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ranidayz
02-12-2010, 10:54 AM
last time we cruised, the overwhelming opinion was that so many people had them that the signals were spotty or always crossed. has that improved at all? is there any better way of communicating with family members onboard besides the white-board?

thor205
02-12-2010, 12:14 PM
subbing! :)
My parents are semi-disabled so we need a way to communicate without us having to rely on the whiteboard or run all over looking for them!

Lyndz
02-12-2010, 04:00 PM
I have the same issue..

tvguy
02-12-2010, 04:13 PM
Generally speaking, they won't work very well inside the ship simply because because of all the metal. The operate on what is known as "line of sight"....both radios must be able to have an unobstructed (specifically no metal) line between them.

If you HAVE to be in contact with each other, a cell phone would be the answer. It will be VERY expensive, but it will be the only reliable way if you really have to be in touch.

thor205
02-12-2010, 05:05 PM
Cell phones aren't an option I'm afraid. I'm not paying an arm and a leg just to ask "Where ya at?". They can put a man on the moon but you can't communicate on a cruise ship. *sigh*:confused3

tvguy
02-12-2010, 08:40 PM
Cell phones aren't an option I'm afraid. I'm not paying an arm and a leg just to ask "Where ya at?". They can put a man on the moon but you can't communicate on a cruise ship. *sigh*:confused3

Well, actually, "They can put a man on the moon but you can't communicate reliably for free on a cruise ship".

szubieta
02-12-2010, 11:27 PM
If they would switch to cell phones like RCCL has...no problem mon! :thumbsup2 Haven't been on DCL yet and I'm praying they switch by our cruise next year. :worship: :wizard:

Galactus
02-12-2010, 11:44 PM
You can also buy a quality Walkie Talkie. I use Blackbox radio's UHF band walkie talkies. They have 4 watts of power and they work well on the Disney Wonder. UHF works better than VHF for penetrating walls. The walkie talkie is military grade. You can buy them from blackboxradios.com but they are cheaper on Ebay at about $120. Check them out. Reception is exceptionally clear compared to other radios but you get what you pay for.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Others will say that you need a license to use these but for the last 5 -7 years I have used them everywhere in the US including Disneyworld and Disneycruise. I put them in my carryon luggage with no questions when going thru security. No issues.

tvguy
02-13-2010, 04:34 PM
You can also buy a quality Walkie Talkie. I use Blackbox radio's UHF band walkie talkies. They have 4 watts of power and they work well on the Disney Wonder. UHF works better than VHF for penetrating walls. The walkie talkie is military grade. You can buy them from blackboxradios.com but they are cheaper on Ebay at about $120. Check them out. Reception is exceptionally clear compared to other radios but you get what you pay for.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Others will say that you need a license to use these but for the last 5 -7 years I have used them everywhere in the US including Disneyworld and Disneycruise. I put them in my carryon luggage with no questions when going thru security. No issues.

For what these folks are talking about doing, the cell phone still would be a cheaper option for a few quick calls. And YES, everything that transmits over 1/2 watt now requires a license for use in the U.S., HOWEVER you won't be in the U.S., and these radios are illegal in many other countries.......but of course, you have to get caught using them, not having them.