RT Systems programmer includes a Frequency List of often used channels. NOTE: These frequencies are all in use by others. You use it IF the licensee is not around at the moment. Always have an alternate plan in case you encounter emergency communications (fire, ambulance, 911 dispatch) or a race crew. These people own the frequency, have rights to it, and don't expect you to be there. If you are asked to move to another frequency, do it immediately and quietly (no backtalk!!).
To use these lists for programming, check the box next to your selected channels, enter a starting channel number, and click Apply. The programmer does the rest to complete the channel for the radio to use.
- Weather Channels - These are not for talking. They are for listening to weather warnings. Even if it is quiet, do NOT transmit on these channels.
- FRS (Family Radio Service) - These are frequencies allotted to the general public for low power transmissions. These will be good to have if you want to communicate with an inexpensive FRS radio you purchased for your child. You won't get much range on these and they could be busy.
- GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) - Again, frequencies offered to help you communicate with a GMRS radio someone already has. These frequencies too could be busy.
- UHF Itinerant Frequencies - If your radio operates in the 440MHz range, these are good frequencies to pick from. If you are not sure if your radio does these frequencies, pick one and click apply. If the Programmer ignores the selection, your radio can't use it.
- Marine Channels - Well, you think we have made a mistake... I can hear you thinking it. No, presuming you are so far from the water, these channels should be quiet to use. You might want to stay away from these if you are near the ocean or any other large body of water where boats have first rights to these frequencies. You don't want to interfere.
- OffRoad Racing Frequencies - Choose carefully among these. Many are offered purely for listening. You don't want to interfere with the communications of a pit crew for a racing team. These will give you a good idea about the pattern in the frequencies to use in the programmer (i.e., 156.125, 157.885, etc.)