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Looking for some 2 way radios. At our camp in Ohio the cell coverage is very spotty. Wanting something that is very quiet with maybe an ear bud? The wife will be helping taking kids and I prefer that they are able to get ahold of me in case they need to. Does any have a text feature? Not looking for extreme long range and something that is fairly budget priced.
 

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I went with a midland set just last year. They've done pretty good xtalker I think is the model. I believe they're 28 mile, but I highly doubt that. I've used them with no issues a mile from people. They were around 30 bucks.
 

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cspot-Check out the following link. There is an article about an item called goTenna that you can add to your cell phone, which allows you to send messages without cell service. I don't know much about it, but it might give you what you are looking for.
 

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look at a garmin GPS with the built in radio ,, the garmin rino it will show you where the other one is ,I have the model 120 and yes they will use ear buds and I think u can text with it also
 

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Tater86 said:
cspot-Check out the following link. There is an article about an item called goTenna that you can add to your cell phone, which allows you to send messages without cell service. I don't know much about it, but it might give you what you are looking for.
Thanks. That is very interesting.
 

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I have a set of motorola Talkabout 250 [old stuff now] and I have an earplug from Radio Shack like used to come with the old transistor radios...keep the volume low and it works great.
 

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I've had motorolas for 20-25 years and still going strong. They were pretty cheap and don't have the range of the newer models but work fine. Guide we hunted moose with used motorolas and they were as clear as if he was stnding beside you.
 

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CSpot,

Whether You need long range or not, I would recommend you get the greatest labelled distance You can afford. Rated distance of FRS/GMRS radios is over open land i.e. grassland, meadows, dirt flat land. Add in 12-18" oak, chesnut or maple trees, that you cannot see open sky through, and the distance cuts dramatically. The longer the distance they are rated, the more transmit power and receive sensitivity, and the better to penetrate what is called land clutter in the radio world. Trees, brush, etc.

There are both FRS (Family Radio Service) and GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) channels in most radios. FRS is unlicensed, and has lower transmit power. GMRS by FCC rules, is supposed to be licensed, because of high power output. The Vendors include both bands in the radio, so you don't have to have a license to purchase, which was the original FCC thoughts.

I will not tell you to use a GMRS channel without a license, because that is unethical. But most do, the FCC knows that, and unless you are abusing their use, there will be no issues. GMRS channels are the onlly ones the radio will allow setting power to high.

Midland, Cobra and Uniden are common. I have Midland, and they are as good as the next. It was a turnkey package. They came with a desktop and a car charger, and VOX (voice activated) ear bud mics. Set the sensitivity, and it turns the mic on when you speak, instead of pushing a button. So get used to making a noise (chirp, click, etc.) before talking to activate, or the first word is clipped off! And I specifically got these because they also have NOAA weather radio on them. Some do, some don't. Nice to have at camp, to get storm updates.

Here is a link, and most have similar features and functions.

https://midlandusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/GXT720.pdf

Shop around on Fleabay and Craigslist, and you might find a decent price for not abused. Or shop the sales at LGS, Dunhams, or Wallyworld!
 

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We used them at our camp, and they all stink.
Useless in hilly areas, and pretty much undependable. Save your money
 

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When the leaves fall you will get much better reception..We used our Motorola 250s and 280s out to 5 or 6 miles easy..
 

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We use older Motorola's. They are bigger and a bit heavier, but boy do they work. They are taller in size and use 4 AA batteries. You can find used them if you are diligent in your searching.
 
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