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Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
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- 10-hour alkaline or 8-hour rechargeable battery life
- 11 weather channels (7 NOAA) with alert features
- 22 channels each with 121 privacy codes for superior interference protection
- Pair of two-way radios with up to 23 mile range
- Includes: 2 radios, 2 belt clips, 1 dual drop-in charger, 1 charging adaptor, 2 NiMH rechargeable battery packs, Available in yellow
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The Motorola Talkabout MH230R is the must-have communication tool for each and every outdoor enthusiast. With a powerful range of up to 23 miles, this radio is perfect for family and friends to stay in touch whether you’re tackling a back country trail, or trying to brave a crowded shopping mall. The MH230 doesn’t stop at just exceptional range. This lightweight unit comes packed full of essential features.
- 22 Channels, each with 121 Privacy Codes
- NOAA Weather Channels and Alerts
- Dual Power
- iVOX/VOX Hands-free
22 Channels, each with 121 Privacy Codes
With 22 channels and 121 privacy codes, totaling 2,662 combinations, it is easy to find an available channel.
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|Range: Mountain to Valley/Open Water/Neighborhood||Up to 23 / 6 / 1 Miles||Up to 23 / 6 / 1 Miles|
|IP Rating||IP-51: Dust protection and protection from dripping water (vertically falling drops).||IP-51: Dust protection and protection from dripping water (vertically falling drops).|
|Channels||22 channels, each with 121 privacy codes||22 channels, each with 121 privacy codes|
|11 weather channels (7 NOAA) with alert feature||✓||✓|
|Battery Life||14 hr. alkaline (3 AAA) or 12 hr. NiMH||14 hr. alkaline (3 AAA) or 12 hr. NiMH|
|Earbuds||None||Yes - 3 Earbuds with PTT Microphone|
|Packaging Contents||2 Radios, 2 Belt Clips, 1 Dual Charger, 1 Charging Adaptor, 2 (AAA) NiMH Rechargeable Battery Packs, 1 User Guide.||3 Radios, 3 Belt Clips, 3 earbuds with PTT Microphone, 1 Dual Charger, 1 Charging Adaptor, 3 (AAA) NiMH Rechargeable Battery Packs, 1 User's Guide and 1 Accessories Brochure.|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Motorola quality, great range and battery life.
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.
The reception is fine, although you do notice the clearer sound and slightly longer range of the MR355s (I'm talking only a couple hundred yards longer).
The unit uses the supplied NiMH battery pack or 3 AAA's. Of course, AA's batteries like the ones used in the MR355 would have more power and last longer, but then, the MR355 has more features (like vibrate and an LED flashlight) that use up more power. Anyway, I knew the compromises when I got the units.
However, I wasn't ready for the MH230 to show 2 bars on the battery icon and yet the display wasn't functioning clearly. Some of the LCD lines were very faint or could only be seen at an extreme angle. For instance, the 8 looked like a 9 bcs the left lower LCD bar wouldn't light up. After trying out the features, I fully charged the battery. Wouldn't you know it, at full charge, all the LCD's work. At partial charge (or discharge, as you like it) some of the LCD bars would fade out. This happened with all 4 MH230 radios and didn't happen with any of the MR355s, even as the more expensive radio's would run out of juice. NOTE to Giant Electronics, fix this issue! You're ruining Motorola's rep.
Anyway, we use the MH230 in thick steel crane and payloader cabins, talking to people in the office 700 yards away with a couple 30 foot tall cargo ships and a few dozen welders doing their thing in between. The sound is mostly clear and everyone gets heard. The users wish they had the PTT earbuds that come with the more expensive units, but hey, you get the bright yellow ones, be happy!
The guys who crawl around inside the steel hulls get the MR355s with the PTT, vibra and lights. They're happy too.
4 stars for the unit performance, minus 1 star bcs of the LCD problems at half batt.
Can't complain I'm not getting the 23 mile range, or they would owe me stars. BTW, many 25 Watt vehicle or base station radios with 36 inch antennas won't get 23 miles, so don't expect these reach that far.