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Kutter_0311 wrote:Motorola MR356R 22-Channel 35-Mile Two-Way Radios
Saw these in the Bug Out Gear Deals thread, and wanted an opinion on them from the Comm Jedi here at ZS. I know enough about radios to know I'll never get the 35 miles they list, but the reviews I read on Amazon that sounded like they actually knew anything were pretty solid. I mostly need some radios for car to car comms on convoys, or team comms for tactical/scout ops. Ability to use a remote ear-bud and PPT mic would be handy, but are not deal breakers.
A) For $51 (shipped), is this a good value with the ability to fill my needs?
B) Are there accessories that are available for these that will make using them in a bug-out/extended tactical environment easier and more effective/efficient, like spare rechargeable batteries, external antenaes, solar battery chargers, etc.
C) How water resistant/proof are these? How rugged? Will they tolerate a heavy rain, or should they live in a ziploc bag?
zommoz10 wrote:NoAm wrote:I have found when it comes to the FRS radios, not all claims of mileage (area) are correct.
Have you found ANY to be correct?
They're more than incorrect. They're deceptive.
crypto wrote:Midland advertises their radios are "50 channels". Dont believe it.
When selecting your radios, I would pay attention to the "IPX rating" on them.
crypto wrote:Jerkoff HAM people telling you to get a license or repurpose a business-class radio should probably stop reading at this point.
crypto wrote: FCC currently has about a dozen field inspectors for the entire continental US, so with that kind of enforcement level, and 10 million GMRS radios sold every year, you're bound to get caught eventually.
zommoz10 wrote:crypto wrote: FCC currently has about a dozen field inspectors for the entire continental US, so with that kind of enforcement level, and 10 million GMRS radios sold every year, you're bound to get caught eventually.
That's cute but you don't realize that GMRS, much like the Amateur radio service is pretty heavily self-policed. If you're transmitting without a license, anyone could file a complaint and submit evidence to the FCC. They can investigate it right from a field office. Just because you can't hear one another beyond a city block doesn't mean other people can't.
crypto wrote:I'm a ham too, but not an evangelical one. I understand that some people don't like fucking with radios, don't enjoy radios as a hobby, and just want a simple tool to perform a desired function. Many hams dont. They will push FCC Part 97 as a panacea for all problems. They fail to understand that MOST PEOPLE JUST DONT WANT TO FUCK WITH RADIOS. Most people DONT WANT TO MAKE RADIOS THEIR HOBBY. They want a tool to perform a specific task, and the simpler the better.
crypto wrote:I told him to get a license because he was going to get caught, what part of that was unclear?
crypto wrote:I see that someone has already reported my last post, and I apologize for using the term jerkoff.
crypto wrote:Many hams, specially on ZS, are really bad about turning every single radio thread into a discussion about why ham radio is better than any alternative. I'm truly getting tired of it. It's getting as bad as gun forums where some dude asks what people think of a glock and then gets dogpiled by a bunch of people telling him he needs to hand-build a 1911.
crypto wrote:Anyway, I'm answering his question about GMRS radios. Thats what he asked about.
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