I think the best bet is really a voyage plan and time line you leave with a trusted friend. It doesn't run out of batteries and sets a time for people to start looking for you.I know this isn't specifically about installation, but I'm wondering what is the best or safest for me and my family when we are going on trips? CB, Ham, or some sort of satellite device like a garmin or something? If you get a garmin satellite communicator, then you don't need to install anything right?
Thanks man! I appreciate it! Next 20% off at REI im getting that.Now that is an awesome response. If you want I'll be your friend. My kids are grown and moved out. Can't think of anything more fun than rescuing a fellow Gladiator owner. If your wanting a panic button "Come get me and my Kids" I suggest an EPIRB. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/personal-locator-beacons.html
But between CB, or Ham I'd probably go ham since since it is monitored by more people for greater distances.
Good stuff! Thank you!Prior plan given to trusted friends or family is a good idea.
Garmin inReach is a great tool if you don’t mind paying a monthly fee. Spot is another option.
Ham is good for reaching long distances and there’s databases of repeaters in nearly any location you’re looking to go. The community is generally really helpful, and if you key up with some good coordinates on a busy repeater, I’d be willing to bet they’d send some help one way or another. There’s also digital modes where you can reach across the country by hitting a repeater connected to the internet, send data packets, GPS coords., etc. Ham has so many uses, options and is pretty constantly evolving. Just have to be willing to get through the learning curves.
CB is still somewhat relevant, both for communicating in your group rides, and also for reaching folks, especially if you’re near enough a highway.
GMRS is picking up popularity as well, but probably not your best option in an emergency with limited range and users.
Ideally you’d want to have more than one option. If you can self recover but might need help, hitting the Button on a satellite transponder could be potentially very costly. But if you really need help, especially with a family, I wouldn’t want to just rely on short range radio comms.
Take a look at the pics. I used the factory drilled holes on the inside of the bed. I used a piece of flat aluminum from Lowes and bent/drilled it to fit. Antenna wire is run under cab and comes up through a factory hole in the floor in front of driver's side rear seat. No drill and no fuss.Good stuff! Thank you!
The metal screw to the bed provides the grounding.What do you have behind your bracket ? Looks like rubber ? You need a good ground for it to work well. Is that a no ground plane antenna
Not true. It depends on where you are. In the South CBs are still used more than any other in groups in the woods. They are simple and don't require a license. GMRS is the next step up, but requires a $70 license for the whole family and then HAM above that. Problem with all this new tech is if you are in an area or in groups that don't have all the fancy radios you won't have anyone to talk to and will still need a CB if you want to communicate.If you are installing one for trail.riding purposes, most people have switched to a multi channel handheld radio. Better performance and less to jnstall/tune.
Where did you pick up that antenna? Looking to do this exact thing. Thank youTake a look at the pics. I used the factory drilled holes on the inside of the bed. I used a piece of flat aluminum from Lowes and bent/drilled it to fit. Antenna wire is run under cab and comes up through a factory hole in the floor in front of driver's side rear seat. No drill and no fuss.