Keep in touch while hiking or camping with these 2-way radios that feature 22 channels with 7 NOAA channels for weather and emergency information and iVOX controls for hands-free convenience. Get the scoop on FRS & GMRS Radio Guide Motorola 2-Way Radios Product GuideLearn about:Headset optionsChannel useThe NOAA weather radio channelRadio rangeThe silent operation function
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A great pair of basic walkie talkies
Posted by: mikado463 from: Georgia on
First off: People, *read* the label on the package with regards to the maximum range of this radio. NO, it will *not* transmit 35 miles unless you are standing atop the highest mountain and your buddy is standing in the lowest valley and there is nothing between you but air. FRS radios have a 1/2 watt of effective radiated power which means in the real world you're only gonna get about a mile or so of range ...probably less under most conditions. Why the marketing types at Motorola even put that ridiculous information on the packages I'll never know. Okay now that we've got that out of the way....
These are great radios where you have a group of people spread out in a localized area. These are especially suited to outdoor events. With indoor usage, say on a cruise ship or in a building, you will no doubt experience a very limited range as the signal has a lot of solid barriers it must penetrate. Outdoors I have found these radios quite worthy. Our volunteer group uses these radios. We work in mountainous terrain and given the limitations of the low power and terrain these radios work surprisingly well. But then none of us is expecting to be able to use them for great distances. Each person in a group can have their own "ring tone" when making a call or when they are in need of help and can't talk.
Under heavy use, the batteries will last about a day ...maybe 8 hours. If you're gonna be using them a lot each day put them on the charger overnight. While the radios come with NiMh battery packs, you can swap in a set of three AA's in an emergency. Charging is an overnight operation; there is no quick charge capability.
One of the unique features of FRS/GMRS radios is that they all share a common set of frequencies. So if your hunting buds have brand "B" and you have your Motorola, as long as you are all on the same frequency, you can talk with one another. In addition, these radios have a discrete channel filter that blocks out all other signals on a particular frequency unless the other radio also has the discrete code. This adds a bit of security to your transmissions and helps eliminate interference from other radios that may be operating on or near your selected frequency.
The radios come with NOAA weather radio reception capabilities and once set up for your region can provide timely forecasts. You can even set the radios up to deliver NOAA emergency weather alerts ...an alarm goes off and the radio begins broadcasting automatically. A nice feature in those areas of the country prone to severe weather.
And last but not least each radio has a small LED flashlight. Kinda neat when you're in the dark.
Overall these radios are chock-full of a lot of neat and useable features. They are well-built ...have a substantial feel to them and, as long as you're not expecting miracles (like being able to talk to someone 35 miles away), they work terrific. There is one small glitch that may crop up if you use one of the digital interference eliminator codes; when you press-to-talk, wait just a second before you begin to speak otherwise the first syllable of your message will be cut off. The only reason I did not give straight "5's" was because as far as reliability goes, to me, that's a matter of time. Sure, they work great out of the box, but how will they hold up in the long run. I'm thinking they will hold up well but, only time will tell. Other than that I can find no faults with these radios.
29 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Brendan67 from: Planet behind the sun on
I got these two way radios for a couple purposes, I keep it scanning incase a person needs help, I also like to take them on hikes and bike trips when im by myself incase I get in a bad situation and theres no cell phone reception which is very common in alot of the wooded areas around my state parks. Its extremely clear when talking to everyone and with all the channel combinations theres no way you can't have a private conversation with your group.
21 out of 24 found this review helpful.
NOT WATER RESISTANT!!
Posted by: dburry from: California on
Best Buy says they're water resistant... but they're definitely NOT WATER RESISTANT!! Splash a little rain on these puppies and they will promptly die until you take them apart and dry them out... In fact, the insert provided by Motorola explicitly says the warranty does not cover such "abuse & misuse" as "contact with liquid, water, rain, extreme humidity or heavy perspiration" There are no rubber seals around anything on this radio, there's nothing water resistant in the slightest about this radio design! Don't buy this radio if you want to use it in weather, water sports, etc...
