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Old 02-28-2014, 03:13 AM   #11
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:57 AM   #12
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I have the 35 mile Motorolas. Fine radios. I use the weather band anytime we have storms.The effective range is 1 mile give or take with timber.
35 miles would be on a boat, on the ocean with mirror smooth water. Kind of like the way the car companies arrive at mpg figures. Optimum conditions.
If they actually could be used that far I'd throw my cell phones in the can and save a couple hundred a month.

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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.
I agree with you. In my mind the only way you could get 18 miles without a repeater is if one of you was in an airplane. If I remember correctly your line of sight is limited to 7 miles by the Earth's curvature.
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No Morse Code requirement for VHF / UHF.

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Jimski have you actually used these? I have similar and the range is more like a half mile.
So far I've only used these a couple times last year before the weather got real snowy and cold. Used on my property were the distance is under 1/2 mile. When I get a chance I'll charge them up and do a test going into town in my truck.

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ICOM IC-F14-05-RC (VHF) $219
Blackbox Plus 2 way radio (VHF) $191
Vertex VX-424 Intrinsically Safe (VHF) 2 way radio $329
Vertex VX-451-D0 (VHF) $259.95
ICOm IC-F3021S-41-DTC (VHF) $256.99
these are the choices I sent up to our client after a ton of research. These are all meant to be used in an urban area or open area. UHF radios are better for being inside a large building as the signal can move along concrete and metal.

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ICOM IC-F14-05-RC (VHF) $219
Blackbox Plus 2 way radio (VHF) $191
Vertex VX-424 Intrinsically Safe (VHF) 2 way radio $329
Vertex VX-451-D0 (VHF) $259.95
ICOm IC-F3021S-41-DTC (VHF) $256.99
these are the choices I sent up to our client after a ton of research. These are all meant to be used in an urban area or open area. UHF radios are better for being inside a large building as the signal can move along concrete and metal.
So a dual band would be the way to go then to get the best of both worlds, and possibly sacrifice some range?
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yeah but they will probably be more expensive. The ones I listed have certain features I need for the field I work in like panic buttons/tip over monitors and the like and they will be used in a several block radius of my building in downtown san antonio

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KK4WSZ I have the yaesu VX-170 & VX-10 I paid $170.00 for the VX-170 & $38.90 for the VX-10
My other cheapest I got from eBay I only paid $31.00 for one and $49.00
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I have a General Class HAM license, there was no Morse code required for this license.

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