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Phillip J. Boucher 

WRITER/AUTHOR, SLOT MACHINE ADDICTION AND RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING CONSULTANT

 


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December 1, 2015 - Along with my writing services I am now a leading consultant in Slot Machine Addiction and Responsible Gaming.

June 5, 2015 - Just moved back to the Niagara, ON area and am offering a 40% discount on all writing services for all Niagara area businesses!

February 1, 2015 - I have just published a new eBook on Amazon Kindle. How to Get Great Customer Service is a reference guide for any consumer who is interested in getting great customer service when dealing with any company in-person or online. Available in Epub format for only $2.99. Click here for more information and to order a copy.

 January 1, 2014 - New eBook - The Almost Complete Guide to Yaesu's VX-6R! - If you are an Amateur Radio operator and own a VX-6R handheld, then this book will help you get the best use and fun no matter what Ham activities you enjoy. Written as a supplement to the user manual, The Almost Complete Guide to Yaesu's VX-6R is designed to explain functions, features, and programming in an easier to understand book that has extra information not contained in the user manual.

April 13, 2012 - My fantasy short story, Disturbance Call at the Fairy Bar, now published by Necrology Shorts, http://www.necrologyshorts.com/disturbance-call-at-the-fairy-bar/

April 13, 2012 - My fantasy short story, The Tower of Eletal, now published by Necrology Shorts, http://www.necrologyshorts.com/the-tower-of-eletal/

October 25, 2011 - Added new FREE pdf document to download: the first four chapters of my book The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)!

 

Cover of "Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines?" by Phillip J. BoucherAugust 8, 2011 - CJAD Interview - Hear my interview about my book, "Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines?"

 

 

 

 

 

February 24, 2011 - My fantasy short story, "Dragonstoen: An Amulet for a Prince" now published by Necrology Shorts. Read my story at http://www.necrologyshorts.com/category/authors/authors-a-h/phillip-j-boucher/

February 15, 2011 - My short fantasy story, "Dragonstoen: An Amulet for a Prince" to be published by Necrology Shorts! www.necrologyshorts.com

December 20, 2010 - New post: My September/October Fresh On The Air column from The Canadian Amateur Magazine. Click here to read it.

Cover of "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service" (GMRS) by Phillip J. Boucher

July 19, 2010 - My ebook, "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service" (GMRS) is available for immediate purchase right here at $14.95 and delivered by email. Order it now! Simply click the "Buy Now" button to order through PayPal, send me an email at phillipjboucher@gmail.com giving me your name, email address, and indicating you've ordered the book, and within 48 hours of confirmation from PayPal, your book will be emailed right into your inbox.  Or order the paperback version for $24.95 from Cafepress.ca.

 

September 14, 2009 - New GMRS EBook Already Causing Controversy!

(Read the first chapter free here!)

The publication date of my new Ebook, “The Complete Guide to Canada’s General Mobile Radio Service: How to Get the Most Out of Our Nation’s Licence-Free, Fee-Free, Two-Way Radio Service”, ISBN 978-1-895391-21-3, is not until October 1, 2009, and already I hear through channels that some things discussed in the book are controversial and might ruffle feathers of those in the radio communications industry.

It seems that some manufactures of two-way “business-exclusive” radios are upset how I compare their two-watt UHF handheld radios to the two-watt GMRS radios, effectively telling readers that instead of paying hundreds of dollars for one of these “business-exclusive” radios, that they can buy a pair of GMRS for around fifty dollars. Both types of radios perform the same and have essentially the same features. The only advantage “business-exclusive” radios have over GMRS radios is that the channels are not as accessible to the public. However, the big advantages GMRS have are many; purchasers do not need to licence the radios; they do not need to licence the frequencies; there are no rental fees, airtime fees, usage fees, monthly fees, or any other fees to operate GMRS radios. In fact, GMRS is TOTALLY licence and fee free. The ONLY thing you pay for with GMRS is the cost of the radios, which are usually sold in pairs and most pairs go for UNDER one hundred dollars.

With “business-exclusive” radios, you have to either buy each radio at one hundred fifty to three hundred dollars each, or pay a monthly rental fee for each radio. Then you have to pay a licence fee for each radio. Plus a licence fee for each frequency. Then you have to pay a fee to renew those licences. And like GMRS, you have to share the frequencies with other users. Therefore, “business-exclusive” is not that exclusive, especially in a large urban area.

And the ironic thing about this supposed controversy? The majority of manufactures who make “business-exclusive” radios also make GMRS radios. Now, as a consumer, if you wanted to buy a handheld UHF two-watt two-way radio, what’s more important to you; having access to frequencies that are being used by other “business-exclusive” users rather than the general public and paying hundreds of dollars per radio for that privilege, or having access to frequencies that are available to the general public, but with a pair of radios that cost around fifty dollars but with no access, monthly, or licensing fees, both types of radios providing the same performance and features?

General Mobile Radio Service radios are exceedingly more cost-effective given that they perform the same as “business-exclusive” radios. It would be in any company’s or business’s best interest to go with GMRS radios. But I can see dealers trying to steer purchases towards the higher-priced business radios. Don’t be fooled by the supposed “controversy” that I have mentioned. It’s your money. Spend it, or save it, wisely when buying handheld two-way radios.

“The Complete Guide to Canada’s General Mobile Radio Service: How to Get the Most Out of Our Nation’s Licence-Free, Fee-Free, Two-Way Radio Service”, ISBN 978-1-895391-21-3, is available for $14.95 Canadian right from this website. Go to the top of the page to order!


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