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Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
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1,166 of 1,193 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2009
Size Name: Two Pack
IMPRESSION BASED ON EXPERIENCE:
This is my second pair of Motorola 2-Way radios. I have tried other bands like Midland and been very disappointed, but Motorola has never let me down. I needed two extra radios for a fishing trip to Colorado so that my father, my brother, my son and I could stay in touch. I was amazed at how good these radios did in the mountains. At one point I was over three miles away from my father on the other side of a mountain and we could still talk clearly. Now I know 3 miles in not as far as the 23 miles range that is claimed these radios can reach, but if you know anything about how these radios transmit, then you know that for it to transmit clearly through 3 miles of solid mountain is close to a miracle. I have a pair of Midland G-300 Two Way Radios that claim a 10 mild range that cannot even reach 1/2 a mile through forest on straight level ground. I was also impressed with the battery life. Even after a long day of heavy use these units had plenty of power left. One was left on over night after being used all day and it still had power the next day.

Since I want this review to be helpful to people people wanting to buy these, I want to make something clear. The range claim that any 2-way radio manufacturer makes, is base on optimum conditions with no structural or atmospheric interference. In real life you can never expect to get those kinds of ranges out of any unit. Due to the curvature of the earth I would not expect that any radio could reach farther then 10 miles under normal conditions unless each radio is located in an elevated position with a valley in between, such as on either side of the Grand Canyon. So when you buy a 2-way radio, don't pay much attention to the range claims that are made. Just make sure that they will do what you need them to and don't expect a miracle that deifies the laws of physics.

PROS:
Motorola quality, great range and battery life.

CONS:
None that I can find.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
If you are looking for a good pair of 2-way radios for hiking, camping, fishing or similar, look no farther. If you are looking for 2-way radios for some sort of specialized professional use or something else these may or may not be what you are looking for.
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568 of 594 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2010
Size Name: Two PackVerified Purchase
I bought 2 pair of these radios as well as 3 pair of the MR355s. They cost $20 less, so I could get about 3 pair of these for 2 pair of the MR355s. I distributed them to my supervisors, vehicle operators and field engineers in our open area shipyard.

The reception is fine, although you do notice the clearer sound and slightly longer range of the MR355s (I'm talking only a couple hundred yards longer).

The unit uses the supplied NiMH battery pack or 3 AAA's. Of course, AA's batteries like the ones used in the MR355 would have more power and last longer, but then, the MR355 has more features (like vibrate and an LED flashlight) that use up more power. Anyway, I knew the compromises when I got the units.

However, I wasn't ready for the MH230 to show 2 bars on the battery icon and yet the display wasn't functioning clearly. Some of the LCD lines were very faint or could only be seen at an extreme angle. For instance, the 8 looked like a 9 bcs the left lower LCD bar wouldn't light up. After trying out the features, I fully charged the battery. Wouldn't you know it, at full charge, all the LCD's work. At partial charge (or discharge, as you like it) some of the LCD bars would fade out. This happened with all 4 MH230 radios and didn't happen with any of the MR355s, even as the more expensive radio's would run out of juice. NOTE to Giant Electronics, fix this issue! You're ruining Motorola's rep.

Anyway, we use the MH230 in thick steel crane and payloader cabins, talking to people in the office 700 yards away with a couple 30 foot tall cargo ships and a few dozen welders doing their thing in between. The sound is mostly clear and everyone gets heard. The users wish they had the PTT earbuds that come with the more expensive units, but hey, you get the bright yellow ones, be happy!

The guys who crawl around inside the steel hulls get the MR355s with the PTT, vibra and lights. They're happy too.

4 stars for the unit performance, minus 1 star bcs of the LCD problems at half batt.

Can't complain I'm not getting the 23 mile range, or they would owe me stars. BTW, many 25 Watt vehicle or base station radios with 36 inch antennas won't get 23 miles, so don't expect these reach that far.
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213 of 223 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
Size Name: Triple PackVerified Purchase
I purchased these walkies so our group of 6 could keep in touch during a 7 day cruise. They did not dissapoint. We never had any problems with interference or static. One day, we were off the ship,about 6 miles from port and the walkies actually worked getting in touch with our group still on the ship! We were impressed! We look forward to using them for this upcoming ski season
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126 of 137 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2009
Size Name: Two PackVerified Purchase
I bought these for my son's 4th birthday. I read the Amazon reviews before making a purchase and boy does that help. For the money, I highly recommend these 2-way radios. We have been using them for about 3 weeks now and the battery has never run out at the end of each day. We just put them on the charger at night and the next day, they are good to go. Our relatives lives next door, and they have a 2-way so we are able to talk back and forth. It's been so nice for the kids and the adults!! We camp in the summer so I think the kids will get a lot of use out of these at the campground. My son is 4 ad daughter is 6, so they are too young for cell phones - but these 2-way radio's will be perfect for them to stay in touch with mom and dad. The only downfall is the side button was a little difficult for my son to push in order to talk, but he has learned to hold it with both hands and able to push the button fine now. Totally recommend this product.
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197 of 217 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2009
Size Name: Two PackVerified Purchase
I've never written a review before - but was motivated to write this one. This is a great product. My fly fishing buddy and i use these in the mountains - and they are great. Very clear. My friend even fell into the river, and after drying out, the radio came back to life.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
Size Name: Triple Pack
Awesome product. I didnt even know they came with 3 ear pieces. They were a little sensitive to wind but all in all it was a great deal. i can hear everyone clearly and they were very small and light weight. I highly recommend.
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97 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
Size Name: Two PackVerified Purchase
I purchased two pairs of these radios for family use while skiing. I liked the compact style and flush buttons that won't get inadvertently pressed while in your jacket pocket. I bought them to replace an old pair of fr60 Talkabouts we have been using for years while skiing with no problems. Even though these old workhorses are still working, I decided to replace with the more compact MH230R.

