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Yes, for GMRS frequencies, not FRS. The license can be obtained online from the FCC and does no require testing, as in amatuer radio. There is some discussion of dropping the GMRS licensing requirement, but the FCC has not made a decision and moves incredibly slow. Some people ignore the licensing and operate on GMR… see more Yes, for GMRS frequencies, not FRS. The license can be obtained online from the FCC and does no require testing, as in amatuer radio. There is some discussion of dropping the GMRS licensing requirement, but the FCC has not made a decision and moves incredibly slow. Some people ignore the licensing and operate on GMRS frequencies illegally. While there is limited FCC enforcement, it remains a gentlemens' game and on the honor system, but don't be surprised if someone monitoring GMRS calls you out for not being licensed. Many of these radio folks have the technical capability, the time, and willingness to track your illegal transmissions and report you to the FCC That's how the radio world works. see less Yes, for GMRS frequencies, not FRS. The license can be obtained online from the FCC and does no require testing, as in amatuer radio. There is some discussion of dropping the GMRS licensing requirement, but the FCC has not made a decision and moves incredibly slow. Some people ignore the licensing and operate on GMRS frequencies illegally. While there is limited FCC enforcement, it remains a gentlemens' game and on the honor system, but don't be surprised if someone monitoring GMRS calls you out for not being licensed. Many of these radio folks have the technical capability, the time, and willingness to track your illegal transmissions and report you to the FCC That's how the radio world works.
By Scott on May 22, 2014
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Theres actually no rule of thumb for radios. Line of sight with a good antenna a 500mW radio like this one will get quite far, specially if you're high up compared to the ground and outside the city. You'll get 36 miles that way.
In the forest, no line of sight, near city, you'd be lucky get even get a mile... but if y… see more
Theres actually no rule of thumb for radios. Line of sight with a good antenna a 500mW radio like this one will get quite far, specially if you're high up compared to the ground and outside the city. You'll get 36 miles that way.
In the forest, no line of sight, near city, you'd be lucky get even get a mile... but if you have a very good radio you wouldn't get much more!
Doubling the power output will give you 1.6x theoretical range (not 2x!) and not even that in reality if its not line of sight.
That means if you get 1 mile with 1 watt you certainly never get 2 miles on 2 watts.
For short range tho, its a good/cheap radio for sure. More expensive radios wont get you a lot further without having proper antennas and placement. see less
Theres actually no rule of thumb for radios. Line of sight with a good antenna a 500mW radio like this one will get quite far, specially if you're high up compared to the ground and outside the city. You'll get 36 miles that way.
In the forest, no line of sight, near city, you'd be lucky get even get a mile... but if you have a very good radio you wouldn't get much more!
Doubling the power output will give you 1.6x theoretical range (not 2x!) and not even that in reality if its not line of sight.
That means if you get 1 mile with 1 watt you certainly never get 2 miles on 2 watts.
For short range tho, its a good/cheap radio for sure. More expensive radios wont get you a lot further without having proper antennas and placement.

By kang on September 21, 2014
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I have had 2 different sets, both midland, both over "advertised" 20 mile ranges and we have gotten just about 2 miles. Wife/son at home, me in car to work. So no straight lines, no line of sight, etc. This is in traffic, in the city. It is a gimmick. Now, maybe if you buy a license to use one of the regulated cha… see more I have had 2 different sets, both midland, both over "advertised" 20 mile ranges and we have gotten just about 2 miles. Wife/son at home, me in car to work. So no straight lines, no line of sight, etc. This is in traffic, in the city. It is a gimmick. Now, maybe if you buy a license to use one of the regulated channels... maybe there you can get further, I don't know. We don't use those channels. I don't want any officers showing up at my door! So, experience says... 1 - 2 miles, TOPS. see less I have had 2 different sets, both midland, both over "advertised" 20 mile ranges and we have gotten just about 2 miles. Wife/son at home, me in car to work. So no straight lines, no line of sight, etc. This is in traffic, in the city. It is a gimmick. Now, maybe if you buy a license to use one of the regulated channels... maybe there you can get further, I don't know. We don't use those channels. I don't want any officers showing up at my door! So, experience says... 1 - 2 miles, TOPS.
By terster on November 27, 2013
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Yes you can...at least I do anyways.
By Tracey Koval on December 2, 2013
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That would work; just put them all on the same channel. Wonderful reception and ease of use. Bob
By Bob Bronson on January 18, 2013
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Yes, as many as you purchase, you can all talk to one another. There are about 30 of us who use them to drive, keep up with each other, doing vehicle transfers and not get separated from each other, or lost.
By Bill on May 20, 2014
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The radios are able to run off of standard AA batteries, but won't charge them. Physically it is only capable of charging Midland battery packs.
Also keep in mind that using four AA NiMH batteries only delivers 4.8V (1.2V x 4) to the radio. The included rechargable battery pack delivers 6V. Four alkaline AAs will also… see more
The radios are able to run off of standard AA batteries, but won't charge them. Physically it is only capable of charging Midland battery packs.
Also keep in mind that using four AA NiMH batteries only delivers 4.8V (1.2V x 4) to the radio. The included rechargable battery pack delivers 6V. Four alkaline AAs will also deliver 6V (1.5V x 4). I suspect the radio will still run on 4.8V, but it was designed for 6V. see less
The radios are able to run off of standard AA batteries, but won't charge them. Physically it is only capable of charging Midland battery packs.
Also keep in mind that using four AA NiMH batteries only delivers 4.8V (1.2V x 4) to the radio. The included rechargable battery pack delivers 6V. Four alkaline AAs will also deliver 6V (1.5V x 4). I suspect the radio will still run on 4.8V, but it was designed for 6V.

By Entecha on December 19, 2013
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with the antenna each is 8 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide, yes with them being 2 1/2 inch wide they will fit in a pocket, and depending on what size your pocket is, the length of just the radio is almost 5 inches long ... so the antenna would stick out of your pocket roughly about 3 inches hope this helps, we love ours!
By CritterCreekRanch on December 14, 2013
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You will need to refer to the seller's instructions. Usually they provide instructions for in-warranty repair and/or replacement.
By Richard Van Fossan on August 14, 2016
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They get marine weather band but not the channels like 16 or 9. They work great for boat to boat communication as long as each of you has a radio set to the same channel. They do not replace a marine VHS radio.
By wildbill on November 29, 2013