i am duckduckgoing to find some reviews!
I’m looking at The Best Walkie-Talkies for 2020 | Digital Trends first. Let’s start at the bottom of this article.
FRS stands for Family Radio Service and operates between 462-467 MHz. The technology owes its existence to Radio Shack, which successfully lobbied the Federal Communications Commission in the 1990s to allow manufacturers to produce radios with preset channels within that frequency band. The change permitted walkie-talkies to have exceptional range, with far less interference. Users are limited to a power of two watts on these channels, and there is no license required to use these frequencies. Channels 8 through 22 on your radio are FRS frequencies.
I had no idea about Family Radio Service until reading about it in this article just now. That’s great!
GMRS stands for General Mobile Radio Service, and is like an FM version of the CB radios of the 1970s and 1980s. Much higher power outputs are permitted — up to 50 watts — which results in much longer ranges. You cannot use these channels or GMRS equipment without a license –that costs $70 and is good for 10 years. With the license, you’ll also be able to use eight repeater channels located on channels 23-30, which allows you to use the radio for conversations beyond “line of sight.”
I had also never heard of GMRS.
Finally, Amateur Radio offers a group of frequencies from shortwave to microwave that requires you to pass a series of tests to gain access to more and more frequencies. Thankfully, you’re only required to take and pass one test to use the frequencies that these handheld radios operate on. The advent of FRS and GMRS has made it unnecessary to get your ham radio license (some ham radio channels are quite close to the FRS/GMRS frequencies), but ham radio frequencies are far less crowded and it’s easier to find a clear frequency to communicate than either FRS or GMRS, especially in more urbanized areas.
As I’ve noted elsewhere in talkgroup, I have my Amateur Radio license =) If you and Susan and Clover got yours too, we could all use it to talk! And we could use repeaters to get around distance and hills! lol.
Let’s start with FRS, though. With that in mind, here’s a look at every radio they review.
With this particular radio, with no channels like most of the rest of our recommendations, you will need to ensure you have the proper licensing (if necessary) to transmit.
So nixing this one for now. But it should be a good option if you get a ham radio license.
and an impressive 36-mile range.
Motorola T100 Series Talkabout
This device lets you communicate over a theoretical range of up to 16 miles, but our experience found them to work best when less than five miles apart.
it looks cuter than the midland gxtblabla.
Midland X-Talker T20X4
While Midland claims a range of 16 miles, you’ll get the best results as long with a mile or two range. The “stubby” antenna on the device is to blame here; it isn’t the best for long-range communication. If you’re looking for something to communicate over longer distances, look elsewhere.
ah, a different midland later in the list. these are the cutest of all, but yeah, you sacrifice long-range for the cuteness. if you just want to talk from like upstairs to the sidewalk though, this could be a good option? also COLORS
Buyers report solid performance under a mile, and ArcShell says in unobstructed conditions, the AR-5’s range maxes out at around five miles or so.
Ah. This ArcShell is 5 for $70, which is kinda cool, but mostly under a mile?
The new BF-F8HP boasts of a whopping 8 watts of power as compared to the 2W or less of most FRS radios. … If you want to use the full power and features of the F8HP, then you need to obtain a ham radio license or a GMRS license, or both.
also to remember if you get your ham license.
and a range of up to 30 miles according to the manufacturer.
Buyers laud these radios for its impressive audio quality and range (although like with any of these radios, under 10 miles seems to work the best).
i mean, this one looks the most to me like a walkie talkie. it’s yellow. lol.