Tuesday, 1 November 2016

NEW GMRS eBOOK AVAILABLE FOR CANADIAN BUSINESSES

NEW GMRS eBOOK AVAILABLE FOR CANADIAN BUSINESSES!

 

"How to Use the General Mobile Radio Service for Canadian Business Applications" is a new ebook just for Canadian businesses who rely on wireless communications more than ever before to conduct business, service customers, and keep staff safe. Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, or GMRS, provides efficient and effective short-range radio communications for many business applications such as construction sites, work crews, truckers, farmers, warehousing, retail stores, restaurants,  hotels and motels, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and myriad of other business activities. Similar to other two-watt UHF business-band radios that can cost several hundred dollars each including licence fees, GMRS radios can be purchased for as  little as fifty dollars per pair or less with no added costs or licence to use. With the same performance capabilities and features, GMRS can replace your expensive two-watt UHF business radios or can be added to your business arsenal.

"How to Use the General Mobile Radio Service for Canadian Business Applications" is available exclusively from Amazon Kindle for only $2.99! Click here to get your copy today!



Monday, 4 April 2016

GMRS BUSINESS TIP #3

 GMRS BUSINESS TIP #3

 Did you know that some businesses that use two-way radios record the communications for safety purposes? If you want to do the same thing, simply get an inexpensive digital recorder and set it so that it records only when it hears audio. Plug it into the speaker/microphone jack of a GRMS radio, and you will be able to record all transmissions done by your company over GMRS.

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Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the ebook, The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, availbe from Amazon for $14.95. https://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Canadas-General-Mobile-Service-ebook/dp/B00DF8Y848


GMRS BUSINESS TIP #2

 GMRS BUSINESS TIP #2

 If you operate in a noisy environment, most GMRS handheld radios have speaker/microphone jack in which you can plug in a head or earbud set so that radio transmissions can be heard over the noise. Head and ear bud sets can also be used so that employees can keep their hands free for tasks while using the radio, or to prevent others from hearing what is being received on the radio.

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 Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the ebook, The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, availbe from Amazon for $14.95. https://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Canadas-General-Mobile-Service-ebook/dp/B00DF8Y848


Sunday, 22 March 2015

GMRS BUSINESS TIP #1

 GMRS BUSINESS TIP #1

Here's a tip if you only want to use one GMRS frequency but have two or more departments in your Canadian business that use that one freqeuncy. Set the CTCSS (Continuous Tone-Encoded Squelch System) the same for each user in each department. For example, for Security, set all the Security radios to one specific CTCSS tone. For all the radios in the warehouse, set these to another specific tone, and so on for each department.

Now, when someone in the warehouse transmits on their radios, Security and the other departments won't hear their conversations as the CTCSS tone is not the same and the audio for the radios will not open. This lets each of your departments only hear the transmissions that are specifically for them.

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 Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the ebook, The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, availbe from Amazon for $14.95. https://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Canadas-General-Mobile-Service-ebook/dp/B00DF8Y848


Saturday, 4 October 2014

CANADIAN EDUCATION IS SAFER WITH GMRS RADIOS

CANADIAN EDUCATION IS SAFER WITH GMRS RADIOS

by Phillip J. Boucher

All schools, from kindergarten to higher universities, suffer from the same set of problems: lots of students, few faculty, and trying to organize all of it. Add to that staff and student safety and emergency situations such as fires, evacuations, or lock-downs, and you can have confusion all around situations that just might result in injury or death to a to a student or teacher.

By equipping school staff with GMRS radios, teachers, principals and vice-principals, security, janitorial, etc can be contacted immediately to deal with any problem that may arise. The office can contact a teacher quickly. Security can keep in touch with the office and each other to keep control of the school and maintain order. Teachers can get immediate help for a student who is injured, or or if they find themselves dealing with a violent student. Principals and vice-principals can warn staff of any potential security or emergency situation. On field trips, teachers can talk to each other as they escorts students, keeping order and safety from both ends of the line. And janitorial and cafeteria staff can inform each other, or be informed of, situations that need to be taken care of, ordering supplies, or keeping safe.

