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Old 08-12-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
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Two way radio suggestions

Mr. Google turned this up

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Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Black/Silver)
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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You will probably be quite happy with them, but don't get sucked into believing you are going to transmit and receive 36 miles with these units. Here is the fine print from Midland.

Maximum range can only be achieved over water or open rural areas under optimum conditions.

I have a pair of Motorola GMRS/FSR radios (basically the same radio) and they work great up to about a mile. They make great little camp radios. Two miles is really iffy with any terrain.

You might consider buying them locally at REI for example. The price is going to be about the same but you can take them back and exchange them much easier if you decide they don't work for you.

Now if you really want 36 miles, lets get you interested in Ham Radio.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:21 AM   #3
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You will probably be quite happy with them, but don't get sucked into believing you are going to transmit and receive 36 miles with these units. Here is the fine print from Midland.

Maximum range can only be achieved over water or open rural areas under optimum conditions.

I have a pair of Motorola GMRS/FSR radios (basically the same radio) and they work great up to about a mile. They make great little camp radios. Two miles is really iffy with any terrain.

You might consider buying them locally at REI for example. The price is going to be about the same but you can take them back and exchange them much easier if you decide they don't work for you.

Now if you really want 36 miles, lets get you interested in Ham Radio.
That has been my experience too with several different types of GMRS/FSR radios......functional range of about 1 mile. I have Motorola radios now and they are extremely handy to have around, especially with kids. I keep 4 radios in the SMB all the time and just use disposable AA batteries. The rechargeables never worked as promised and lost their charge pretty quickly.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:35 AM   #4
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Re: Two way radio suggestions

what prompted this is one of my vendors
gave me a cruise for me and wife
on some huge ass ship

then i was thinking pretty handy to have on Wilson

I figured the 32 miles was down hill, with wind, a solar flairless day
and a blue moon

I am cool with a mile, or from the pool to the rock climbing wall


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can i still keep Kosher with a Ham Radio?
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Re: Two way radio suggestions

I have doubts those radios will work very well on a ship unless you're both out on deck somewhere. Far too much steel blocking radio signals on a ship.


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I have doubts those radios will work very well on a ship unless you're both out on deck somewhere. Far too much steel blocking radio signals on a ship.

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I would think so, but i got the model and read reviews from a couple of cruise ship forums

For @$70 i aint gonna worry too much

but then with the Kosher Hams, that might be another cost issue.....
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not the range like some other radios but they have nice "out in the woods" features. Problem is they are more expensive.
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I have a set of the Midland Hunting radios & they work awsome. I have gotten anywhere from 1/2 to 7 mile range, depending on conditions. I use them all the time in the malls- lots of steel there too, but not as much as a ship, they work great for us.
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Highly recommend the latest Kraco special I keep in my rig. Hair styles and expressions supposedly provide better reception but are of course optional...



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Re: Two way radio suggestions

I have midland's very similar to that and one of the batteries has never held a charge. Good thing mine can run on AA batteries- just make sure the rechargeable pack can be replaced with standard batteries.

Otherwise they've been good. Can't use half the channels because I'm not paying for an FCC license for everybody, but it hasn't been a problem.
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