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Brandon Willis
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 - posted 09-03-2005 03:19 PM      Profile for Brandon Willis   Email Brandon Willis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
What kind of walkie talkies does everyone use in their theatres? We have Kenwood Business Band walkies that all managers and the doorman, ushers, and box office have. We also have a set of FRS radios (the cheap ones from Wal-Mart) that I brought from home since I don't use them anymore. These are designated "managers only" so that we can relay messages that we don't want the employees to hear. Although the employees could just go to Wal-Mart and buy one for $10 or less, most of them just don't care enough to do that.

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Michael Brown
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What don't you want "the employees to hear"?

(are managers not employees?? [Confused] )

At my theatre we use one channel, staff members, supervisors, managers, projectionists, security guards - all hear the same.

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Cory Isemann
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Sometimes it's best when the employees can't hear you.. like when you want to tell the other managers what a poor job they're doing.

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Chase Hanson
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I beleive that the mainstays are Icom F3S and than Managers have Motorola CP 100. We have some much older Motorola Radios that used to be the mainstays, that we rarely use.

3 Channels are utilized one for Floor, one for Booth and one for Managers.

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Bruce Hansen
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So, what about when the employees want to talk about how bad a job the managers are doing? [Big Grin]

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Brad Miller
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Motorola CP200 UHF 16 channel

***Be sure and order "privacy programming" so your radios won't pick up any other nearby radios on the same frequencies! It's free, you just have to request it.

You will want to also upgrade the battery to a model Q651. That is a 1800mAh Li-ion battery with quick charger. It's only $21.50 extra and your batteries will last a LOT longer than when using the default batteries.

I have dealt with this company linked to above and they are reliable.

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Cory Isemann
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quote: Bruce Hansen
So, what about when the employees want to talk about how bad a job the managers are doing?
Most of the time, they have no room to talk..

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Phil Hill
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Hey Grand-Poo-BAH, your walkie-talkie link doesn't work. You need to delete one of the *http://'s

Perhaps you should read the FAQ & Rules page on how to use the many great features of Film-Tech...

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Brad Miller
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This makes me think of another great password PhilizaC@@T!
[Big Grin]

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Jim Ziegler
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We are using ICOM F-11S radios... Took a long time to get them, as my home office kept thinking FRS were ok...

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Aaron Mehocic
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We ditched our walkie-talkies in favor of a phone connection between the box and booth. Its much better, but floor employees hardly ever call. Many of the young kids working here have never seen me and I like it that way.

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Brad Miller
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Funny, I pitched a similar idea to a couple of theaters, but they didn't like it. Here's the pitch.

Go to a cellular store and sign up for a "family plan" where you can get half a dozen phones. Be sure and purchase the insurance for a few extra bucks a month. Make sure the plan (like they pretty much all do) has "unlimited mobile to mobile minutes". Then select the cheapest plan. You won't be needing any actual airtime minutes, as those calls would be made from the land lines.

Now program in "BOX OFFICE" and "MANAGER 1" and MANAGER 2" and "PROJECTION", etc into each phone's speed dial and just issue the phones instead of radios! Communication would be directed SPECIFICALLY to the person desired, vibrate feature for when inside auditoriums, and the communication would be private between those two people since other radios couldn't listen in.

The reason for the insurance is so if a phone broke you just get another free one through insurance.

Really, is it such a ridiculous idea? Given the average lifespan of a radio in a theater environment, I think the cell phone would probably be a cheaper and superior solution. Mark G will surely disagree though. [Razz]

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Darryl Spicer
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is there a way to keep the phone from being used for personal use?

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Mike Spaeth
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Or just purchase phones with the "click-to-talk" feature.

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Dustin Mitchell
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You would think the phone company could block all numbers except the few you wanted them to use. Worst case scenario if someone used them for personal calls the date, time, number dailed, and length of call would all be on the monthly bill. Simply having people sign a log sheet whenever they took a phone would pin the culprit pretty quickly.

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