If something goes wrong help can be a long way away. Forty years ago members from some South Island Mountaineering and Tramping Clubs decided to join forces to bring help a little closer. We established ‘Canterbury Mountain Radio Service’ (CMRS) with the purpose of providing radio-telephones field sets for communication in remote areas of the South Island and Stewart Island..
Calls from our field sets are received through our dedicated well set up remotely monitored and controlled base network technology, this gives a very reliable 24/7 hour safety service. Our field sets also have the technology for checking your aerial setup and also the field set, that it is communicating with our base network at any time.
Our base operators do monitor and take voice calls during the day. We have ‘3’ voice calls times. Daily at 8.30am 12 noon and also 7.30pm, where field parties can give their location and intentions etc. We give the latest, very detailed weather forecasts daily for all the South Island and Stewart Island at 8.30am and 7.30pm you can also call us at any time for more information if you require it. We are also are a member of the “Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand“ supporting mountain safety for over 50 years.
With these specially made light weight “Field Sets” work anywhere and are ideal for
the outdoors where mobile phones do not work. The primary purpose of the Mountain
Radio is safety, and are also very useful for receiving the latest weather forecasts,
also for advising others of any changes in plans etc. These two models can make direct
calls through our base network in to the public telephone system.
It is necessary to erect the aerial as high as possible, using the full length provided.
(If the base station is having trouble hearing you, check the aerial first!) The
sketch below shows a well erected aerial.
Our service has been a supporting member of The ‘FMC’ for over 40 years.