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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect 36 mile range, September 23, 2009
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This review is from: Midland GXT1050VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Camo) (Electronics)
All manufacturers exaggerate the range of these little radios. I have used these to hear users on top of a 14,000 foot mountain from 6 miles away, but there were no obstructions between me and them. That's the best distance I've achieved. I had a lower power version of these and they worked well for several years before one of them died. I saved its battery as a spare for these and I can still use the one working with these. Most Midlands use the same rechargeable batteries, although you might carry at least four alkalines along if you expect to be away from the recharger for more than a day. If you're camping out you might want to establish a timetable to use them to extend battery life. They have excellent channel security, either with just two of them or in a group. Hearing other users of the same channel can get very annoying. The numerous privacy choices prevent that almost 100%. Like others, in a city or any enclosed space the range is very limited. The headsets can be handy of you're fishing or hunting. I've used 2-way radios for more than 40 years. The first ones I had were the size and weight of bricks. These are state-of-the-art, light, with good clips and among the best currently available.
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2009 1:30:51 AM PST
Dolores Monk says:
I've heard claims of 15 miles or more from hot air ballooners.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2010 6:15:23 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 10, 2010 10:27:31 AM PDT
PogueMahone says:
Great review and totally accurate! All I'll add is that in the city expect less than 100 yards (just too much interference, metal structures, wiring, etc).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2012 9:44:30 AM PST
Feldwebel says:
Do you know if it gets 3 miles in forest. We need a good one for hunting .Thanx :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2012 9:44:35 AM PST
Feldwebel says:
Do you know if it gets 3 miles in forest. We need a good one for hunting .Thanx :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2012 1:38:41 PM PST
D. Steiner says:
Trees aren't a problem. But hills are. If you have a hill or even a building in between two of these, that will be a problem, but that's the case with all radios in this band; line of sight works best. They'll go a long way over water.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 6:17:22 PM PST
D. Smart says:
Has anyone recently used 2-way radios on board a cruise ship? If so, how did they work? Which brand did you use? We cruised with my parents many years ago and had old Motorola Model FR50s. They worked well, and virtually no one used them on shipboard back then. We want a new model for a cruise and welcome any input. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 10:08:42 AM PDT
Affixer says:
I don't know for sure about these but you should be able too especially if you switch to the Hi freq output, it will use more battery but go farther. I have the Uniden GMR3689-2CK 36-Mile GMRS that I have used driving around the high Utah mountains and I got about 5-6 miles on the hi-freq across large mounts and valleys.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 3:30:39 PM PDT
Dan says:
The bottom line is even in ideal conditions you will never ever get 36 mile range with ANY walkie-talkie to walkie-talkie without the help of a repeater! Expect 1/4 mile to a mile range if you're in a woods without hills or other obstructions between the two. Look for walkie-talkies that use 4-AA batteries since they are generally the most powerful ones. Make sure to carry an extra set of batteries with you if you plan on using them all day. In this price range MOST of GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) and FRS (Family Radio Service) type of radios that ONLY uses battery packs are junk!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012 9:32:55 AM PST
On a cruise ship there will be difficulty in most locations even on the main deck if you are on opposite sides or different levels because of the metal decks and bulkheads. Also if you travel to other countries and wish to use these, first determine if licensing is required and/or if the frequencies are permissible to use at those locations.
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