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Posted: 6/22/2002 5:29:02 PM EDT
Was just getting ready for ETH's farm shoot, and getting my camping stuff outta boxes. Came across my FRS. Got curious, how many other have em on this board. So what do you have? I bet most have Motorola's. That's why I went with a BellSouth. 5mi max range. 15channel. 38sub-channels. Do you use it often? I don't anymore since moving to TX. Haven't done much outdoor stuff here. [:(] I know a lot of the FalFILES guys use this to meet during gunshows.
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 5:32:12 PM EDT
i have a pair of radioshacks, GARBAGE!!!!! STAY AWAY!!!! these things suck. was kinda curious myself as i am looking for some quality ones. btw, what are the FALfiles?
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 5:34:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By quietshoez: i have a pair of radioshacks, GARBAGE!!!!! STAY AWAY!!!! these things suck. was kinda curious myself as i am looking for some quality ones. btw, what are the FALfiles?
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I hear good things about Motorola and Cobra. I believe those are the best to buy for sub $100 radios. FalFILES is a gun board much like this one dedicated to FALS. [url]http://www.falfiles.com/forums/index.php[/url]
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 5:37:07 PM EDT
Got a pair of Moto T-289's for $89 each at Fry's on Northwest Hwy. They do pretty much everything.
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Link Posted: 6/22/2002 6:26:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Arock: Got a pair of Moto T-289's for $89 each at Fry's on Northwest Hwy. They do pretty much everything.
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Ha...that's where I got mine (but on 45 North...I don't think there's one on 290). I bought the T1030? They were something like $130 list...Fry's had them MISMARKED in the black color for $49 and Motorola had a mail-in rebate of $25 or free rechargeable batter packs. I bought the only two they had and it even rang up proper at the register. Funny thing is, the blue colors were marked properly at $89 or something on sale. Anyway, got a steal of a deal and gave 'em to the wife for Christmas...believe it or not, that's what she wanted! They're great, and have lots of unnecessary stuff on them for recreational users like us...but they were cheaper than the "cheap set" of Motorolas.
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 6:40:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 6:54:46 PM EDT
I have a couple Cobra 900 DX. Up here in the Sierra mtns the range can vary a LOT. Usually they're good for 1/2 - 1 mile. Depends on terrain. One day Mcwarrior and I were on the way back from Wrights lake (near Tahoe) and were on top of a ridge with a clear view of the Mt Diablo in the bay area. We had one of the radios scanning and picked up a conversation between a couple guys in Benicia!
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 7:27:19 PM EDT
I got a Motorola UHF Astro set to narrow band, high power. I get out out out!
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 7:39:00 PM EDT
Kenwood UH14. They have a scramble feature which may be useful. Range is 2+ miles LOS, less in wooded or built-up areas, but still over a mile. Gr8 radios.
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 7:45:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 9:16:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By brouhaha: 5mi range, 22 channels, 38 codes.
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Are you sure that's not a CB radio [;D]
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 9:21:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 9:49:24 PM EDT
I have a pair of Midland Voice operated F-20 14 chan.38 codes with a power saver call tone and a roger beep and so far they work pretty good! [:D]
Link Posted: 6/22/2002 10:24:20 PM EDT
Well 53% Motorola so far.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 5:56:50 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/23/2002 6:16:36 AM EDT
uniden ecotrek 440 on clearnace at wall mart $20. lots of feautres shitty range 350 yards max at busch gardens.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 11:58:38 AM EDT
I've got cheap Motorola FR50's only 14 channels, no privacy codes. They advertise a 2 mile range I use them when I go fishing with friends. In Canada I got 4 miles out of them across a lake.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 12:12:39 PM EDT
I have 2 soup cans with a string in between. It's range is determined by the length of the string.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 12:49:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bunghole: I have 2 soup cans with a string in between. It's range is determined by the length of the string.
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I use to have that. I hade the DelMonte can C280's
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 1:24:43 PM EDT
I have various Motorola units. Range depends on terrain. Usually 1.5 miles. Also have Alinco dual band HAM handheld.With a roof mount antenna ,it will talk on flat land , 12 to 15 miles. Have used repeaters over 30 miles away. All on 5 watts.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 1:38:12 PM EDT
Interesting topic considering I was just at Sam's Club today looking at radios. I have no experience with radios like this but would like to have something that I can take out in the woods for extended backpacking trips but also use in an urban setting. What should I be looking for? Sam's has Motorola T5210, two for $49.95. They also have the XV1100 for $149.95 each.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 1:39:55 PM EDT
Standard Comunications HXA I think they go 4-5mi./they're for ocean/boats there supposed to be water'ressistant',rubber sealed 'n such.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 1:58:48 PM EDT
Just after the BRC I bought a pair of Motorola FRS 5420's at Sears for $49.95 which was $10.00 less than Best Buy, Circuit City or any other store in my area. 14 channels, 38 codes, VOX, and several more features. I took them to Montana for como use at the Quigley Buffalo Rifle match and for use inroute from Ohio. They were on for the entire road trip(30 hours) and during the 4 days(6-10 hours each) we were there. I put fresh batteries in for the trip home on Sunday. No complaints on my part, but I haven't checked the range very much yet. So far they seem to be good little radios. Don in Ohio
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 2:12:50 PM EDT
I have a pair of the Audiovox radios. We have limited use with them, basically just "car to car" and they seem to work fine. These radios have both the FRS and GMRS channels and a high and low power setting. I have not noticed a real difference on the Hi and low settings. Also, I don't understand the GMRS setting. The package said "Up to 5 mile range". Is this using the GMRS setting? It also says I need a licence from the FCC. Is this for the GMRS? I know I need to re-read the directions.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 2:22:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 3:06:00 PM EDT
Got the Motorola 6400. Seem to be ok. Have only used them on the 600 yd line. Got them on sale at Dicks Sporting with a $25 rebate on each.
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 4:25:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By brouhaha: Yes, you'll need a license from the FCC to use the GMRS frequencies. It's a 10 year license, and costs $12.
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Acutally, you don't [i]NEED[/i] the license to use the GMRS frequencies. You're [i]supposed[/i] to get the license to operate on the "public" airways if you want to operate within the confines of the law. Just like you're supposed to have a drivers license to operate a motor vehicle on a public road. The difference is there are no FCC traffic cops sitting around the corner with radar waiting to nab you. The radio will work just fine without the license[:)]
Link Posted: 6/23/2002 4:40:15 PM EDT
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