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#119178 - 01/07/08 04:36 PM Two Way Radio Recommendations
MrDrysdale Offline

Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 49
Loc: League City, Texas
I am considering purchasing a set of two way radios for the family. My thought was to use them in multiple situations. One to keep track of my kids in the neighborhood and also use them on both family camping trips and at out swim meets in the summer.

I went to the Motorola site and looked at the different models and features. Having the weather radio seems like a great idea.

Anyone have any suggestions?


Edited by MrDrysdale (01/07/08 05:10 PM)

#119182 - 01/07/08 04:43 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: MrDrysdale]

Get something that will run on AAs. My best and only advice when it comes to radios.

#119197 - 01/07/08 05:57 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: MrDrysdale]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2840
there are several types of two way radios out there now. You have CB, FRS, GMRS, and varuios ham ranges such as 2M, 10M, etc.

FRS and GMRS are the most popular now, GMRS leagally requires a license while FRS does not, but as I and others have found FRS quicly looses range when in any kind of wooded area. There are combination FRS/GMRS radios which a lot of people buy and use without the GMRS license, sometimes without even knowing they need it.

HAM radios are a bit more investment and require passing of a test.

CB while it died off with use of cell phones seems to be coming back in popularity a bit, I see at least one post a week on some of the automotive boards with someone wanting to put a cb in their truck for talking to others while on the trail. I had a couple friends with them laying in their garage like I so we pulled ours out and started using them again.

#119206 - 01/07/08 06:14 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: Eugene]
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 910
can you get waterproof models??

#119207 - 01/07/08 06:27 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: teacher]
benjammin Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#119216 - 01/07/08 07:08 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: benjammin]
armageddon_aviator Offline

Registered: 10/30/07
Posts: 32
Loc: Israel
I purchased a couple of Motorola Talkabout radios a few years ago.

The range is very disappointing and the speakers are of such a bad quality that you really need to focus in order to understand the conversation.

Also, the batteries do not last more than a few hours (without even transmitting...).
I bought a few sets of GP rechargeable NiMh AA batteries that perform far better (and fortunately fit).

In short - You get what you pay for (what did I expect for 95 bucks ?)

#119225 - 01/07/08 08:02 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: ]
Dan_McI Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 844
Loc: NYC
I've got a Cobra radios (model: cobra PR 260-2 WX VP), which are supposed to be good for twelve miles. The range is nothing close to that in New York City though. Hopefully, the buildings are just getting in the way. For my last mine of communication, I'd love to get something with more range, but I am not sure that's doable at a cost-effective level.

I like the ability to privatize the channels.

#119227 - 01/07/08 08:06 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: Dan_McI]

Many radios are rated for maximum range...that's where you're on top of a mountain and the other radio is in line of sight x miles away. When I bought my Unidens they were rated for 26km but in the manual they do a great job of explaining why you're not likely to ever see that range in practice...complete with diagrams!

#119235 - 01/07/08 08:45 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: ]
MrDrysdale Offline

Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 49
Loc: League City, Texas
Well from what you folks have said and what I have read about the Motorola's; they stink!

I do not plan to use them more than a couple of miles at the most and generally less than a mile 99.9% of the time. Our area is flat as can be and no buildings over 3 stories; so I should be fine.

The Midlands are rated pretty well and have all the features I would think would be beneficial.

#119236 - 01/07/08 08:49 PM Re: Two Way Radio Recommendations [Re: ]
MoBOB Offline

Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1219
Loc: here
I like the idea of the CB because AM signals can bounce all over the place.
"Its not a matter of being ready as it is being prepared" -- B. E. J. Taylor

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