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So I'm hoping to go on a vacation where cellphones don't work. I'll want to keep in touch with the wife if she's shopping or something, so I was thinking of getting a handheld VHF unit. Thing is, I want to be able to use it when I'm wheeling too. Does anyone know if there's a handheld unit out there that can transmit / receive on both the VHF and the CB frequency bands?

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Off hand I don't know if there is a dual band hand held unit, but if there is these guys can probably either tell you and/or get you one.

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What VHF freq's were you looking for?
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IF your asking about VHF as in FRS radios and cb s, no there arent any radios that are capable of doing both because the radios use different frequencies.
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So I'm hoping to go on a vacation where cellphones don't work. I'll want to keep in touch with the wife if she's shopping or something, so I was thinking of getting a handheld VHF unit. Thing is, I want to be able to use it when I'm wheeling too. Does anyone know if there's a handheld unit out there that can transmit / receive on both the VHF and the CB frequency bands?

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Where US cellphones don't work or where cellphones period don't work?
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What distance are you trying to cover?

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Where US cellphones don't work or where cellphones period don't work?
Both. I need the CB for tail rides in the pines where phones may or may not work and also where they don't work at all.
Like in an isolated island chain in the Caribbean for example.

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What distance are you trying to cover?
I need it to send/receive out to about 5 miles from one island to another on the VHF frequencies and from rig to rig on the CB on trail rides.

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IF your asking about VHF as in FRS radios and cb s, no there arent any radios that are capable of doing both because the radios use different frequencies.Hope this helps some.
Right, CB is down around 27MHz and VHF is up between 30 and 300.

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What VHF freq's were you looking for?
Good question. Looking to find a handheld that will operate in both the Marine VHF band - 156 to 174 MHz as well as the 27MHz Citizen's Bands but I'm starting to think that the difference in freq's is just too large for one unit to handle.



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You're not likely to find a radio that does CB and VHF in one unit. The FCC likes to keep CBs and more powerful radios separate. Five miles is really pushing it for a handheld since they're usually limited to 5 watts.

A GMRS radio with an external entenna may do it in the open over water but not likely over land. My stock Midland gets out 3 miles max. Your best bet is a 2 meter ham radio in your vehicle. But, you'll have to get an amateur radio license for that. That will easily cover that distance.

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Both. I need the CB for tail rides in the pines where phones may or may not work and also where they don't work at all.
Like in an isolated island chain in the Caribbean for example.


I need it to send/receive out to about 5 miles from one island to another on the VHF frequencies and from rig to rig on the CB on trail rides.


Right, CB is down around 27MHz and VHF is up between 30 and 300.


Good question. Looking to find a handheld that will operate in both the Marine VHF band - 156 to 174 MHz as well as the 27MHz Citizen's Bands but I'm starting to think that the difference in freq's is just too large for one unit to handle.
VHF Marine is just that, Marine. Land mobile use is illegal. (but I'm not your mom)

In The U.S. there are alternative services available (Not sure about how this stuff would apply in a carribean nation), MURS VHF no license required, FRS UHF no license required, GMRS UHF license required (simple mail in application, no test). Of those GMRS offers the greatest range as power levels can be up to 5 watts and some radios allow the use of external antennas.

Many Jeepers are getting HAM (Amateur radio service) licenses these days. In recent years the licensing exams have become much easier (also no Morse code) and the entry level license allows the use of VHF & UHF radios with high output power and repeater linking.

Finding an inexpensive radio with HF (CB) and VHF (Marine) in one unit is not likely. Finding a handheld version i would dare say would be impossible.
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VHF Marine is just that, Marine. Land mobile use is illegal. (but I'm not your mom)

Finding an inexpensive radio with HF (CB) and VHF (Marine) in one unit is not likely. Finding a handheld version i would dare say would be impossible.
I would be using the VHF Marine in the islands and the CB here at home for trail ride com.

Looks like the FRS may be our best bet for the islands.

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And here I was moding up some cans with some string to bring to the next run.....
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Honestly for the islands if you do not have a world phone, renting a cellphone is probably your best option.

edit: I have yet to find a spot in the pines where my cell phone doesn't work.

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Honestly for the islands if you do not have a world phone, renting a cellphone is probably your best option.

edit: I have yet to find a spot in the pines where my cell phone doesn't work.
Need to keep that one quiet since last time we were out I told my wife that I had no reception which is why I din't return her multiple calls to see where the hell I was at and what time I was gettin home!! Also based on the last coupld runs underwater would be one place I think none of our phones would be functioning!!
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Need to keep that one quiet since last time we were out I told my wife that I had no reception which is why I din't return her multiple calls to see where the hell I was at and what time I was gettin home!! Also based on the last coupld runs underwater would be one place I think none of our phones would be functioning!!
Alright we'll keep it a secret.
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My son kept saying is that your phone dad?.....
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Honestly for the islands if you do not have a world phone, renting a cellphone is probably your best option.

edit: I have yet to find a spot in the pines where my cell phone doesn't work.
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I had Verizon and now have AT&T. Still no problems.
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