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Old 10-16-2009, 09:28 AM
270man 270man is offline
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hand held radios

Fellow Hunters and other users of hand held radios,

I would like your opinions on and experiences with the different brands and types currently being sold. After getting rid of all my CB radios several years ago, I bought a pair of Motorola GMRS/FRS units that were advertised for 2-mile range. These did not have the "interference eliminator codes" feature and I don't use them anymore. Interference in the field was a real problem, but another big problem was that the rechargeable batteries didn't last very long and were about $30 to replace (couldn't use AAs in this radio).

I now have two other Motorola radio pairs and the rechargeable batteries are continuing to be a problem. All the rechargeables have now been replaced with Alkaline AA batteries. My newest radios are the T7400 Talkabout models (obsolete by now, I would guess), with 5-mile range. In addition to the battery problems, one of these now will not work in receive mode.

Motorola now advertises a newer model with 25-mile range. All these range claims are for straight-line, unobstructed communication only. The terrains I hunt are so varied that true communication range can't be predicted very well. In general, I have been satisfied with field performance.

I welcome your comments on these and other brands.

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Old 10-16-2009, 11:29 AM
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We ended up with commercial radio's with commercial frequencies. We have had good luck with I believe the UFR band. Its kinda like AM radio as opposed to the VFR brand whcih is like FM radio. We can get 5 miles out of these on flat land and maybe a good mile or mile and a half in the timber.

A lot of companies make these. We have a 12 radio's in our group all programed to the same frequency. Make and model vary. Most of us bought a pair. Two things go with me every trip, my gun or bow and my radio.

The ones they sell in Kart and Wally world just don't seem to cut it.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:05 PM
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I havent tried any of the newer ones in years, my old cobras did pretty well for a bit, then we finally gave up on them when the batteries got more expensive than the radios.

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