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.
Know The Weather In Advance
|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.|
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|Color||Yellow and black||Black/Silver||Orange||Black||2 Pack||Dark Grey|
|Item Dimensions||1.15 x 2.14 x 6.21 in||2.4 x 4 x 1.4 in||1.57 x 7.89 x 2.81 in||2.3 x 1.4 x 7.6 in||2.95 x 7.09 x 7.95 in||3.5 x 15 x 8.5 in|
|Style Name||Two Pack||Pair Pack||Two pack Orange||Two pack||16-Miles - GMR1635-2||50-Miles - GMR5089-2CKHS|
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Top customer reviews
Range? Sure as hell not 22 miles. On FRS channel in the clear outdoors with no obstruction got about 3/4 of a mile and that was the end of it.
The only disappointment is that the FCC and FTC continue to permit manufacturers to put absurdly ridiculous distance ranges on these radios in their marketing.
My application calls for less than 1000 foot in any direction and I don't expect any more than that.
One of the other consumer radio brands markets as 35 miles!!
AUGUST 2016 Over 8 months of occasional use. Mostly grand kids aged 5-12. These have held up very well so far. Range has been great for our camping trips. Still don't expect more than a mile but work well.
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.
This is the perfect pair for around the house and yard. Very simple to operate with the large dial at the top left for: on, off, and loudness. My favorite feature is the included desk charger. The girls play and know to just put back in the charging cradle when done. No need to always replace batteries like toy ones (kids like to leave on).
I do have a few complaints, but nothing to keep you from buying for play around house:
* The 20+ mile range is false. It's only true when standing on top of a mountain with a clear view of the other receiver (that's what the box says when you open it... lame). You might get 1 mile if your lucky in the city, 3-5 miles if your out camping.
*no auto-shutoff feature. This would be a nice to have. Kids don't remember to turn off and just stick back in the cradle when done. Almost crapped myself when working late one night and heard strange voices coming from kitchen. It was other people talking on the same channel as kids didn't turn off.
A couple thoughts on the ear piece.
1) It doesn't work
2) It pushes anything you plug in out (due to outer ring)
I've tried about 6 different cell phone mic/ear pieces (mic / ear piece combo, 2.5mm) and none work. It fits the 2.5mm port, but due to the build of the phone, the 2.5mm port is indented and pushes anything I put in it, out. Meaning, they carved a very tight plastic ring into the side of the walkie talkie so a rubber fold-a-way gasket can fit in there, and then barely sunken in that indented ring is the port. I suppose this is to help keep it waterproof, but (surprise) the walkie talkie is not waterproof (read other reviews). I've purchased adapters from radio shack and amazon to try and help, but those get pushed out too. Even if put pressure on anything, it appears to go all the way in but still doesn't work. When I let go, it pushes it out. Cheap, cheap.
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I dont know if this is usual for others.