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RE: GPS / CB Choices

I guess I confused the issue with GMRS. The radio I'm talking about is a Dual-Band Two-Way Ham Radio Transceiver UHF/VHF 136-174/400-520MHz. I understand that GMRS covers 462 to 467 Mhz, which is regulated by the FCC and requires a license and I see nothing about commercial use. The FMS also has frequencies in this range and a license is not required if the preset freq's FMS channels are used. On the other hand, 136-174 Mhz also requires no license and truckers shouldn't have any issues using the particular channels in the freq range provided they are approved channels. A few editorial comments on these statements: Family Radio Service (FRS) also restricts the power output lower than GMRS. 136-174 MHz covers a variety of frequency bands that certainly DO require license & Type Acceptance of the equipment, such as Marine Radio, Public Service, Business Radio, Military & Federal Government radio services. If it's truly a "Dual Band Ham Radio" transceiver, then it's covered under FCC Part 97 and cannot legally be programmed to transmit outside 144-148 MHz or 420-450 MHz. If it's potentially programmable to transmit and not just receive on other frequencies in 136-174 MHz, then it would have to be Type Accepted for that purpose -- and cannot be simultaneously approved under Part 97 Amateur Radio Service. Better check the specs for this radio carefully. It's probably saying Receive Only for 136-174 MHz. (I won't even discuss why most Chinese-produced radios can't get Type Acceptance but why the Japanese-produced units scrupulously qualify.)
thestoloffs 02/01/21 01:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Remembrances of vacuum tube days

There are tubes, and then there are tubes! Back in the "dark ages" (60's & 70's - my HS & college days), I used my 1st Class Radiotelephone license to work as an engineer for several 50KW clear channel AM stations in the Philadelphia area. Their transmitters were so big in the pre-solid state days that we actually walked inside the room-sized cabinets and took off all our jewelry before entering (to prevent RF burns). We had to wear white linen gloves to touch any of the tube glass parts, because a broken tube could explode violently. (No OSHA in those days?!)
thestoloffs 12/12/20 11:30am Technology Corner
RE: Gets-you-home insurance?

It seems like people are conflating several different types of insurance coverage. Some plans will drive your vehicles home if your family doesn't have a skilled driver remaining; others will not. Some will provide air fare &/or hotel coverage for family members to be at bedside, if appropriate. Some will cover air ambulance costs to take you from the accident scene to the closest hospital or clinic; some will cover it to the closest trauma center; and some will cover it all the way to your local trauma center or rehab facility near your home. It's all a matter of reading the policy terms VERY CAREFULLY before signing on the bottom line -- long before you need to use it!
thestoloffs 06/27/20 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Folding mattresses

Our 2010 Born Free Class C Mobility has a Flexsteel folding sofa bed, to achieve our mobility requirements. It has a coil spring base with an inflatable air mattress overlay within the same mattress cover. Today, you can get the same kind of mattress in the Air Dream mattress system. With daily folding use, our inflatable overlay lasted approximately 3 years before needing replacement. Good luck!
thestoloffs 05/09/20 09:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Prescriptions while on the road?

I have the same problem with CVS, as its sister firm Caremark is the Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) for my wife's State health insurance plan. Their computer automatically either sends a refill order to the pharmacy when 80% of the prescription or time since last refill have elapsed. If there's no refills left, it automatically sends a refill request to my prescribing MD's e-Rx system, where the overworked nurse sees that it's a maintenance medication AND AUTOMATICALLY approves the refill. This is DESPITE my written instructions to BOTH my Caremark account, my local CVS pharmacy, and my MD's SPECIFICALLY asking them to refuse automatic refills. {RANT ON} Their reasons: the local CVS says they can't control the national computer; my MD says that they don't send refill requests to the pharmacies anymore, but wait for an automated request from them; and national CVS does the automated "scheduled refill" "as a courtesy to their patients who can't keep track of so many prescriptions" -- HORSEHOCKEY! The MD's are just getting lazy and national CVS is doing this to boost their sales. {RANT OFF}
thestoloffs 04/23/20 10:40am Beginning RVing
RE: Sprinter Class B Wheelchair Accomodation (?)

Doug: Sorry to hear about your ailment. For DW's post-polio quadriparesis & electric scooter, we had Born Free custom build a 26' Class C on an E-450 chassis with a Ricon split-platform lift mounted at the rear door. We went that way for 2 reasons: 1. Because most disability parallel parking spaces aren't van-accessible ("right-hand ramp clearance"), and we tend to use parking lot spaces. We can pull into the spaces, or use 2 spaces back-to-back. 2. The real issue is having a turning radius inside the vehicle. With a side lift, you need 24"-36" turning radius at the end of the lift. If you're using a swivel on the driver's seat, you'll be running off the lift and hitting the commode. (It's even worse if you're using an electric transfer seat, since you can't pull the chair into the seat track area.) PM us if you want more information. DW is a retired rehabilitation counselor and purchased many vehicles for her clients, working with NMEDA-certified vehicle modifiers. (Sorry, but since Born Free closed, the pictures & video of our coach were lost in their web site disappearance.
thestoloffs 03/17/20 09:10am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
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