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Old 02-27-2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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Lookin for around 1 to 1-1/2 mile range in an urban setting and woodland setting at a reasonable price any first hand experience with particular radios would be much appreciated

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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I picked-up this Midland two way radio set at Cabela's last year when they were on sale. Work good and no problems.

Midland LXT118VP Radio Pack

This pair of radios is a great value in a tiny package, perfect for a multitude of outdoor activities. Midland’s LXT118VP radio pack boasts an 18-mile range, 22 channels and a dual-power option that supports either standard alkaline batteries or the included rechargeable batteries. Additional features include a water-resistant shell, call alert, channel scan, a hands-free eVox option, auto squelch, battery-life extender, keypad lock and a headset jack. AC adapter included.

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Jimski have you actually used these? I have similar and the range is more like a half mile.

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if you want anything over a mile in normal terrain you need a 2 meter FM portable, and the cheapest(least expensive) is north of $300. The FMRS radios are not bad for line of sight, or between two cars on the same road moving in the same direction. If you want a Better option, get some CB handi's(walkies)...at least On a Hill you can go a few miles...


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if you want anything over a mile in normal terrain you need a 2 meter FM portable, and the cheapest(least expensive) is north of $300. The FMRS radios are not bad for line of sight, or between two cars on the same road moving in the same direction. If you want a Better option, get some CB handi's(walkies)...at least On a Hill you can go a few miles...


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As for the 2 meter walkie talkie they can be found on eBay starting around 25-60$ and if you don't have a ham license it can be opened to the murs channels which are business channels and you don't have to have a license to operate on those channels.
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an 18-mile range
An 18 mile range for a $40 piece of equipment?

I rather doubt it. I know its not you claiming that, Jimski, but the site.

Personally, knowing a bit about how radios operate, I don't buy into that.
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An 18 mile range for a $40 piece of equipment?

I rather doubt it. I know its not you claiming that, Jimski, but the site.

Personally, knowing a bit about how radios operate, I don't buy into that.
Just as an example of what I'm saying, here's one of the FAQs on this product from the link above.



If Iam inside a house and my husband is 10 miles down the road, will these radios work ok?

The Midland LXT118VP Radio Pack, item IK-270108, will have reception based on several factors. The distance ratings are based on optimum condition, which do not include being inside a building or at a long distance, if the terrain is not basically flat, with no intervening hills or trees
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i have the Cobra MicroTalk PR 109 2V FMRS radios that list a 10 mile range. pretty much closer to about a 1/2 mile on a good day.

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