Radios are a great way to communicate with others, especially if cell phones are down. However, radios do have a limited range in which they can operate, particularly lower-end ones. Sadly, unless you pay a pretty penny for a radio, you may not have a good range with it. Fear not, there is a way you can modify your radio to double your range, and this workaround is cost-effective.
All too often, money is a large factor when purchasing a new radio. Of course, it would be nice to get away with buying an inexpensive model. But you know what they say? “You get what you pay for” when buying most items. However, there is a simple modification you can perform that can double your radio’s range. Best of all, it only costs about ten cents.
All you need is a 20-inch piece of stripped wire. (A phone cord or bell wire tends to work best for this task.) Connect this stripped piece of wire to the “ground” of your radio’s antenna. For most hand-held transceivers, this is as simple as unscrewing the antenna enough to insert the wire. Then, all you have to do is screw the antenna back down. It’s a simple, quick, and cheap improvement to your radio you can do in a matter of seconds.
Radios have been used to communicate for decades and have proven to be quite reliable. Check out the best way to communicate after a disaster. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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