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Frequency - False Ham Radios
On real ham radios, you hold down a key to speak. Whenever someone spoke in the movie, they held down no keys, and just talked when they needed to. In reality, that's practically impossible because on real ham radios, you cannot talk onto of each other. So, when one person is talking, you can't talk on top, or if one person is keyed up, you can't talk on top still. So if that's the case, then how could the other one start talking if the other guy never UN-keyed up?
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jafer on 08-01-2001
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ace062389 writes:
They never had to push the key because they are on the same ham radio. If it was a different one, no body could get through when the other was holding the button, but it was the same one in two different times.
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AbDrew51 writes:
No. This is not even a true slip-up. The producers knew about this. When they first start talking on the radio, only the dad is using the button, but when he realizes that they don't have to use it, he makes a funny face and presses the button a few times to test it out. Therefore they clearly knew about this one.
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Jimi writes:
I've been a ham radio operator since 1968. I only saw the movie once, but I tend to agree that the movie makers could have been pursuing the "supernatural" angle when they allowed the father and son to be able to converse as two people would talk on a telephone, which is not possible on a ham radio or a CB (Citizens Band) radio or any type of "walkie talkie." Here are a couple of ham radio facts. #1.When you are transmitting, you cannot hear the other party talking (or anything from the receiver at all). #2.You can transmit by using a feature called PTT (Push To Talk), where you press the button on the microphone when you wish to transmit. You can also transmit by using a function called VOX, (Voice Operated Transmitter, X-mitter for short), where simply speaking into the microphone switches the transmitter on. It eliminates the need to push the button on the microphone. Jimi.
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jafer writes:
No, any ham radio you use, you always have to key up. It makes no difference if they were using the same radio or not.
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