GMRS/FRS static, call button not working, which channel?
We want to use our 2 Bell South walkie talkies on a cruise we are taking. 1. One if the walkie talkie gives off constant static. 2. When using the call button, the other does not show which channel. 3. How does one know which channel the other is using? 3. Tell me how to successfully use this to communicate on a large cruise ship. I have read the directions. They are not working according to the directions.
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What is your question about using the walkie talkie? These are standard FRS low power walkie talkies. You need to set both to the same channel. Turn both on. Push the transmit button and speak into the microphone which is on the face of the radio. You should hear the voice in the other walkie talkie.
Note; all of these FRS talkies have substantially less range than advertised. They should provide reliable service within about 1/4 mile line of sight, no more. In an urban environment with lots of buildings you will get less.
"Mon" is short for "Monitor" and is usually a feature that allows you to momentarily break the squelch (signal filter) and hear anything being transmitted on that frequency. That includes static if there's no transmissions. It allows you to listen for a weak signal that can't break the squelch threshold you have set. Some radios allow you to lock it open by pressing and holding the MON button for a few seconds. Turn the feature off my doing the same thing.