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Motorola MR356 2-Way CAMO FRS/GMRS Radio (Camo)


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  • Up to 35 mile range
  • 22 channels + 8 repeater channels, each with 121 privacy codes for 2662 combinations
  • 5 regular and 5 animal call tones
  • Quiet Talk interruption feature
  • 2 radios, 1 dual drop-in charger, 1 charging adapter and 2 NiMH battery packs, 2 earbuds with PTT microphone, MR356R Value Pack includes: 2 earpieces with boom microphones, 1 mini-USB car charger, and 2 belt clips
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Product Description

The Motorola Talkabout MR355R walkie talkies are the ultimate communication tool for the serious outdoor enthusiast. Featuring a range of up to 35 miles and loaded with features, with the MR355R you'll be ready for the extreme outdoors. MR356R Features are MR356R Value Pack includes 2 earpieces with boom microphones, 1 mini-USB car charger, and 2 belt clips. A range of up to 35 miles under favorable conditions.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 12 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003A4HBT6
  • Item model number: MR356R
  • Batteries 2 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

Good voice quality (clear, loud) 4.
Amazon Customer
In real world use with obstructions (houses, trees, cars, etc) the signal is quickly absorbed and range is limited to ~2 miles.
Dale
I boxed them back up and returned them.
paradoxes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2011
Color Name: Camo Verified Purchase
PROS:
1. Rich in features (GMRS repeater-capable, weather channels and alerts, quiet codes, etc.)
2. Reasonably easy to use (after studying the user guide)
3. Good voice quality (clear, loud)
4. Sturdy, reliable
5. Price--very affordable

CONS:
1. Rechargeable battery doesn't last as long as I'd like. I wouldn't risk going out in to the field without extra (alkaline) batteries. If left powered on, even with light use, the battery charge won't last many hours--based on my actual use. Solution: always carry extra batteries.
2. Range under realistic conditions is probably only a mile. You should understand that this is not a fault of the radio, but is a factor of (1) transmit power, and (2) terrain. For the price, 1.5 watt transmit power is about as good as you're going to find. Pay more, get more. On water or flat (unobstructed) terrain, the range can be much greater: thus the outrageous claim of "up to 35 mile range." My complaint is that they simply shouldn't make claims like this that are theoretically possible but practically impossible. Again, not a fault of the radio itself.

The abundance of features, and the fact that I don't use these radios every day, and I have a terrible memory, required me to make a "cheat sheet" (about the size of an index card) to remind me how to use many of the features. After studying the user guide and making the cheat sheet, I was impressed at how logically the features actually work. I loaned one of my radios to a buddy (a smart guy, former military), and he was kinda lost on how to use it until I gave him a quick overview. So, it pays to study the radio before you strike out into the field and need to depend on it.

I highly recommend these radios.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Funstuff on January 20, 2011
Color Name: Camo Verified Purchase
People that have experience with 2 way radios know that they are good for 1/2 mile to 2 miles in good outdoor conditions, 2 ways will not reach their claims of 5,10,20+ miles. These are just a newer version of the MR355R. These are great radios, and have motorola's known clear clarity. For uses under 2 miles,closer to a mile, these are awesome, great for camping/hunting. If you can't make up your mind between Motorola or Midland, Midland gets a tad better range and Motorola's have a slightly better clearer clarity, those are the main differences between the 2 brands. I recommend the MR356R.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William E. Mitchell Sr. on January 4, 2011
Color Name: Camo Verified Purchase
I purchased these portables to replace an aging Motorola, which was the best technology of its time. This model just blows the older one out of the water. I used them for the 2010 Pennsylvania buck season in McKean county. According to my GPS, I was 2.7 miles away from camp, in a deep valley, with a big mountain in front of me. I could communicate (transmit and receive) very clearly with the 2 guys at camp, one who was using the same model radio, and the other was using a slightly older model. My hunting partner and I had no problems communcating either who was about 3 miles away from me in another mountain valley. I really didn't get a chance to test their limits, but these definitely suit my needs very well. The hands free iVOX feature is great as well. A full charge of the battery, with intermittent communication, lasted over 16 hours. All in all, these are the radios you want for hassle free outdoor communication. Kudos to Motorola for the ease of use and functionality of the product. Definitely 5 stars!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dale on February 24, 2011
Color Name: Camo Verified Purchase
I've purchased and used many walkie-talkies over the years and seen the technology evolve and become better with each new generation. These are wonderful radios. The audio is clean and clear with good punch. They are speced at 35 mile range, however this is marketing-speak for 'under completely optimum conditions' -- ie., mountain top to mountain top. In real world use with obstructions (houses, trees, cars, etc) the signal is quickly absorbed and range is limited to ~2 miles. Two power positions low and high on the PTT button. They are essentially a short range radio. So if you anticipate that use, you will be satisfied.

One of the things that I really like about this radio is that it will hit the GMRS repeater frequencies, where most will not. (License required -- Our license is WQNR625) A repeater extends the useful range of communication for many miles. We have purchased a GMRS repeater for our church emergency preparedness use and will use these radios for our emergency preparedness communication.

Another handy feature of these radios is that they will receive the National Weather Station. You just push and hold the + sign button for 3 seconds and you have continuous weather coverage. Very handy when camping, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yordan Quesada on August 1, 2012
Color Name: Camo
I love these; they are built with high quality materials, and feel sturdy. When it comes to the ranges, 35 miles...well that depends on terrain just like any other radio, but it does have more range than my previous set no doubt. These include weather channels, and security features so people can't listen to your conversations or link in to the same channel as you are. Other advanced features include connection to local radio tower, for extended range coverage, etc. The battery is pretty decent, and if while out there in the outdoors, night hits well simply use the LED light built right in it. I love these!
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