Need good hand held radios, suggestions? (12 miles)

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by indyfan, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. indyfan

    indyfan New Member

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    I've been hired to work security detail on a local farmers property and we need a decent radio so we have a good strong communication within the two properties that the farmer owns.

    The properties are about 12 miles apart with few scattered houses and fields in between. We had purchased supposed 35-mile range motorola radios but they did not work at all. After inspection of the box, it says the 35-mile range is only obtainable when one radio is on a mountain and the other is in a valley or something.


    Any suggestions on what we should do? We have cellphones, but we would like to use them as a secondary form of communication.


    Much obliged :)
     
  2. firedawg60

    firedawg60 New Member

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    12 miles would be pretty hard to hit without a repeater. We have a hard time hitting back to dispatch at 4 miles, but it's an antenna height issue and it's on a repeater. Have you thought about a ham set up or something like that?
     

  3. CourtJester

    CourtJester Well-Known Member

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    There is one cellphone company that has a cellphone that can be used as a walky-talky. Not sure who it is but I was with a friend in the store while he chated with his father in law on what beer to get from inside a Walmart about 25 miles away.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You are dealing with line-of-sight issues. At that range, one of you is over the horizon from the other. Go for the cell phone.
     
  5. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    push to talk boost mobile...just about the best deal going (35dollars) a month!;)

    im wondering,is nextel even available anymore?
     
  6. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    These phones and connections are, many times, mandatory for supervisors on large construction sites. Of course you are still depending on the cell towers, but the range is unlimited.
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Smoke signals. But I'm old school like that. And sometimes a little sarcastic, sorry. :)

    Would a cb reach that far? We used Marine radios on the pipeline, but I don't know if that's perfectly legal. I was told it wasn't.
     
  8. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    If your not on a waterway I believe you could run into trouble.
     
  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Lol, that's what I thought, but I was a lowly laborer/crew truck driver, I thought it was a cb! Stayed out of trouble while working for that company, so I'll let them deal with it now.
     
  10. Logand4c

    Logand4c New Member

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    If you have android phones or I phones there is a free app called Tikl that you can download that will make your phones work just like walkie talkies
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    that would be my suggestion is a cell phone with the walkie talkie feature. most CB's only have about a 5-7 mile range without an amplifier (linear) hooked up to them and those can be a little pricy. another option would be 2-way radio system.
     
  12. firedawg60

    firedawg60 New Member

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    How about something in the low band range? I used to talk to LA County FD from KS, but...the weather had to be right.
     
  13. Scratch

    Scratch New Member

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    CB's aren't going to give you much range at all. FRS will give you a little more, but not 12 miles probably. I have the 36 mile Midland radios and I can only get about 5 miles clearly.
    I work for a security system company and we use the Sprint PTT phones (used to be Nextels) They work awesome for what you want to do, as long as you can get service out there.
     
  14. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I remember when if the package said "2 miles" that's what you could actually expect to get out of it.

    All this 36 miles and 50 miles translating into "ideal conditions with no obstructions" is bull crap. False advertising I'd say.