Announcing Rugged Radios as the Official Communications of the 2016 Ultimate Adventure #UA2016Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2016 on June 2, 2016
Communications during a large event like the Ultimate Adventure is nothing to be sneezed at. Keeping 20 or more rigs moving in the same direction in a timely manner is more than just a small challenge. The Ultimate Adventure travels over a wide variety of terrain at greatly different speeds from high-way speed to low range rock crawling and keeping everyone in touch with everyone else is quite the task. In the past we’ve used antiquated technology relying on CB radios that work in some of the vehicles some of the time. When the group gets split up or someone has a problem the staff of the magazine and our indispensable helpers, the UA cronies fall back on what works often, in recent trips, relying on cell phones and texts. As it turns out the weather is tough on electronics, and topography can render CB radios useless when UAers get a half to a few miles apart. Enter Rugged Radios and their durable 25 Watt VHF based radio systems one of which will be on every vehicle at UA 2016. These systems offer clearer communication over greater distances and should keep us all together come hell or high-water. The Ultimate Adventure is hard on 4x4s, participants, and equipment, but we know Rugged Radios, with their vast experience in off-road racing (Ultra4, Best In The Desert, and SCORE) and trail riding communications on UA 2016 should be a no brainer. The reasons VHF is better are many, but to name just a few CBs are limited to 4 watts while these radios are 25 watt meaning these radios can transmit several miles while CBs generally only reach out one if not less. CBs require lots of tuning and adjustment with squelch, gain and antenna set up all playing a roll on function. CBs have 20-40 channels as compared to the Rugged Radios 128 channels. This means we are much less likely to share radio space with 18-wheelers and others still using CB channels. With all that we are excited to have Rugged Radios on board. They are excited to be a part of the trip and we can’t wait to communicate better throughout the Ultimate Adventure.