Cobra ACXT1035 FLT CAMO Walkie Talkie
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- Up to 37 mile range - Provides extended signal range with 2662 channel combinations
- NOAA weather and alert - Be prepared for storms and emergencies with built-in NOAA radio receiver and alert in the event of weather or other emergencies
- VOX - The user's voice is detected and the radio transmits without the need to press any buttons, freeing hands for other tasks
- Floating - Never lose your radio. Floating design and orange core makes retrieving the radio easy if dropped in water
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The ACXT 1035 FLT CAMO two-way radios come pre-charged and ready to use out of the box and have a max performance range of 37 miles. The radios' compact design and rubberized grip make them easy to carry in wet and dusty environments and even if you do drop them in water, their floating & waterproof (IPX7 standard) design make them ready for anything you or mother nature can throw at them.
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Then along came really good car audio, radar detectors, cell phones and GPS and suddenly everyone was too hip to have a CB radio in their car anymore. Pretty soon it was mostly just truckers that used CB again. (Citizen's band, if you weren't aware.). But when CB's ruled the Interstates of the US, Cobra was one brand that stood out above all the others. It was widely accepted as one of the best CB radios made and many, many people owned them.
Well, little did most of us know that CB started to make a comeback in recent years in the form of "Walkie talkies." These newer models of Walkie talkie use the citizen's band and have incredible transmission ranges, in some cases better than 35 miles. Even with lower power settings and congestion, they are good for several miles.
Enter the Cobra ACXT1035R FLT Walkie talkie and you can see why... First off, these are great units for traveling in pairs. My family often organizes trips to theme parks, national parks and other vacation destinations. With three kids, and often six adults or more, we need to take two vehicles. Sure, cell phones and texting will do much of the communication you need these days, but Walkie talkies are instantaneous, simple to use (these even have VOX activation) and far less distracting than the typical smart phone.
They also cost FAR less than the typical smart phone. A pair of even these TOP NOTCH walkie talkies will often set you back no more than $100. And the benefits are tremendous... They are great in theme parks, on the way to and from and so much more.
These Walkie talkies also excel at camping. They are waterproof and float with the supplied batteries. (Which are rechargeable NiMH batteries, and that is very impressive!) They are rugged and bright orange and easy to find and they even have a flashlight built right in. Weather is just a push button away and they feature voice rewind which means if you do have trouble understanding something someone said, you can press the little arrow/circle button and rehear the last 20 seconds of any conversation.
It has been a few years since I ponied up for Walkie talkies, mostly for driving purposes as I mentioned above. I am VERY impressed with the quality and extra features available now. Even encryption that would make Apple jealous is included in the Cobra Walkie talkies, so you can keep your convos on the down low so that your neighbors can't listen in and find out where you are getting off to eat at the next stop if you don't want them to do so...
I have not tested the water proof-ness of these Walkie talkies but I have enclosed pics to show the airtight seals. I trust these will be very waterproof. Floating is awesome for camping and boating. They sound very much like a CB radio, which is to say "ok." They are Walkie talkies, fancy Walkie talkies, but Walkie talkies nonetheless.
In closing, I am VERY IMPRESSED with this set. You get a matching pair of WT's, charger and case, belt clips and all six necessary batteries in the kit. If I had ANY complaint or concern, it is the belt clip spring seems very soft and could slip out of your belt and fall off. But so far that hasn't happened to me yet. I highly recommend the Cobra ACXT1035R, these are pretty much as good as it gets in this price range.
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- privacy codes DCS and CTCSS
- weather radio
- night light
- back light
- voice activated talking (VOX)
- FRS and GMRS (22 channels total) -- read writeup below on LICENSING
- rechargeable (with included base stand and via micro USB)
- headphone capable (not included)
- they float
- the rechargeable batteries are standard double A rechargeable lithiums so as the years go by you can easily replace them when they finally give out (rechargeable batteries last me about 3-5 years of hard use and then I need to replace)...standard batteries is a great feature for these radios. In a pinch you should also be able to slap some regular batteries in there but I don't recommend it because you have to open them and if you forget you could make a mess when you put them in their recharging cradles.
I take these bad boys camping and I give them to my kids when they're going to walk away from me for a bit. It gets them used to radios and how they work.
First of all, and to correct some misunderstandings. These are FRS / GMRS radios. FRS stands for Family Radio Service. It's an improved walkie-talkie radio system that has been authorized in the US since 1996. It uses the UHF 462 and 467 MHz part of the spectrum. It generally does not suffer from the interference that CBs have which use the 27MHz and the 49MHz part of the spectrum. FRS uses frequency modulation and is limited to 500 milliwatts of power. That's part of the reason that makers like Cobra don't advertise how much wattage these radios put out -- they are limited to 500 milliwatts by law.
