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    “You need to resist the temptation to communicate via words that are not your own and which only vaguely apply to your specific situation.” -R. Waterland

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    • 3d9fce4d-1404-436f-b07f-f3cb82377cec_d.jpg(an actual road sign in Trenton, TN)
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      • Is that because they can’t count any higher there?

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        • I don't actually know the story behind it. But if you find out what it is, please share.
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          “You need to resist the temptation to communicate via words that are not your own and which only vaguely apply to your specific situation.” -R. Waterland

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          • Originally posted by R.Murphy View Post


            I don't actually know the story behind it. But if you find out what it is, please share.
            "Grew up in Trenton and was friend of Mayor Lawler in the early 1960s when the 31MPH speed limit was adopted. The mayor and aldermen could not agree on either 30 or 35 MPH speed limit. 31 was proposed as a (tongue-in-cheek) compromise. It was adopted and has stood as the posted speed in the town of 5000 ever since."

            https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/4095

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            • Great, Thanks for the link to that article The gf now wants to visit the teapot collection.

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              • The drive portion on the Devil's Highway if very remote. There is no cell phone coverage for most of the leg and if something happens to you or your car, you could be 3 hours from the nearest tow truck. Other drives on this road that I've gone on use a higher power FM radio than the FRS that is common on most drives. The Bao Feng radios (Amazon, $40) are more powerful than the ubiquitous FRS radios. The Bao Feng radios are 4 to 8 watts of power and work well in these desolate areas. I suggest that these radios be used instead of FRS radios.

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                • Originally posted by AZS2KDancer View Post
                  The drive portion on the Devil's Highway if very remote. There is no cell phone coverage for most of the leg and if something happens to you or your car, you could be 3 hours from the nearest tow truck. .
                  We are aware of the remoteness of the location and the lack of cell service. Do you know how to use your baofeng radio to call for emergency roadside service (tow truck)?
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                  "Wait... r.murphy isn't a dude?"
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                  “You need to resist the temptation to communicate via words that are not your own and which only vaguely apply to your specific situation.” -R. Waterland

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                  • The problem with a BaoFeng UV-5RH radio is you stand a chance of having the FCC contacting you if you run it at anything but it's lowest setting (1W and even then that's 0.5W too many) and even then you need to know what frequencies you can operate on without license. Roadside assistance is usually channel 9 on CB frequencies, which this radio is not capable of transmitting on according to the specs. To find out if there is VHF/UHF channels for roadside locally, would require research.

                    Basic licensing would give you access to GMRS and up to 5W transmission power, but you're probably safest sticking to the FRS radios unless you're willing to get the licensing and learn the ins-and-outs of various spectrums of radio transmission and the rules regarding those.

                    I found a nice overview here: https://www.itstactical.com/digicom/...hy-you-should/

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                    • Thanks Michael! I had looked at these radios before and ruled them out for our purposes due to licensing issues, etc., particularly in most of the areas where we normally drive.

                      I'm not averse to someone in the group having one for emergency purposes, but it's only useful if the needed research on how to program one for use in contacting emergency services is done beforehand. For most needs, the FRS radios are good for car-to-car transmission if those using them get on them quickly. And of course there is the rule of not losing sight of the vehicle traveling behind you.
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                      -Roseanne

                      "Wait... r.murphy isn't a dude?"
                      California Dreamin'


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                      “You need to resist the temptation to communicate via words that are not your own and which only vaguely apply to your specific situation.” -R. Waterland

                      Oh bugger!

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                      • I learned a long time ago to keep an eye on the car in front of you and in back of you at all times when traveling in pairs or more. I don't see that used much in most of the group drives that I've been on in California or Arizona. There have been exceptions, yet, being a bit more cautious in some circumstances, I often don't mind volunteering for tail duty, as I'll come in behind others more experienced.

                        I'm going to read that article and makes some inquires about licensing. We used the Bao Feng radios on a Double Devil Drive about a year ago. They worked fine in that remote area.

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                        • Originally posted by R.Murphy View Post
                          Thanks Michael! I had looked at these radios before and ruled them out for our purposes due to licensing issues, etc., particularly in most of the areas where we normally drive.

                          I'm not averse to someone in the group having one for emergency purposes, but it's only useful if the needed research on how to program one for use in contacting emergency services is done beforehand. For most needs, the FRS radios are good for car-to-car transmission if those using them get on them quickly. And of course there is the rule of not losing sight of the vehicle traveling behind you.
                          You're welcome. My suggestion from my own experiences would be have your spare, make sure it's aired up (60 psi), and keep your awareness on the road surface during the drive. I managed to find a rock in the shadow of a tree about 20 miles outside of Alpine, AZ (I didn't dodge around it fast enough and got a hole in my sidewall). I had to drive all the way to Show Low to find an open tire shop with an appropriate sized tire (it was the weekend) and that's a 75 mile drive west of Alpine. I've not had that issue in the times I've driven it since, but it's something to be aware of.

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                          • Indeed!

                            One of the benefits of traveling with a group is we end up with the collective resources of said group. So, in theory, there are multiple spares and wherewithal to make use of whatever is available.

                            Glad you will be with us!
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                            -Roseanne

                            "Wait... r.murphy isn't a dude?"
                            California Dreamin'


                            ***

                            “You need to resist the temptation to communicate via words that are not your own and which only vaguely apply to your specific situation.” -R. Waterland

                            Oh bugger!

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                              -Roseanne

                              "Wait... r.murphy isn't a dude?"
                              California Dreamin'


                              ***

                              “You need to resist the temptation to communicate via words that are not your own and which only vaguely apply to your specific situation.” -R. Waterland

                              Oh bugger!

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                              • I have extra FRS Radios that I can bring, as well, if someone doesn't have their own.

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