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Motorola Talkabout MC220R 16-Mile 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)


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  • Up to a 16-mile range
  • 22 channels, each with 38 privacy codes for 836 combinations
  • 5 call tones
  • Quiet Talk interruption feature
  • Includes 2 radios, 2 belt clips, dual charger, charging adapter and 2 (3 x AA) NiMH rechargeable battery packs, and user's guide


Product Specifications

Brand NameMotorola
Color NameBlue/black

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Motorola
  • Model: MC220R
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Battery Average Life: 8 Hours
  • Weight: 2.00 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 8.9 x 12.1 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036VNPZC
  • Item model number: MC220R
  • Batteries 2 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 22, 2010

Product Description

Motorola Talkabout MC220 Two-Way Radio Series:One of the rugged "Value Series" models, the MC220 has a range of up to 16 miles and is designed specifically for active families. Combining General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) technology with the Motorola engineering, this radio is ideal for active outdoor communications.Functional New Design:The Talkabout MC220 is designed for great looks, as well as solid,functional, weather-resistant operations. The sleek rugged housing protects the radio whether it's being used on the playground, in the neighborhood or at the mall. Full-Featured Privacy: The Talkabout MC220 has full 22-frequency capacity, with 38 privacy codes to reduce interruptions. The Motorola QT functionality allows the radios to be set so they can communicate with other compatible Motorola products, adding yet another level of distinction from the other manufacturers. Accessories for Operations: This model features an accessory connector, permitting use of a headset for easy hands-free operation. Power to Spare: These radios are sold in pairs - just charge up the built-inNiMH power source or drop in three AA batteries and you're ready to start talking.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

They worked great and the boys had fun using them.
coffee
I also like the fact that they have a docking charger for the rechargable batteries and if needed they will work with regular alkaline batteries as well.
Sean1
One fix, although not terribly practical, would be to tape the knob in place.
Mike Wax

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Caramalizer on November 26, 2010
These 2 way radios work great over a 1/2 mile radius (our most commonly used range). Apart from the initial 16 hour charge, they work right out of the box (actually one of those pesky clamshells you have to cut open) without having to read the instructions. Each unit comes with a rechargeable battery pack and a removable plastic belt clip, and share a charging base station with 2 slots. If the battery goes flat, you can use 3 regular AA's instead. There's a button to ring your team before talking, and if you don't like the sound, there are 2 more options to choose from. There is also a socket to plug in an optional headset.

Motorola is honest enough to prominently display on the package that in urban areas, the 16 mile rating translates into a 1 mile working range. However at this distance, with many buildings only 2 storeys high, and on a channel that transmits full power, I can hear the other set transmit but not well enough to understand what is being said.

I actually bought them for my son. My experience with kid versions of electronics is that they cost almost as much, are not as well made, and end up in the land fill very shortly after. However, the electro magnetic radiation warning in the instructions did give me pause. We've ended up using them on channels that work at half power. My kid loves using them. The only down side is that his fingers get tired pressing the 'Push To Talk' button after a while.

i'm pleasantly surprised that this entry level offering is not a stripped down product. I've dropped one radio on a wooden floor already, and it survived without a scratch. The battery cover didn't even come off. I highly recommend them to any casual user.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mike Y. on July 27, 2010
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Exactly what I wanted... I only use these on occasion for car drives where I need to keep a bunch of people gathered and organized en route to another place or just for a drive. The range on these is awesome and the whole time I had to communicate with the other walkie talkie from this set I could hear him perfectly. Other two-ways were on our channel in the group with varying ranges, and my set was by far the best.. For the price you can't beat it.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. Macmullan on August 26, 2010
These are exactly what i wanted, the have an awsome range, and i can here everyones voice very clearly! I mainly use these for camping, but they are also good for my sons airsoft wars! I think that it is well wot=rth the $33.00! GET TWO!!! It comes with a rechargable battary, and a stand to plug them into to charge! they have 23 channels, and you can scant to see if anyone ealse is on one of those 23 channels, as long as someone is talking.

Great, I strongly recccomend these for communication over ares between 5 ft, and 16 miles!!!! Though like all walkie talkies if they are too close together they make a high pitches buzzing sound(0-4ft)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MD Boatbum on April 6, 2011
Got these for a trip in which my wife and I would be traveling in separate cars. While we do both have cell phones, the instant nature of the walkie talkies is a much wanted benefit. Overall, I'd say they performed admirably. The only instance where we lost communication was when my wife's mother inadvertently turned the volume down on their radio. I'd estimate that at times we were 4 to 5 miles apart, and on an open interstate the reception never faltered. There was some static at longer distances, but we could still hear each other. We've tried them in the neighborhood, and with her in our hi rise building, and me 3 blocks away inside a drugstore, we were still able to communicate.
An added "bonus" in the screwed up world in which we live, is that if there is some sort of man made or natural disaster, these will offer an added method of communication. Hate to think about that, but it's true.

Pros:
Ease of use
Decent range
Good, loud, clear speaker
Good battery life
Peace of mind
Nice feature set.

Cons:
Transmit button is awkward to use
Belt clip is weak plastic
Advertised range is unrealistic, though they do note that it will be about a mile in an urban area.
Takes a long time to charge.
No included wrist strap, though I think there is a place for one.
Volume button is too easy to move accidentally. Detents would make it much more functional.

Overall, for $40, I'd say these were a pretty good purchase. Will try them again on an upcoming camping trip at the beach and see how far apart we can get straight down the beach.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sean1 on February 15, 2011
I purchased these in February 2011 from a local Target store for $39.00. I figured they would work ok but I was wrong. They work excellent. It is true that the range depends on many variables but what I can say is that in our housing development I was able to communicate 3/4 of a mile away on a cloudy day and was able to get a clear signal. When I got upto a mile it was difficult to transmit. I was in a car and my son was in our house so if we were both outside on a clear day I would say these might transmit a mile or more. We do a lot of boating so I am anxious to see how well they work on the water with an open line of sight. I also like the fact that they have a docking charger for the rechargable batteries and if needed they will work with regular alkaline batteries as well. The only flaw I can think of is that the detachable belt clip is not very sturdy and would probably break pretty easily if bumped hard. I have heard some reviews regarding the license that is required to use certain channels. That is and has always been the law but no one that I know of has ever purchased a license. I doubt all the truckers out there that use a CB have Licenses. Same thing for dog licenses. Everybody has a dog but I'll bet less than 10% have a license.....Anyway, great product, easy to use and is as clear as a bell when talking...
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