What this means to you is that you can use the FRS network without a license. It also means that it is a shared network so anything you say can be intercepted by somebody out there. CARDINAL RULE: Don't monopolize the network - jump on, say what you need to say, and clear the channel for a response or for someone else to use.
These Cobras are also GMRS radios, they state so on the face of the radios. Channels 1-7 are both GMRS and FRS. As an unlicensed operator, you may use channels 1-7 in "low power mode", which puts out about half a watt of power. As an unlicensed operator, you are also free to use channels 8-14, which are FRS only. The higher channels of 15-22 are GMRS only and channels 1-7 in high power mode (these radios put out about 2.5 watts) are also GMRS. If you want to use the high channels or the lower channels in high power mode, you will need an FCC license to do so legally.
If you don't know what you are doing, you can easily become a "bubble wrap pirate" with these radios (someone that opens up a bubble wrap box and starts violating the law) and you do not want to be a "pirate." Basically, a pirate is someone that uses the electromagnetic spectrum in an illegal manner. Yes the spectrum is policed, many times by volunteers who do not take kindly to pirates (some amateurs spend thousands of dollars and countless hours getting licensed and we do not appreciate bulls walking into the china shop making a mess of things). The spectrum is policed and if you violate the law, you will be found, prosecuted, and fined. Some volunteers specialize at chasing down pilots and bring them to justice --well, they'll try. If you run a business do not violate the law -- if you are found to be using an unlicensed commercial station, the penalties can grow more severe than if you're just Bob and Robert out camping and unknowingly use high power on GMRS.
In all seriousness, we share the air-waves with air traffic controllers, radio stations, tv stations, police, ambulances, fire, cell phones etc. To manage that limited resource, we have established laws and rules to help us manage this limited resource. Even if you don't think you're doing anything wrong, you could be disrupting someone who is perhaps performing a life-saving function on the airwaves.
If you want to use the higher power channels, GMRS licensing is easy -- go online. Fill out a form. Read up a bit on what it means to be licensed, pay $85 to Uncle Sam and receive a super cool CALLSIGN and a certificate suitable for framing....for 5 years no less! It's easy to get licensed and that gives you the full access to the high powered channels. Better yet, get yourself HAM radio licensed and enter the world of Amateur radio.
That's one of the nice things about these walkie-talkies. They are a wonderful introduction to our kids about how radios work and electrical engineering.
These radios come with CTCSS Tone and DCS Code capability which allows you to add some privacy codes. Be aware that most radios have these privacy codes and some advanced radio units can scan the entire spectrum. The privacy codes are just there to allow more people to use the spectrum without talking over each other. I always use privacy codes out of respect for other users but I never expect "privacy" from any broadcast. If you hit that button and talk, you are putting your entire words out to the world to hear. It's not prudent to broadcast your real names, age, personal details, credit card numbers, you children's age, your exact camping location, etc. There could and likely are people listening out there. Some people out there 25 watt units with towering antennas that can pick up your transmissions from a long way away. Just because your radios are out of range of each other does not mean that an accomplished amateur can't pick up your transmissions from a fair distance. Don't use your real names. Instead, establish call signs....Han Solo and Chewie, Smokey and Bandit, General Lee and Boss Hogg, Magnum and Higgins are all great choices. It's more fun when you use call signs anyway.
ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY STATION
If you are using GMRS high power channels and when you get to your camp location, always transmit in the blind first. State your call sign and any aliases that you will be using and ask if anybody is on the network. If someone is on the network, they'll reply back and you can then change channels or privacy codes so that everyone can enjoy more. If there are no other channels available, doubtful but possible, then it's ok to share, just make sure that you all have call signs and that you don't start reciting a book over the channel. State explicitly that you are establishing a temporary family station. You can be formal or relaxed -- generally people broadcast their FCC call sign every 15 minutes as a station identification while you are operating your station. If you are a stickler for radio protocols just be aware that others might not be. If you are not a stickler for the rules follow the cardinal rule -- keep it short and sweet. Jump on, say what you need to say, and jump off the channel so it's available for someone else to use. Do not give long winded commentary or reports out on GMRS/FRS. When you are done using the channel, sign out --- particularly if you are actively sharing a channel with another party -- that way people know that you are leaving the area.
These radios are about having fun and being able to stay in touch with your party while you're out camping, fishing, hunting, etc. Go have fun, stay in touch, and teach your kids about the wonders of radio, the electromagnetic spectrum, and electrical engineering.
I switched the battery packs and it did the same thing.. If it gets worse I will send them back..
It is not a big problem, yet..
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Worked perfect for two vehicles to travel across the United States and still be able talk to each other !