Unfortunately, these radios DO NOT WORK WHEN THEY ARE EXPOSED TO COLD WEATHER!! DO NOT buy them to use for winter / cold weather use!! I am soooo disappointed in Motorola with these radios. If you go to their web site there is a picture of a man holding a radio on top of a snowy mountain.... yet these radios don't work in that environment! Specifically, the transmit function stops working once the units get cold.

After a frustrating weekend on the slopes with my new non-functioning radios, I tested the radios versus my old fr60 Talkabouts. With the MH230Rs fully charged and turned on, I placed them outside in 10degrees F weather for 45 minutes along with my fr60s. After 45 minutes in the cold weather ALL of my fr60s still worked fine, while NONE of the new MH230Rs were able to transmit.

How could Motorola ignore such an important environment as cold weather?? Don't they test these radios in this kind of environment? We consider the radios a safety requirement for our family - and this flaw clearly put our family at risk.

On the positive side, amazon.com made the return easy and refunded my money quickly. Thanks amazon!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
Size Name: Two PackVerified Purchase
Our two way radios stopped working after 2 weeks much to my kids' disappointment. Instead of returning them to Amazon, I tried to work with Motorola on the problem. What a mistake! It was been over a month and the problem still hasn't been resolved. Motorola does not know the first thing about customer service!!
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119 of 136 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: Two Pack
I'll admit that when I came across these 2 way radios when just browsing electronics one day, I had no intention of buying any. Though my son and I hunt and fish where we occasionally get separated, we always have cell phones along for keeping in touch. Upon closer examination however I was intrigued by the fact that this pair of radios (as well as several other ones within this price range and higher) carry all 7 NOAA weather channels. They are essentially a two way communicator that is a full fledged weather radio as well. This may not sound all that significant unless you happen to own, or are interested in owning a small portable hand held weather radio like some available here on Amazon. The single portable walkie talkie size weather radios on Amazon that don't do anything else but receive weather, are far more expensive per unit than buying two of these two way radios. Simply put, these radios are literally two for the price of one when comparing them to other hand held weather receivers here. Not only do you get two walkie talki/weather radios, but you also get a holder/charging unit that keeps them fully charged and ready for action at all times. They also carry the same alert option that other NOAA weather radios have so you can be advised of dangerous weather in your home, or wherever you happen to take them. I don't really believe that I would recommend these radios solely for the purpose of weather radios if one could honestly say they would never have any use for a two way radio. However it just so happens that when you own a pair of these you would be surprised how often you do find a situation where they come in fun and handy. When my son and I go out in the wilderness now we take these along in addition to the cell phones. They are very loud and clear and never lose a signal like cell phones do. When I am not using them for communication, I keep one on the local NOAA weather station and are continuously informed of the latest weather and advisories 24 hours a day. They get excellent weather reception and besides, there's two of them. When for whatever reason one dies or has an accident, there is an instant replacement ready to take its place. Whether you are considering these radios for two way communication, or just for their weather feature, I highly recommend them. As two way radios go they are very reliable and have an excellent range. And as for the weather radio feature, they are one of the best bargains around... PS: If you are interested in an even cheaper pair of two way radios with the weather feature, check out the Cobra model at the link enclosed. These Cobra radios have a shorter range as walkie talkies but are the very cheapest pair of two way radios with weather that I could find on Amazon. Just $25 a pair as of this review. Check 'em out...Cobra Micro Talk CTX85 Gmrs/Frs 2-Way (Black)
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
Size Name: Two PackVerified Purchase
I purchased this set for a cruise. We were traveling with another couple and wanted to make sure we could reach each other no matter where we were on the ship. These little Moto radios worked perfect. We were on a large ship (140,000 tons) with over 3,000 passengers. The radios worked everytime no mattter how many floors apart. We NEVER heard any cross talk, false alerts or interference. This is because of the 100's of sub channels available. Battery charge was sufficient for all day use as we recharged every night. We also used a little on shore with no problems but only when absolutely needed because we were not sure of the local laws.
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