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Old 10-03-2015, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, after this years hunting season, both me and my father both realized it is time to get new radios. Ours currently are just too hit and miss in being able to understand each other. It's either I can hear him but he can't understand me, or the other way around. I am wondering what radios everyone is using as we look for new ones that good range. We want to talk from different canyons and such... Thanks guys
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Old 10-03-2015, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My boy lost one of our pair... so i'm in the market for some as well. I look forward to any recommendations. If they werent so expensive I'd get some Rino 650's.


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I agree that they are expensive, but it has gotten to the point that we are almost willing to pay more to ensure good communications.
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I was in Cabelas last week and they had the ad that runs from Oct 8-18 and the Rino 650 will be on sale for $329. I think they run this sale every October. I can remember this going on for the last couple years at least.
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We use Midland; don't have the range of the Rino, but they've worked well for years. I think I paid 130 at Cabela's for mine.
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Motorola CP200's on a licensed frequency.

Also see this thread: walkie talkies?
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm leaning towards these, Motorola MS350R:

http://www.target.com/p/motorola-35-...r/-/A-14484510

I like that they are water resistant, float... are yellow (we just lost a camo radio Grrrr). 35mile range is a pipe dream... but should be fine for our use.


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Sportsmans had the Rino 650 on sale from $499 down to $349 from September 20-27th. I came this close to jumping on that.

I purchased a Cobra branded set about 9 years ago. While it's rated at 11 miles (I think), it's good for about 1/2 to 3/4ths a mile in steep canyon country. I wouldn't purchase the Cobra brand again. I had one handset (and it's rechargeable battery) completely crap out for no reason after a couple of years. The radios have been well cared for, never abused and only used every 2 or 3 years. So it was probably only the third time that radio had ever seen use. Perhaps it's an unfortunate fluke, but Cobra won't get my money again.

Midland or Motorola have pretty good reps.
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I had one handset (and it's rechargeable battery) completely crap out for no reason after a couple of years. The radios have been well cared for, never abused and only used every 2 or 3 years. So it was probably only the third time that radio had ever seen use.
To save money on manufacturing costs, alot of electonics are "glued" together now... or taped. Over time this glue can separate causing failures. Some modern game consoles are like this and people literally put them in ovens or use heat-guns to soften the glue and "restick" components.

But good to know about avoiding cobra.

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Stumbled across these... they get VERY good reviews almost everywhere. People recommend replacing the default antenna with a better dual band one. For the money, the performance seems pretty crazy and you can program it to pick up a wide range of frequencies from FM radio, police / EMS frequences, to GMR / FRS.

Radio: $29
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-BA...electronics-US

Antenna, $4:
http://www.banggood.com/NA-519-SMA-F...-p-912894.html

Really tempted to buy and try a pair.


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