"Normal" is an illusion
It would be nice to use walkie talkies, but if you were trying to keep a low profile wouldn't those channels be monitored by someone else?
Yes, they'll likely be monitored by someone else, but they'll need to be in range.
I am a licensed Ham radio operator. That having been said, of course you can be monitored on any frequency you choose to use. The issue that will limit this is the power you are using to transmit and the antenna of the person/persons trying to monitor you.
Nor would you want a good Samaritan to come and help the injured party.I certainly wouldn't want that distress call to be a beacon for anyone else within the 'fill in the blank' mile range of a walkie talkie to come and take advantage of the injured party, and perhaps have them lead them back to base camp.
Depends on the UHF you use, a .5 watt is low powered, so does not travel far, the more powerful the radio is the further it will travel. People will tune in, but the lower the power, the less that can hear. Of course, lower power also means shorter range.
If you are worried about eavesdropping you could create a code like the cops do. Like a "531" in progress and so forth. Only you and your compadres know your exact code though. Your location could be tracked but they would have no idea on what you were talking about.
First of all, even if you have radios that Frequency Hop, they can still be monitored. That being said, the "THEY" people have to be close enough to listen and have a concern for listening. If you have radios that have privacy channels and you are out in the middle of anywhere. Most likely you will never be heard.
Not really. There are many hunters, and quite a few crazy locals, where I go 'camping'. I don't think 'they' intentionally do anything, I think they just bump into trouble, or trouble follows them, not sure which.Who is going to be listening? Monitoring all those frequencies would require quite a level of sophistication and effort even if you didn't encrypt. You expect someone to launch a signals intelligence operation against you when you go camping?