Radio devices have become an integral part of communication be it a business setting or a family outing. Everyone likes to have the best set of transceivers these days but the selection has to crisscross the price and the effectiveness of these. A few bucks more for the best walkie talkie will most likely be the preferred option. But one also needs to take into account the specific need for using these. Following ten products have made the cut below based on their popularity and sale:
This receiver set sets the ball rolling with its easy to operate and reliable service feature. Armed with a 22 channel comprising of 7 FRS and 15 GMRS channels speciality, it effectively helps you to discover and keep in touch with others in your area. There are next to non complains of sound ambiguity and static interference; it has an inbuilt roger beep feature that signals the end of speech from any side. Three AAA batteries power the device and work for decent time if used judiciously. The auto power saving feature also saves power.
This requires a ham license for legal use. The metallic body lends this a trendier although sturdy look. Additionally, the two colour LED definition display presents a touch of likable clarity. The device manual is multilingual being available in English, German and French at the same time. The device can be used on multiple frequencies including ham, FRS, GMRS and MURS.
The Cobra walkie-talkie has got some enviable latest features including a digital voice recorder that allows a record and replay feature for last 20 seconds of conversation ensuring the saving of any important information that might otherwise be lost in the noise. It also has got a 10 channel NOAA weather forecasting alert. The Lithium-Ion batteries are powerful and gives good runtime. The VibrAlert is a call alert feature useful for noisy environment.
This is a powerful yet light radio transceiver built for long duration heavy duty use. Its light weight allows an easy carriage for longer times. It works in the UHF frequency range and has 4 channels laced with exclusive frequencies for business purpose. The voice quality and reliability are better with the use of exclusive frequencies. The price though is a bit on the higher side. It also needs an FCC license purchase.
This FRS/GMRS radio is built conveniently for outdoor use. Its sturdy body and a fully submersible feature makes it ideal for using on boat trips. It comes with a 6270 channel combinations for allowing widest calling options. Direct calling feature with caller ID provides one the ability to enjoy hassle free direct one-to-one contact without disturbing others. It also has emergency broadcast services from NOAA.
This business radio is armed with 89 business exclusive frequencies in the UHF band for faster and clearer voice quality. The design is heavy duty and water resistant. The coverage area as provided by the manufacturers claim 30 floor vertical coverage. Interference is lowered using interference eliminator codes in the device.
04. Uniden VHF Waterproof Marine MHS75 Two-Way Radio
This is a classic marine radio device loaded with umpteen number of features that one would love. For one, it supports all channels US, Canadian and International, has access to all NOAA weather channels for weather alerts and distress sounding and monitors up to two Coast Guard Distress channels. It has a brilliant backlit LCD display and backlit keypad that makes it suitable for both day and night operations. Another likable feature is its multiple watch modes. While one is tuned to a current channel, it continuously monitors channels 16 and 9 for updates. The power levels can be set to 1, 2.5 or 5 watts for short or long range operations, as the need may arise. The water resistance is of Japan Industrial Standard ‘8’ (JIS8) category that empowers it to bear splash, gusts, tidal waves, complete water submersion with equal gusto. Needless to say, it is an enticing option!
This is a regular 22 channel plus 28 extra GMRS channels radio transceiver. The coverage range is up to 36 miles that works relatively well with lesser obstructions. It has All Hazard Weather Channels feature with alerts and weather scan feature from NOAA. It provides dual battery type usage- a standard 4 AA battery option that needs to be separately purchased or the rechargeable batteries that are supplied. It has additional whisper sound feature that allows one to whisper literally and still transmit voice apart from a direct call attribute. The ‘JIS4’ waterproof standard provides rain resistance from all directions.
02. Motorola RMV2080 VHF Rugged Two-Way Business Radio
A nice rugged walkie-talkie that works on the VHF frequency band and is designed to last full day with continuous operations. It comes with exclusive 27 business frequencies and has got 219 PL/DPL codes with additional 6 customisable code options for clearer transmissions. Its 1500 MW speakers are its added attraction. It is a sturdy set that can bear weather extremities, dust, shocks, wind among others. It also has a Channel 8 official National Weather Service Warning feature to keep one continuously updated on weather events.
A value for money set, this is another decent radio from Motorola. It works on GMRS and FRS bands and has 22 channels subscription. Each of these channels has separate 121 privacy codes that provides the user a choice of 2662 different lines, thus ensuring easy and reliable connectivity even in crowded areas. The battery life is decent and can easily last a day. It also has 11 weather channel including 7 NOAA weather channels with alert and signalling features. The 23-mile range coverage is a bit too far stretched, but that is true for any other radio devices.