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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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hand held walkie talkies

I am completely stumped on which radio to buy. Motorola, Midland, Cobra???? all have poor reviews and all have good reviews. So which is the best buy?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 12:56 AM
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Re: hand held walkie talkies

I have only used Motorola. They are ok but we have all switched to just texting on our cell phones.
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Re: hand held walkie talkies

Our cobras outreach the motorolas,,,,,
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Re: hand held walkie talkies

We have cobras and like them. I have had issues in the past connecting them with the motorolas. One thing you have to remember is if your on the side of a mountain and your buddy is on the other side in the valley your gonna have a hard time getting him/her no matter what brand you have. A lot of people complain about their talkies and how they are junk but never take in account the terrain which will play a huge factor on how well or poorly they will work
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Re: hand held walkie talkies

Garmin Rino series GPS's have built in raidos ,they work good and they will show you where the other person is .
I use the 120 rino model the radio works great on it
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Re: hand held walkie talkies

We use Midland and have had little problems with them. When we DID this past fall, they exchanged them with an UPGRADE! No questions asked!!! WATERPROOF 36 mile range... (Which drops to 1/2 mile in the mountains) 3 yr manf. warranty.
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Our cobras outreach the motorolas,,,,,
Amen brotha!....And much more "user friendly" too...That is, they don't have as many useless features as the rest...Midlands are the worst.
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Re: hand held walkie talkies

I have the Midlands and if I had to do it again, I'd get something else. I hate the push button volume control. I can't get it low enough for sitting in a quiet woods. I would get a model with a knob volume control.
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Re: hand held walkie talkies

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Our cobras outreach the motorolas,,,,,
Amen brotha!....And much more "user friendly" too...That is, they don't have as many useless features as the rest...Midlands are the worst.
I'll never buy Midlands again. Second pair can't talk to the first pair I bought and just way too many useless settings.

All I want is a simple pair of radios, with 5 watts of power.



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Re: hand held walkie talkies

I've had Motorolas and one pair of Midlands. All still work fine, even the original pair of FRS Motorolas. Despite the terrain where I hunt in 3A, I've had no problems talking to people several miles and several ridges distant.

Last year we hosted a huge NFAA national tournament at our club and parked about 350 vehicles, using radios to direct the parking chores. Worst problem? Guys that had their radio on the right channel, but forgot the minor detail about "subcodes". Two guys were on the right channel, but didn't reset the code.

My original Motorolas didn't have rechargeable batteries, but my newer ones do and work great. If ya remember to put 'em back in the charger each night.

Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B
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