Hand-held Radios: The recommended radio is the Midland GTX 1000 (aka Midland GXT1000VP4).
It is available on Amazon for less than $70 for a pair sold together here.
Or you can buy them here:
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Midland GXT1000VP4 Radios With Headsets and Charger $69.99 / $35.00 per radio.
Ask NRG Coordinator if interested in making a larger purchase for a discount.
Regular Radio Practice- Example
Christmas Tree Hill (CTH) NRG conducts monthly radio tests.
- This is done because radio use is such a vital part of disaster preparedness and response and Incident Command communications.
- Not only do the regular tests provide practice, but they ensure that radios are kept in working order and that reception issues are identified early and resolved.
- The annual radio test schedule is set up ahead of time and shared with all radio users.
- Calendar alerts/reminders go out a week before the test.
- Block Captains and Incident Command members take turns conducting the monthly tests using a script provided for the purpose.
- The tests are conducted on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM and the host does not call on people who have notified CTH NRG that they are unavailable for a particular test.
- The monthly radio test typically takes no more than 10-15 minutes to conduct.
- For assistance with the mechanics of setting up a regular radio test, feel free to email Anita Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips on Storing Radios and Batteries
- Because rechargeable batteries degrade, use disposable batteries.
- Store your hand held radios in your backpack separately from the disposable batteries in a ziploc bag.
- Store the batteries in the same direction (i.e., positive charged side of all batteries should face the same direction) and wrap batteries securely with a rubber band.
- Do not store batteries in your device.
- Remember to carry lots of spare batteries.