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Okay folks, we are down one phone, so looking at our family strategy for communications. We got to thinking about walkie-talkies...

I like the idea of walkie talkies, especially because the only thing holding our phones in place is emergency communications.

I also bet I could get Clover's homeschooling buddies in on this, which serves as a *much* better device than a so-called "smartphone".

So please now bombard me with information about walkie-talkies and radio stuff for families. ^_^

@maiki first of all (and most important) what country are you in? (this makes a big difference due to frequencies/licensing etc). Be aware too most equipment that does not need a license transmits clear analogue audio (or even if digital something that is fairly easily decoded) so is not suitable for private comms and should be used with caution especially by children..

@vfrmedia Oakland, California, USA

Why is it used with caution by children? Please #ELI5. ^_^

@maiki because anyone with a similar radio tuned to the frequency. a radio scanner or RTL-SDR can listen in and hear everything that is being said..

There is a vet 1km away whose staff use these radios, using a similar set I can monitor their comms from one part of my house.they were reading the names of pets and their breeds out over the air, I was able to locate one doggo and their family within seconds ⚠️ 🕵🏽

Alex@rtnVFRmedia Suffolk UK @vfrmedia
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for the USA this is a possible service, although the privacy/security issues still apply (anything with digital/scrambler on is unlikely to be secure against even hobbyists. Luckily *most* radio enthusiasts are good people, but like every group of tech folk there are some bad'uns.)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_R