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Discussion in 'Communication (CB | GPS | HAM)' started by bigdaddy89, Dec 19, 2000.

  1. bigdaddy89

    bigdaddy89 1/2 ton status

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    Has anybody tried out these 2 mile range hand held radios? I thought about getting some, but then noticed that you can get hand held cb radios that put out about 4 watts which I think would give you a little better range than the others. If anyone has any experience with these, please give me some feedback. Thanks.
     
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    They are nice and compact, great for hunting or keeping track of the kids,your wife, or anyone else for that matter while shopping. They work good close but far away they suck. That why I mainly use my COBRA HH-40's, Seven watts of output, gotta' love that. Those talkabouts are easier on batteries though. Hope this helps.
     
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    Have them too, as REDNECK said, great for hunting, finding people at a ball game/shopping/etc., even great for caravaning with a few cars down to the beach......or wherever. I used them for that a while back, worked great, especially since some guys don't have CB's. For better range though, no question a CB is the choice over the small radios.

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    My handheld CB takes 10 AA batteries and burns through them in 8-10 hours. My FRS radio will go for days on 4 AAA batteries. The FRS is way smaller and lighter but its range is pretty limited. One of each is handy to have. You can pick up some of the FRS radios pretty cheap these days.

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  5. How do those handhelds work if you get a mountain in between them? I like the idea of the size, but I would like a little range when I am hunting.
     
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    Hey they changed my name to anonymous.
     
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    Neither the FRS or the CB work well if there's a mountain between you and the other radio. [​IMG] The CB might have a slight edge here, since it operates on lower frequencies and has more power. Radio waves become ever more line-of-sight as the frequency increases. Submarines use ultra low frequency radios to communicate around the world. The land antennas to talk with them are miles long. [​IMG]

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    I currently don't have the funds to purchase a sub, so I think I will be getting the cb handhelds. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Ya might want to check out the local Walmart. Yesterday I saw a deal on a pair of Uniden 40 channel, 4 watt hand helds for $40!

    And I hear ya! The only sub I can afford is one of those little plastic ones for the bathtub that run on baking soda... [​IMG]

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    Harryh3, I saw those same radios at Walmart also. They are only $29.00 bucks here in AZ. I am going to pick some up today.
     
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    I was think I had seen them for $29, but thought that sounded too cheap. Figured it must have been $39! [​IMG] I don't know how they can sell them that cheap! I thought I got a deal a few years ago on my Cobra hand held at $39 for ONE!

    Make sure you buy plenty of batteries! [​IMG]

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    Has anybody tried out a set of handheld cb radios made by maxon? They claim to have a five mile range.
     
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    Must have been one of those wacky coincidences, but two boys in Tigard, Oregon heard a distress call from a couple of guys climbing Mt. Hood (apx. 60 miles away) on their cheap FRS radios..............helped get the guys rescued. Amazing.........

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    Those $29.00 for a set are a end of the year price, the lady at Walmart said end of the year model, that price will not last, I got two sets for basically the price of one set.
    THANKS COLORADOK5 and YOU GUYS... again

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    I ended up getting a set of midland 2 ways with rechargeable batteries and chargers for $50.00. They are 14 channel with the 38 scan codes. They seem to work ok, but I think I might try to get a 5 mile set. All you have to do is send in a check for an FCC license in order to operate the radios.
     
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    Bigdaddy89 where did you get those Midlands? Were they new? Let me know?

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    I got them at Sports Authority. They were last years models that had been opened. I know the manager of the store, so he gave me a discount on them.
     
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    Someone gave me a pair of the little handheld Midlands last year. Finally found a use for them. When the wife and I go shopping she goes her way and I go mine. After I'm done checking out the things I wish I could afford I would spend forever trying to find her (she'd get in those clothes racks and disappear!). I make her take one of these little radios now and the problem is solved. Sure beats walking around the store 10 times looking for her.

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    I use a handheld uhf made by vertex that has about a five mile range. Our whole hunting party has them. We purchased our own frequency as well, so we aren't listened in on. They have re-chargeable batteries and last about a day and a half on a full charge, on all the time. And yes, I can talk to my party on the other side of the hill. They're about $400 apiece, with all the goodies (earphone, remote mike, holster, charger)
     
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    Well I am not sur eif you are refering to the hand held CB's or the 2 way radios so I will comment on both.

    2ways:

    I have used the Motorola 2 ways about 4 years ago. They had a range of 2 miles. They worked really nice and I would recommend them. A friend of mine had a set of 4 that were borrowed from a mill he worked at... They worked nicely in mountainous areas.

    Hand Held CB's:

    They are nice and convienient, but dont work well in vehicles or over hills. I bet if you had someone tweak them a bit(if possible) they would work better and if you were in a vehicle, get the external antenna kit.
    They are neat thoguh! :)

    Mike [​IMG]
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