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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2-way radios!, August 4, 2009
This review is from: Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Nov 27, 2009 9:44:50 PM PST
D says:
Will this work internationally, i.e. in India? thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2009 4:58:55 AM PST
The communications should work ok but as far as the weather features, I doubt it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2009 7:46:45 AM PST
Vaughn says:
Radio waves are the same all over the world. So yes they will works in India. The question is not will they work, but are they legal. In the USA the Federal Communications Commission controls these sorts of devices and regulates on what bandwidth they can operate. I am sure in India, they have a similar organization that regulates these things. They are the ones who would know if they are legal or not.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 3:44:37 PM PDT
Im looking to use the walkie talkies in place of a cell phone. My mother in law lives less then 3 miles away although there are mountians around is here in Phoenix, do you still think it will work for us?

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 11:28:45 AM PDT
Lisa says:
Can this be used to communicate with a total of 6 people?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2010 2:36:11 PM PDT
Vaughn says:
You can use it with as many people as you want as long as all the units are tuned to the same frequency. In fact I have eight of these types of radios, in 4 different models, from two different manufactures. They can all talk to each other. But remember, these types of radios are one way communicators. This means that only one person can be talking on the same bandwidth at the same time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 5:22:59 AM PST
If you have, say, 4 of these units, can the MH 230R be used to talk to only one unit at a time privately?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2011 1:44:16 PM PST
Vaughn says:
These radios broadcast on an open frequency and any unit tuned to that frequency will receive what ever is being broadcast on that frequency. But since there are hundreds of frequencies that each unit can be set to, if you set two of these units to an odd ball frequency, it would be difficult for any other radios in the receiving range to figure out what frequency you were broadcasting on. So if you had 4 radios and you wanted one radio be able to talk to each of the other three radios independently without the other two listening in, you could set three of the units to different frequencies and as long as you knew what frequencies they were set to, you could set your unit to one of them and talk only to the unit on the frequency. Think of it like you calling a cell phone; you have to dial in the right number. But of course the other three radios would not be able to talk to each other unless they had the frequencies of the other units as well. So it is effectively possible to do what you asked, but it is slightly complicated. There are no other two way radios that I know of that are any different. So it is not a limitation of just these particular radios, it is a limitation of this class of technology. It is not very different then regular phones, each phone has it's own number and can only receive calls to that number. The big difference here is that, where as phones have a permanent number the does not change, 2-way radios do not. Once you change the frequency to talk to one unit on a special frequency, no one else will be able to talk to you unless they know what frequency you changed to and set their units to the same frequency. There may be handheld dual frequency radios that can do what you asked more efficiently, but if they do exist, I doubt they will be very cheap.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:03:18 PM PDT
Ethan Timoko says:
is this a single jack or double jack for headset???

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 10:08:20 PM PDT
Vaughn says:
There is jack for a headset, but I am not sure what you mean by double or single. If you are asking whether it is a mono or a stereo jack, I honestly do not know.
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