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Posted: 06/19/21 10:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out satellite radios, they operate anywhere.


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All,

Thanks very much for the feedback!

ktmrfs, after my research, I'm like the GRMS together with MURS. What make/model do you have? I'm considering a Tera TR-505.

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burkhall1 wrote:

All,

Thanks very much for the feedback!

ktmrfs, after my research, I'm like the GRMS together with MURS. What make/model do you have? I'm considering a Tera TR-505.


In the cars and for around camp we have rugged radio RH5R, one of the no longer sold units due to FCC crackdown on the non compliant radios. Programmed for MURS, FRS and GRMS

for off road riding etc. we have Standard Horizon HX370 or HX400 programmed for MURS channels and FRS channels. Standard horizon is single band only so no GRMS channels.

On both I programmed them with tone controlled squelch on the channels as well as the non tone controlled squelch on the same channels.


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Even as an Amateur Radio operator with the option of having more powerful transceivers the range isn't much better with a 6 watt or stronger Handy Talkie. For battery life we run the HT's at the lower power settings and use wire J pole antennas you can throw up in a tree or get up high somehow. Power doesn't do that much with a hand held. Rubber duck antennas are very limited. I use the base loaded wire antenna from Comet on my little HT instead of the stock plastic antenna. It does help... I think. But its still line of sight, get a cheap FRS radio and call it a day or become a Tech rated Amateur Radio operator for more options. [emoticon]

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We have a set of Cobra radios, advertised as maximum range of 35 miles in ideal conditions (up to two miles in urban conditions) don't believe it a mile maybe two under the right conditions and that's it.


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Have to agree about the companies opinionated hope to get past a couple miles at best. I think they did their testing in outer space with absolutely no interference.

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Fisherman wrote:

Have to agree about the companies opinionated hope to get past a couple miles at best. I think they did their testing in outer space with absolutely no interference.


just about correct. Range for some, maybe all, is listed for the conditions that one radio is on a high elevation and able to look directly downward to the other radio with nothing in the path, zip, nada, not a tree, not a rock outcropping nothing.

And as some others have mentioned, 5W gives a limited range, especially with the "rubber ducky" antennas. On mine I have loaded, matched, wavelength matched antennas.

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Cobra radios have different power output depending on channel. How much it changes range, I do not know!


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enblethen wrote:

Cobra radios have different power output depending on channel. How much it changes range, I do not know!

assuming everything else is equal less power = shorter range.


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burkhall1 wrote:

All,

Thanks very much for the feedback!

ktmrfs, after my research, I'm like the GRMS together with MURS. What make/model do you have? I'm considering a Tera TR-505.


I just picked up a Midland MXT275 GMRS package from Amazon - haven't had a chance to install or test it yet, but it gets good reviews on the various off-road forums I've checked.


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