Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New Amateur Radio Book in the Works

I am currently working on a new Ebook: "The Complete Guide to Yaesu's VX-6R", subtitled, "And How to Program it With The VX-6 Commander Software". Hoping to have it finalized and available for sale come late spring/early summer of 2012.

Monday, 31 October 2011

GMRS on the Water!

This summer has seen me writing more and listing to my scanner which scans both the marine channels and GMRS channels here in Barrie, Ontario. And you know what I have noticed? More and more people are adding GMRS radios to their boating activities. Sure, the marine VHF channels are still used for chit-chat, but many boaters are finding that inexpensive UHF GMRS hand-helds can do the same thing for shorter range communications. Since GMRS radios don't need a license, nor are there any air costs at all, even those boaters who are not required to have VHF radios are using GMRS radios. Just one of the many uses of GMRS that I have come across in my daily activities. Why not add GMRS radios to yours?


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Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the book, "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service," available as an electronic book through his website, or as a physical book from Cafepress.ca and Cafepress.com. To order the eBook of "The Compete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service", click here: http://www.phillipjboucher.com/gmrs_book_chpt1.html


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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Book Causing Concern with Business Radio Service Providers

I recently had a short note sent to me by a source who thought I should know that a member of a radio service provider company said, in a nutshell, that my book, "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service", which contains ways companies can either dump or supplement their commercial radio gear with GMRS equipment, was a threat to their business and industry. No kidding. Why would someone pay $500 or more for, or rent, a UHF two-watt two-way radio, when for under $100, and sometimes way under, they could get two GMRS radios that perform equally as well, including have the same features such as tone squelch and voice-operated transmit? They stress that GMRS frequencies are readily available to the public, while commercial frequencies are licensed and have fewer users, so the advantage of commercial is less interference in communications. Really! Does that justify the huge expenditure of money? Not in my opinion. There is no controversy. Two-watt UHF GMRS radios are just as good as commercial two-watt UHF GMRS radios. Cheaper, available anywhere, and they do the same thing. Why would anyone get commercial if they didn't have to? If commercial radio manufactures and service providers are so scared, they can simply slip me five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) Canadian under the proverbial table and I'll never talk about GMRS again. (And I will pay my taxes on that money, RC). That payoff is a simple drop in the bucket for Canada's commercial radio communications industry. Since I know that that will not happen, I encourage you all to read my book, buy and use GMRS radios for your personal, commercial, and official governmental activities, and tell the expensive two-way radio industry to take their heads out their behinds and understand that when it comes right down to two pieces of equipment doing EXACTLY the same thing, the lower-priced one will ALWAYS win out.

More companies jump on the GMRS bandwagon.

My daily routine sometimes takes me to various retailers and my observant eye has spotted many more of them using GMRS radios for both administrative and customer service tasks. Here's a list: Micheal's, dollar stores, Walmart, Future Shop, Staples, two grocery stores, and a few others. I was driving by a golf course and the grounds crew were conversing via GMRS. Five construction zones and GMRS was used at each one. Stopped at a Timmy's, waiting in one line, a police officer came in and stood in the other (I won't tell you what force it was though), and on his belt, right beside his VHF radio, was a GMRS unit! And on the highway I passed three tractor-trailers and they were not talking on CB's at all. They were talking on GMRS! The low cost and same quality/distance of GMRS radios compared to two-watt UHF business-band units means that anyone, you, me, your boss and co-workers, employees, and even government personnel, can keep in wireless communications without spending tons of cash on cellular service, or commercial radio equipment and operational expenses. With Christmas coming very soon, why not buy someone you know and love who needs wireless communications for personal or business use two or more GMRS radios? You can find them at Walmart, Canadian Tire, Costco, and many other retailers across Canada. Combine those with a copy of my book, "The Compete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service", and you will give a gift that will help them enjoy life and work much better.


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Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the book, "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service," available as an electronic book through his website, or as a physical book from Cafepress.ca and Cafepress.com. To order the eBook of "The Compete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service", click here: http://www.phillipjboucher.com/gmrs_book_chpt1.html


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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

GMRS Radios Popping Up in Business Use All over Canada

As my wife and I were doing our weekly shopping trip recently, at least three grocery and one dollar store that we went into were using GMRS radios. The employees were equipped either with straight hand-helds or using a VOX (Voice Operated Transmit) headset. The majority of use was to deal with administrative tasks such as calling for floats for the cash register, talking to the back of the house, and dealing with the proverbial "clean up in aisle four".

One employee used their radio to call to the loading dock to see if there were any more items available of a particular one we wanted that was on sale in their flyer. One quick call brought one out to us.

I have also seen more road work crews utilizing GMRS radios for traffic coordination and site communications. I even noticed the use of GMRS while in a computer store to purchase an enclosure for a hard drive.

Either these companies have been reading my book or blog, or have discovered on their own that GMRS is a viable alternative to expensive business-band UHF radios. Think of what this service can do for your company.

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Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the book, "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service," available as an electronic book through his website, or as a physical book from Cafepress.ca and Cafepress.com. To order the eBook of "The Compete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service", click here: http://www.phillipjboucher.com/gmrs_book_chpt1.html


Website: http://www.phillipjboucher.com

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

More Canadian Business Users Turning to GMRS

As I go about my day, I've been finding more and more Canadian businesses using GMRS radios for day-to-day wireless communications. Of course the construction industry, especially road work crews, have embraced GMRS. But even when I have gone into some grocery stores, small retail outlets, and even a library, employees are carrying around GMRS radios for customer service, staff management, stocking, cleaning, and many other activities. Since GMRS radios require no license or other fees to use, they are inexpensive alternatives to business-band radios. And in this economy, when short-range radio communications are required, the business radios are being dumped, and GMRS radios are being used. I pose a challenge to you. In your daily business activities, are there times when you could use cheap two-way radio communications? So why are you still using business band equipment?