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Fun with Road Travel Communications

road communications, motorcycle communications, wireless radio, gmrs,The open road draws many people for short and long term road trips whether by car, truck, RV, and a favorite, motorcycles. Communication with others is available for these road travelers, and it can be ‘fun with road travel communications’.

Types of Telecommunication Devices

The ease of providing and accessing telecommunication devices specific for road traveling has made many options available. These various devices range anywhere from a mobile telephone, CB radios, Bluetooth, PDA’s, walkie-talkies, and other e-gadgets that have a variety of specialized features.

One of the more advanced options that is available to motorcyclists is the wired headset that allows both rider and passenger the ability to communicate while in transit. Who can carry on a conversation with the wind whipping by our ears and bugs flying into our mouth, eww! This sort of system is connected via wires but is required, to be manually disconnected and reconnected, when leaving the motorcycle for any length of time. A tiny inconvenience for a fun gadget, don’t you think?

Where does Thou find this Fun Gadget?

Local electronic stores, online, offline, and various mail order vendors offer to sell a few low power GMRS (General mobile radio service) radios which provide basic unit- to- unit communications but can’t be used with range extending repeaters. This would require the capability to transmit and receive in the 462- 467 MHz band plus provide ability for sub-audible control tones. One can also find used equipment and less costly models through various advertisements both online and offline from radio enthusiasts.

Wireless options  allow for a greater freedom. These are available in different frequency ranges which will make communicating with a passenger or other nearby bikers quite easy. Ability to communicate over larger distances will require use of a General mobile radio service, GMRS, which operates identically to a walkie-talkie system.

Staying Legal with your Communications Device

Legal requirements exist for the use or modification of a GMRS communication radios and are as follows ;

– A person is required to obtain a license
– Minimum age of 18
– Not be representative of a foreign government
– Your immediate family members are the only other eligible persons allowed to operate your radio
– Somebody with their own license can use your radio
– Fines up to $10K can be issued for un-licensed usage even if it’s a first offense, and more, for subsequent violations
– Not allowed to lend your own private license to anybody else
– Not allowed to connect to Public switch network
– No data transmit capabilities
– Restricted to specified channels only.

The popular method to apply for a license is online through the FCC website. A fee is required and will cover the application and usage fee, usually a 5 year term. Their web site will have instructions available and necessary contact telephone numbers for any assistance or questions.

No worries of getting bugs in your mouth and eyes, or road dirt, in your hair but get to have fun with this mobile communication system. An opportunity to discuss your road trip, sights, warnings, or gab for a bit, and great, for when the mobile phone isn’t working, you know, no signal?  We have the tools, right prices and now we’ll have communication 🙂

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Communications Satellites Orbit Fly By, what?

artificial satellites orbit Earth

Internet satellite providers have been around for quite a few years but had to overcome many problems and most importantly, deal with maintaining a reliable signal. Do you know how far they have improved?

A number of their past problems had to correct low bandwidth restrictions and high, abysmal rates of disconnections. Today’s satellites are manufactured with quality parts and more powerful therefore helping internet satellite providers, to overcome their own problems and gain equal ground with DSL and cable internet providers.

Artificial Satellites Orbit Earth

Satellites made by man are called artificial satellites whereas natural satellites refers to objects such as our moon. Artificial satellites fall into categories depending upon their purpose or mission, such as the following;

Scientific research
– Weather
– Communications
– Navigation
– Earth observing

The use of powerful radio transmission signals allows for internet connectivity, and gaining in popularity with their reliability and easy access, no matter how remote or on the road. The improvements in today’s communication satellites can relay digital television programs, telephone calls, broadband and DSL internet connectivity. Access to the world is literally in our hands once we get ourselves that satellite dish, modem and cables.

Fly high, medium, low Orbit satellite signals

Communication satellites can be found to orbit at various altitude orbits, again, depending upon their purpose and travel in one of four types of circular orbits, such as ;

High altitude, geosynchronous
– Medium altitude
– Sun-synchronous, polar
– Low altitude

Signals that are transmitted are quite capable at providing stability and wide coverage across the globe. They can work together relaying information between each other, and to users on the ground, maintaining a strong signal. Towers with ground satellites are set up on Earth that work with the satellite in orbit, relaying signals via transmission and receivers.

Many businesses will find today’s satellite internet provider to be quite reliable and a truly, superior technological tool whether they are at a fixed address or mobile. Today’s satellite internet providers can bridge the gap between no service, and opening communications for improving economic productivity, and especially during natural disasters when regular cell phone signals are out.

towers to transmit and receive signals via satellites in orbit

Careers in Satellite communications

The use of efficient satellite instrumentation techniques, computers, and miniature electronic technology in the design and construction of satellites have helped, to pave the way for an alternate source of internet connectivity for those in remote and rural areas.

Satellite internet service providers can now provide organizations with quick and cost effective access to the internet, send and receive communications without being stranded, in an emergency or disaster. Now, that’s quite a feat for us, don’t you think?

Careers in this field can be found in various areas of interest. First, of course working with satellites in orbit, is the Satellite Engineer. He ‘designs the programs’ that controls the orbit of the satellite, and it functions plus more. They are usually hired in defense and aerospace industries.

Other education requirements would be Bachelors degree in Aerospace engineering, Electrical or Mechanical engineering, and Master degrees. Working with satellites will require skills in electronics, electricity, aircraft and helicopter flight dynamics, space flight, maths, working on, or creating new technologies. An exciting, and challenging career choice. Average salaries can reach $117K annually. A Professional Engineer license, and security clearance may also be required.

stationary high, medium and low orbit artificial satellites

Other career choices can be found back on Earth too. One can enter the Aerospace Engineer technician program, as an alternative career. These professionals ensure safety of space crafts by building testing equipment, set up simulations, test and compile reports from data with these tests. Average salary for this career ranges up to $66K annually.

Electrical engineers can have interesting career choices too. Designing, creating and testing electrical components for vehicles, communication systems, and EV motors, are areas that need these skill sets. Average salary for this career ranges to about $99K annually. Check with your University of interest plus research job postings, to keep up-to-date with salaries, education requirements, and job trends.

The areas of aerospace may seem intimidating but isn’t that what we thought of high school before starting? Keep faith, and there’s always a tutor to help too. Dream big, you got this. 🙂

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