In fact, GMRS radios can used for many applications within any educational environment and situation. With school budgets becoming tighter all the time, using GMRS radios for school safety and security, administration, and maintenance, will ensure a safer, more efficient, and cost-effective educational operation.

http://www.phillipjboucher.com

Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the ebook, The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, availbe from Amazon for $14.95. https://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Canadas-General-Mobile-Service-ebook/dp/B00DF8Y848

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Reminder of Publications on Kindle

Just a reminder to my readers of the following books and short stories I have on Amazon Kindle:

Danny - lesbian/trans literary short story
Timmy's Magic - literary short story
Disturbance Call at the Fairy Bar - fantasy short story
A Very Sad Night - literary short story
Dragonstoen: An Amulet for a Prince - fantasy short story
The Tower of Eletal - fantasy short story
The Almost Complete Guide to Yaesu's VX-6R - book
The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service - book


http://www.phillipjboucher.com

Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the ebook, The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, availbe from Amazon for $14.95. https://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Canadas-General-Mobile-Service-ebook/dp/B00DF8Y848



Saturday, 7 June 2014

Industry Canada Shelves MURS Introduction - GMRS Remains

Industry Canada Shelves MURS Introduction - GMRS Remains

by Phillip J. Boucher

Industry Canada has announced on their website that the introduction of MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) to the Canadian marketplace, due to be implemented on June 1, 2014, has now been deferred. This leaves GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) as the only licence and fee-free short range two-way radio service available to Canadian consumers and businesses.

A public consultation held in 2005 invited comments regarding the introduction of this service and in 2009 a decision was made to implement MURS after a five year transition period to allow users on the proposed MURS frequencies to find new ones at their own expense. The proposed operating frequencies were 151.8200 MHz, 151.8800 MHz, 151.9400 MHz, 154.5700 MHz and 154.600 MHz. 

However, many  negative responses to the consultation were received regarding the proposal, with public service users voicing their concern over the cost of transitioning to other frequencies, the impact on being able to provide emergency services to the public, and the potential interference to adjacent operating frequencies that they currently used. Industry Canada also had concerns over the lack of desire of an actual need for the service from MURS stakeholders and advocates. GMRS, however, continues to grow in use by consumers and business.

GMRS, a licence and fee free two-way radio service, uses twenty-two UHF channels in the 462 MHz and 467 MHz bands to provide a maximum two watt output signal from a handheld unit (walkie-talkie). Inexpensive GMRS handheld radios are compatible in features and performance to more expensive two watt UHF business band, or business exclusive, radios, with the only difference being the use of licenced business frequencies. Other than the frequencies, GMRS radios perform the same as compatible business band radios for a lot less money, including the absence of radio and frequency licencing and yearly renewal costs. The only cost to operate GMRS radios is the cost of the radio. 

MURS would have added the same type of radio equipment and service, but on the VHF band rather than the UHF band. Again, two watt MURS radios would have had the same features and performance as compatible two-watt VHF business band radios, just at an extremely lower cost. GMRS is, and MURS would have been, a viable cheaper alternative two-way radio service to more expensive business band handheld two-way radios.

Many Canadian businesses, such as retailers, construction, warehousing, transportation, food and entertainment industries, and many more, have incorporated GMRS radios into their daily activities to provide inter-office or inter-building communications, safety and security, productivity, and customer service communications, to name only a few applications, with more Canadian business users coming on board every day. GMRS is good for use in a urban area due to the UHF signals being able to penetrate obstacles such as trees, walls, and other structures.

MURS would have added an alternative communications mode for those Canadian businesses who need short-range two-way radio communicators out of doors. Though GMRS currently fulfills this need, MURS, being on VHF, would have provided an advantage of slightly greater distance to outdoor users, resulting in more reliable outside communications. In simple terms, GMRS on UHF is more suited to indoor communications or communications in a crowded environment, whereas MURS on VHF would have been more suited to outdoor or more open environments. Non-business users would have found MURS to be better for communications related to outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

Industry Canada's decision not to implement MURS at this time means that Canadian consumers and businesses are limited to GMRS as a low cost alternative to expensive UHF radios. For the introduction of MURS to be considered by Industry Canada, Canadians, both consumers and business, need to let them know that the option of having both UHF and VHF inexpensive two-way radios available for daily activities is not only desirable, but necessary for safety, security, and the bottom line. 

Short range UHF and VHF radio communications should not be the exclusive domain of two-way radio providers with expensive prices and costs. All Canadians should have access to low cost radio communications on both UHF and VHF. MURS has its place and should be implemented in a timely manner. I thoroughly agree with the comments that were received from the consultation. However, the five year implementation period was more than enough time for users to transition to other VHF frequencies. Hopefully more Canadian consumers and businesses will let Industry Canada know that MURS is desired, MURS is needed, and MURS has its place in Canada's two-way radio spectrum.


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Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the ebook, The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, availbe from Amazon for $14.95. https://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Canadas-General-Mobile-Service-ebook/dp/B00DF8Y848