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Motorola TalkAbout T5820 AA 5-Mile 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios (Pair) (Graphite Black)


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  • 5-Mile Range
  • 22 Designated GMRS/FRS Channels
  • 38 Interference Eliminator Codes
  • 10 Audible Call Tones
  • Vibra Call Alert
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Color: Graphite Black AA

From the Manufacturer

The Talkabout T5820 is an ideal adventure two-way radio. The sporty design is built to withstand a harsh environment and provide extra communications range (up to 5 miles - range will vary based on terrain and conditions), making this two-way radio perfect for hikers, fishermen, and people playing outdoor sports. In addition to all of the features of the T5800, this device has 5 more call tones, Channel Scan and VibraCall functionality.

The radio uses three AA Alkaline batteries sold separately. Upgrade your device with the optional NiCD rechargeable battery upgrade kit. Other features: 22 Channels, 38 Codes to minimize interference from outside your group; Backlit LCD display for easy reading in dark conditions; 10 audible call tones to get other's attention before you start talking; VOX advanced voice activation lets you talk hands-free with accessory. This radio requires an FCC license.


Product Information

Color: Graphite Black AA
Technical Details
Item Weight12.8 ounces
Product Dimensions10.4 x 8 x 2.7 inches
Item model numberPKG002TSE2AA
Batteries:3 AA batteries required.
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Warranty12 month standard Limited warranty - Motorola's option to repair or replace.
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB00006JHYU
Shipping Weight12.8 ounces
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 3, 2002
  
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Customer Reviews

The 5-mile rating is a joke.
R. Lane
Count on the flimsy plastic swivel clip breaking and having to purchase decent belt clips.
A. Wertheim
The range could be a little longer but i am very satisfied with my radios!!
S. Jenkins

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Mills on December 16, 2002
Color Name: Graphite Black AA
I originally got another 2-way radio (Audiovox GMRS1100 2CH), then traded up. ....
The T5820 seems sturdy. A little bigger and heftier than the Audiovox, it's shaped to fit the hand, and has rubber grips and cushioning. I'd try to avoid dropping either unit (if you need milspec durability, get a Yaesu), but this unit is more likely to survive impact. It's also splashproof, though not submersible.
Audio quality is where the Motorola shines. It has a real volume knob rather than a button, which together with the better-quality speaker lets you hear more clearly at both loud and quiet settings. The roger beep is clear but not louder than the conversation, and the inevitable end-of-transmission click is muted. I also like the Moto call tones much better than the Audiovox bleeps, and there are more of them.
Operation is logical, the buttons are well-placed and the belt clip locks firmly and detaches easily.
The LCD is smaller than on the Audiovox but easy to read. Both units use a mode button to step you through the functions, both have 22 x 38 channels, and both LCDs have clear indicators of what's going on. The Moto LCD is better illuminated.
All radios are FCC-limited to .5 watt in the FRS range. The Audiovox has more output power in the GMRS range than the Moto (1.8 watts vs. 1w) and has an SMA-standard antenna you can switch out for more range. Its hands-off VOX function works with the built-in mic and speaker, while the Moto's works only with a mic plugged in. You can also monitor two channels simultaneously on the Audiovox. On the other hand, the T5820 can exclude noisy channels from the scan sequence, and has a silent vibration mode for discreet paging. Neither radio has a real squelch control, but both can stay on and scan while charging.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2003
Color Name: Graphite Black AA
Where do I begin to detail my dissatisfaction?
1) The push to talk button is countersunk into the side and takes a HARD push to activate it.
2) The supposed 5 mile range of these units proved to be less than 1 mile.
3) The poorly placed volume button was consistently being adjusted (unintentionally)by the merest movements.
4) The belt clips.... don't even get me started.
5) The menu driven controls are counterintuitive.
6) The ring tones WEREN'T BAD, actually.
7) The clarity of signal was mediocre (even within 20 feet of one another).
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By GM on February 3, 2003
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I have used ICOM IC-4008A FRS-type radios for the past several years and wanted an output power upgrade for distance. The black ("graphite") T5820 units were on special, and after the rebate I paid $60 for the pair.
Thay have been satisfactory for all the uses I have, with one modification and one upgrade. The upgrade was to install the rechargeable battery packs, which allowed me to do the modification, which was sealing the hole in the battery compartment cover.
The Motorolas have worked for me during beach and boating use, and during hiking. They have been used in the rain and occasionally splashed with no harm done. The speakers are made from polymer and sealed around their periphery (according to the factory guy I talked to) and the battery compartment cover has a rubber gasket, which is hard to see since it is black on black. This leaves the hole in the battery compartment cover. The hole allows the cover's latch to be opened, but also is an entry point for water. I solved this by going to the nicad rechargeable batteries (so the batteries do not have to be changed frequently) and also attaching a piece of black vinyl electrician's tape over the latch hole and past the bottom edge of the cover a bit. This closes the hole and keeps the battery compartment cover from falling off if the unit is dropped.
With these changes, the radios are great for my purposes. I have obtained about 3 miles over the water - they may go further, but I haven't had a way to test them over 3 miles.
I like them so much that I am buying another pair with the nicad battery option.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By W. F. Spencer on July 30, 2003
Color Name: Graphite Black AA
These are, even on sale, more expensive than a lot of these FRS/GMRS units. However, they have a nice heft and feel; solid little units that work very nicely.
I haven't pushed their distance ratings to their limits -- they work terrificly for kids going into the woods or down the road, talking to home base.
With Motorola's "Interference Eliminator Codes", I haven't had any problems finding an unused channel & code combination.
Some notes:
- Motorola's Interference Eliminator Codes aren't compatible with all other makes of FRS/GMRS radios, so you'll have to check that if you want to use multiple brands of radios together.
- Uses 3 AA batteries each, 6 total. They will last all day monitoring, with moderate talking, but you'll want a big stock of batteries or a set of rechargeable AAs.
- There is a built-in NiCd rechargeable battery unit that replaces the standard 3 AAs of this model radio, available as an extra purchase. However, also look in to the other T5820 units that come with the NiCd built in. (search for T5820 to see the various options and colors.) ...
- FRS is a low-power (1/2 watt, "2 miles") mode, free like the old Citizen's Band, while GMRS is higher power (1 watt, "5 miles") and requires an FCC license. This unit does both FRS and GMRS (though only a portion of the channels of each). A GMRS license is (relatively) easy to get ..., but you'll pay ... for one license to cover the whole family for 2 years, any number of radios. ("Relatively easy" means online government forms that are far easier than, say, filing your taxes. You have to get an "FRN" number, and then apply for the license.)
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