32 out of 41 found this review helpful.
Recommend for families with younger children
Posted by: JennBinNE from: Omaha, NE on
I bought these three years ago when my daughter started Kindergarten. Her bus stop is about 2 1/2 blocks from our home and this was the next best thing to actually walking with her each day to and from her bus stop (because "big girls" can walk by themselves don't ya know?). So they have been used pretty much daily for the past three years and she formed a most excellent habit of always putting her radio back onto the charger when she got home.
Unfortunately, she ended up losing one the last week of second grade (this past May). We suspect it was stolen out of her backpack at school but don't know for sure. So I just ordered another pair which works out great anyhow since our youngest son will be starting Kindergarten this August. Now they will each have their walkie-talkies to carry while walking to the bus together (you know how little brothers are about wanting everything their older siblings have, ha-ha).
We also used them frequently when the kids were down the street playing at the neighbor's house (especially in the backyard). Instead of yelling down the street when it was time for them to come home, I would just push the alert button and they would be home within a few minutes. Or they would "call" me and ask to stay a little longer. :-)
So far, we haven't pushed them past their range limit and have always had decent to excellent reception with little to no interference. They have DEFINITELY been dropped, jostled around in backpacks, and handled roughly without any problems. For sure durable.
What REALLY makes these worth the $ to us is not only do we use them constantly but that our younger kids don't feel so left out because our older kids have cell phones. Having these radios for them to carry around while playing outside with their friends is the next best thing to them having their own cell phones and of course it helps with my peace of mind knowing I can "call" them or they can "call" me (just like a cell phone - in a way). I really wish I had thought about getting these when our older kids were little.
When the new ones arrive, I am going to let my son and daughter "decorate" them stickers and such. My daughter wants "bling" on hers, lol.
Lastly, because we always keep the radios on the charger when they aren't being used, I am able to keep one on for weather alerts on days we are having or expecting any kind of bad weather (tornado or blizzard warnings in particular since we live in the Midwest). So even when the kids aren't using them, sometimes I am. :-)
I honestly cannot think of anything negative to say about these radios. Amazon has the lowest price I could find, as usual, which Best Buy matched without any problems. These have been one of the best buys for our family without a doubt.
15 out of 17 found this review helpful.
a good radio
Posted by: gundrted from: Denver, CO on
When reading reviews on radios its important to not get get caught up in the details. I live in the real world and these work great. I use them for hiking and mountain climbing. The range, features, and useability are very good.
To anyone reading this review remember do research and understand the product your buying. This is not a police radio. Its just a radio and it does that very very well.
18 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Great set of personal 2-way radios
Posted by: ScoutDad from: NC on
I paid ~$52 through BB online. For the price they are hard to beat. They feel durable, they have decent range, and the battery life, though shorter than I was hoping for, was about 5 times that of my old Uniden set that I considered worthless. I bought this one set to see how I liked them. I will probably both another set (or 2) since I have 5 kids. I tried them out on a Scout camporee with my boys and the range in a pretty wooded hilly area was good and the bottom light was far more useful than I expected.
12 out of 13 found this review helpful.
short range but usefull
Posted by: jettaboy from: brawley ca on
the radios are good, the range is less than a mile but i ude them for the mall or in big stores to communicate with my wife works fine on those cases. by the way one of the clips broke in less than a month
18 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TeaEye from: VA on
Easy to set up (not my first 2Way) My choice for Tea Party events. Battery lasted all day in scan mode with moderate two way traffic.
25 out of 35 found this review helpful.
Don't expect to use these over 3 miles.
Posted by: DABDUDE710 from: El Centro, CA on
We mainly purchased these radios for use at theme parks or family outings and things of that nature and when in close proximity and there are not many obstructions they work fairly decent. They do comes packed with many features the average user probably wont ever use or need but on the good side they are easy to use and operate.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Perfect for our needs
Posted by: Vintage1 from: on
We use these for around the property and inside our buildings. Works perfect for what we need.