TDelta wrote:sigh, my reasoning for these is NOT to "go for the gusto" range-wise to displace FRS, I am attracted to the added features (SMS, selective calling, PRIVACY!)
These are viable trade offs against FRS/GMRS/MURS.
I am constantly amused by those that look for the "holy grail" radio. It doesn't exist.
To me, this is just another tool in my commo toolbox. It will probably displace the FRS units that the happy little band I am attached to use as "squad" radios.
OPSEC and COMSEC will be important components in the ZPAW
Given the limited signal radius of FRS/GMRS/MURS and presumably eXRS, it seems to me that the COMSEC advantage of eXRS versus everything else is going to be limited at best in the PAW/ZPAW.
Realistic range of even GMRS at 5W is between a few hundred yards and a few miles, depending upon terrain and weather conditions.
In a paintball/airsoft situation where you've got multiple teams roaming a limited combat environment - there's probably a real chance that someone on an opposing team could and would snoop your comms. They know you're out there, they're out to get you, they're equipped with similar gear, and they've only got 22 channels to scan. In this situation, I think the FHSS radio may present a significant tactical advantage.
But in the PAW/ZPAW... really, I would think the odds of being compromised because raiders snooped your comms would be very low. They would need to be within your very limited signal radius, have the right hardware to hear your signal, and be actively scanning FRS/GMRS channels to find potential targets. That's a pretty savvy raider. And if you were actually using comms in a live-fire environment, where you thought it was possible that hostiles could overhear, wouldn't you be sending in a coded fashion anyway, rather than speaking in the clear?
In my opinion (and that's all this is) I view SHTF comms as a means to reach other people, so that maybe we can work together and help each other to survive - even if it's just by exchanging useful information over the air. As a result, I'm more interested in signal strength and range, than signal security. But then, I'm not going to be leading a fire team of ninjas in the PAW, so to each his own. Equip for your mission.
3d6. That's how I roll.