I have wanted a set of two way radios for ages. It would have come in handy when I used to be a surveyor and had to set out roads. I left the job but I still had the urge to own a pair. I finally bullied my younger brother and sister to get me some for christmas. I was sooo happy. I opened the packet and tried to use them straight away. They worked! I noticed on the battery cover that the plastic hinge was held in by a metal rod which on one of the hand sets was very loose and the hinge kept on falling out. I was thinking of taking it back but I really wanted to play on them so I continued to get a pair of tweezers and feed the metal rod through the hinge and fasten it to the two holes. Using the radio I decided to test the range. I tolde my sister to stop playing with her christmas present and get involved in my very important experiment. She reluctantly agreed . I gave her one reciever and walked out the door with mine. I got into the car and kept on repeating "can you hear me" over and over again. I heard her from the car which was good then I continued to drive in the car. Radio in one hand steering wheel in the other. I was an under cover cop for a while. I got down to the first junction of my road which is about 100m away. This was fine. It was about 400 m away I could no longer hear her and got a seris of beeps. I was quite dissappointed by this but the spec did say 2mile terrain dependant. So I accepted that it couldn't really replace a mobile phone but it was still handy. After the first month. I had lost the hinge for the radio and I am still able to use it but the battery cover will keep on falling off. Doh!! Radios in general are good for anyone who spends a lot of time in group activites out doors in organising events. I also found that it could be useful when travvelling in a convoy of cars. The next Time I will use it will be at a wedding. I will be the usher and I will make use of the VOC voice activated switch.( I know that doesn't match the abbreviation but I cant remamber what it stands for)and I will attach it to a micro phone and pretend to be a body guard. However unlike most of you out there this is only useful if you have at least one friend to use it with.
Personal communications radios with up to 2 miles range. Battery operated by 3x AA batteries they can be bought in pairs or singly, and one radio is capable of transmitting either on a 1 to 1 personal level, or to groups of other users tuned into the same frequency. Transmitting on 446MHz, these radios can be used without a license and both transmit and receive. Realistically priced at around £50 they are available in Argos and other quality electrical stores. As a farm owner, a mobile phone is one of the most necessary items of equipment that we need to carry. Unfortunately as our farm is in a valley only one network is usable, which does come at a price. However, these radios eliminate the need for constant top up cards, and the surrounding woods and farm buildings do not impair the clarity of the reception, as is normally the case. They are compact and convenient to use, and can be operated by a capable youngster. They are manufactured in sturdy plastic and are approximately 4inX 2in, fitted with a flexible aerial the unit neatly fits into most pockets, and is secured with a belt clip on the back. There is provision for charging Ni-Cad batteries in situ’, and facility for hands free operation They are capable of being used for private conversation or transmitting to others in a group situation, where the amount of units usable is infinite. Each of eight channels has 38 sub channels, and a lock of key facility to prevent accidental channel changing. When out of range a warning bleeping sound is emitted from the radio, as with a low battery warning, both of which are displayed on the large easy to read screen.. The display is LCD and has an illumination facility that is convenient for use in dim or no light. Ours have really been bought for the kids to keep in touch with us while we are working, but they are extremely useful for many instances. The battery life is around 3 hours of continuous talk and approximately 40 hours on standby (Using Alkaline batteries). In general, they are good, though expensive initially. The double radio package that we have contains rechargeable batteries and a mains adapter, which does alleviate constant battery munching as these radios are in constant use. We also have the hands free sets and those are equally as effective, although the radios do have a hands free function inbuilt the hands free leads afford the user more privacy. I have even been know to take one to parent and toddlers, as they are less intrusive than a mobile phone and my daughters’ enjoyment and mine is not spoiled by unwanted telephone calls, but if I am needed at home I can be summoned easily and quickly.. Recommend them to a friend, without a shadow of a doubt.