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Old 01-09-2017, 06:04 AM
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Going camping with another family and would like a good durable set.

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If it's just for camping and you are going to be in reasonable range of one another, look at Motorola Talkabouts. Those are on the FRS band and pretty low powered. Range is pretty limited despite the claim on 35 miles and such but will work well within a few hundred yards in dense terrain.
If you want something with more range, look at a handheld VHF, not UHF. Plenty out there with 5 watts power. My father and I use our marine radios handhelds when hunting actually since we are a long way from water. We can talk all over our 2000 acre property.
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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
If it's just for camping and you are going to be in reasonable range of one another, look at Motorola Talkabouts. Those are on the FRS band and pretty low powered. Range is pretty limited despite the claim on 35 miles and such but will work well within a few hundred yards in dense terrain.
If you want something with more range, look at a handheld VHF, not UHF. Plenty out there with 5 watts power. My father and I use our marine radios handhelds when hunting actually since we are a long way from water. We can talk all over our 2000 acre property.
Thanks, looks like the Motorola Talk About's will fit my needs best.
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Can't really beat Motorola products for thier price point and quality. Don't know if they're made here in the USA though. Don't know if ANY electronics are these days!
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I bought four of the the Motorola MS350R
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Just a question: why would you need walkie talkies when most everyone texts back and forth?
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Just a question: why would you need walkie talkies when most everyone texts back and forth?
several reasons.

1) at our bay house there is just about no cell service. If you absolutely have to get a text off or make a phone call, I know where you can stand on one foot, wiggle your ear and make it happen but thats about it.

2) my kids are 10, 6 and 5...they do not have cell phones. Its bad enough they all have ipads

3) we are going camping in a few weekends and wanted to get a good set for the kids to have with them. Not only to play with...(they love cops and robbers) but also for the aforementioned reasons.
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Make certain they're aware that some channels are monitored, and when all parameters align, signals can travel a very long distance. i.e.: don't play cops and robbers on a monitored channel.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Make certain they're aware that some channels are monitored, and when all parameters align, signals can travel a very long distance. i.e.: don't play cops and robbers on a monitored channel.
good advice. thanks!
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FRS/GRS often have scrambler settings for privacy and are not monitored like CB units because they are seldom in range of a monitoring station/van.

Sportsman's Guide usually has a few so you can see what I mean.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
several reasons.

1) at our bay house there is just about no cell service. If you absolutely have to get a text off or make a phone call, I know where you can stand on one foot, wiggle your ear and make it happen but thats about it.

2) my kids are 10, 6 and 5...they do not have cell phones. Its bad enough they all have ipads

3) we are going camping in a few weekends and wanted to get a good set for the kids to have with them. Not only to play with...(they love cops and robbers) but also for the aforementioned reasons.
Yup, all good reasons.
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Understand you'll need the these due to no cell service.

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Take a look at the Zello app.

This works like the old Nextel phones
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