2 way radios

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by BigBizz87, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. BigBizz87

    BigBizz87 New Member

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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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  2. Jimski

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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.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camp...95280&WTz_l=Unknown;cat104795280;cat104785380

    Jim
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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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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  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Most cellular plans offer free mobile to mobile calling. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Bobjr59

    Bobjr59 New Member

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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.
     
  7. JW357

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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.
     
  8. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    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
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     
  10. KG7IL

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    Ham Radio Licenses are easier than ever to get.
    No Morse Code requirement for VHF / UHF.

    di dah dit
     
  11. TerryM

    TerryM New Member

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    The only way to go IMHO
     
  12. GTX63

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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.
     
  13. Doc3402

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    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.
     
  14. msup752

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    Use caution. The government publishes my address and phone number because I have a license. A simple google search of my name gives out all my personal info.


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  15. Jimski

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    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.

    Jim
     
  16. seancslaughter

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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.
     
  17. KJG67

    KJG67 New Member

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    So a dual band would be the way to go then to get the best of both worlds, and possibly sacrifice some range?
     
  18. seancslaughter

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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
     
  19. Bobjr59

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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
    for the other ;) .
     
  20. Mongo

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    I have a General Class HAM license, there was no Morse code required for this license.