made up, while this year will be about actually taking the product to market.
The finance he needs is to back up patents and legal fees “because if you don’t protect your intellectual property rights, you don’t have a business”.
“The frustrating thing,” he explains, “is that you’re either up for investor sharks, who are basically trying to get as much of your business, get their money back and then sell it on, or you feel that you just have to put yourself into endless competitions.

“So you feel as if you need to actually set up a business and become an expert in entering competitions, as opposed to just getting your business up and running.”
He says help from his mother has been crucial and that in the search for finance he is looking for advice and mentoring as well as simply money.
The start-up companies have been given advice on financing as part of BBC Radio Scotland’s Business Scotland programme. Hear what angel investor Ian Ritchie and corporate lawyer Andy Ley of HBJ Gateley have to say on the subject at 6:05 on Saturday and again at 10:05 on Sunday.

The programme will also be available by free download.

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Trace Adkins Defends Wearing Confederate Flag Earpiece at Tree Lighting

bluetooth 4.0 speedWith a great deal of information on the web about earpiece’s it’s hard to find the best and most truthful articles. here’s an article from a reputable website that i believe to be accurate, don’t quote me on it but please read and enjoy

Country singer Trace Adkins is defending wearing a confederate flag decorated earpiece during the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

The decision to sport the earpiece sparked criticism across the Web by those who view the confederate flag as a symbol of racism and oppression. Adkins posted this note on his personal blog: “As a proud American I object to oppression of any kind. To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage – I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle.

I advocate for the preservation of America’s battlefields and honest conversation about our Country’s history.

To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense.”

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Start Using Manufacturing Marvels Such As Plantronics Headsets So You Can Get Ahead In Business

security resumeSo to continue my run of articles on this website, I have planned to share one of our favorite content pieces this week. I used to be hesitant to include it to this site as I really didn’t wish to offend the original author, but I trust he/she is glad that I loved reading their work and planned to share it with my readers.

The phone rings incessantly on a workplace that has been left unmanned by one of your employees. In the mean time, on the other end sits a group of possible shareholders with a prospect of different startups they’re thinking about of funding. Your current telephone is constantly ringing until eventually, the purchasers stop and move on to another fortunate brand new company on the list. And you then wake up all exhausted and anxious concerning the future of your company. The very first thing you decide to do will be to get in touch with your secretary and get a long odd talk about possibly not departing his desk – ever – except for bathroom breaks, therefore you maintain your web page along with your social networking site contain all of your contact details.

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