Yes - I will use it that way as well. It is quite a hike down to the river and when we have company it will be a good way to call them back to the house. We were using Walkie Talkies but would forget to bring them with them.Sandie ... That's a "Dinner Bell" and very similar to the one that Carol uses to call me in for lunch or dinner when I'm way out on the property somewhere. I can actually hear it even when operating the riding mower some distance away. In any event, your's looks terrific like that!