Motorola MR356 TalkAbout 35-Mile 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (CAMO)
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- Up to 35 mile range
- 22 channels + 8 repeater channels, each with 121 privacy codes for 2662 combinations
- 5 regular and 5 animal call tones
- Quiet Talk interruption feature
- 2 radios, 1 dual drop-in charger, 1 charging adapter and 2 NiMH battery packs, 2 earbuds with PTT microphone, MR356R Value Pack includes: 2 earpieces with boom microphones, 1 mini-USB car charger, and 2 belt clips
The Motorola Talkabout MR355R walkie talkies are the ultimate communication tool for the serious outdoor enthusiast. Featuring a range of up to 35 miles and loaded with features, with the MR355R you'll be ready for the extreme outdoors. MR356R Features: -MR356R Value Pack includes: 2 earpieces with boom microphones, 1 mini-USB car charger, and 2 belt clips. A range of up to 35 miles under favorable conditions. 22 channels + 8 repeater channels, each with 121 privacy codes for 2662 combinations. Dual Power: 27 hr. alkaline or 9hr. NiMH estimated talk time -11 weather channels with alert feature. Emergency Alert button, Flashlight LED, PTT Power Boost feature, VibraCall vibrating alert, iVOX hands-free communication without the need of an audio accessory, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption filter, Backlit display/Replaceable faceplates, Audible low battery alert/ LCD battery meter/Battery save feature Keypad lock, 5 regular and 5 animal call tones, Time-out timer, Priority scan, Mini-USB charging port, Monitor function Auto squelch, Keypad tones, Roger beep, Nuisance delete, Accessory Jack. Includes: 2 radios, 1 dual drop-in charger, 1 charging adapter and 2 NiMH battery packs, 2 earbuds with PTT microphone.
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1. Rich in features (GMRS repeater-capable, weather channels and alerts, quiet codes, etc.)
2. Reasonably easy to use (after studying the user guide)
3. Good voice quality (clear, loud)
4. Sturdy, reliable
5. Price--very affordable
1. Rechargeable battery doesn't last as long as I'd like. I wouldn't risk going out in to the field without extra (alkaline) batteries. If left powered on, even with light use, the battery charge won't last many hours--based on my actual use. Solution: always carry extra batteries.
2. Range under realistic conditions is probably only a mile. You should understand that this is not a fault of the radio, but is a factor of (1) transmit power, and (2) terrain. For the price, 1.5 watt transmit power is about as good as you're going to find. Pay more, get more. On water or flat (unobstructed) terrain, the range can be much greater: thus the outrageous claim of "up to 35 mile range." My complaint is that they simply shouldn't make claims like this that are theoretically possible but practically impossible. Again, not a fault of the radio itself.
The abundance of features, and the fact that I don't use these radios every day, and I have a terrible memory, required me to make a "cheat sheet" (about the size of an index card) to remind me how to use many of the features. After studying the user guide and making the cheat sheet, I was impressed at how logically the features actually work. I loaned one of my radios to a buddy (a smart guy, former military), and he was kinda lost on how to use it until I gave him a quick overview. So, it pays to study the radio before you strike out into the field and need to depend on it.
I highly recommend these radios.
One of the things that I really like about this radio is that it will hit the GMRS repeater frequencies, where most will not. (License required -- Our license is WQNR625) A repeater extends the useful range of communication for many miles. We have purchased a GMRS repeater for our church emergency preparedness use and will use these radios for our emergency preparedness communication.
Another handy feature of these radios is that they will receive the National Weather Station. You just push and hold the + sign button for 3 seconds and you have continuous weather coverage. Very handy when camping, etc.
First, the battery cover doesn't stay on when using the battery pack that comes with the radio. It doesn't snap shut and just sits loose on the back of the radio. You will need to tape it on or it could/will pop off easily. If you lose this cover you will not be able to charge the radio in the charging dock.
Second, as others have mentioned the headset jack will not stay in the radio. The slightest cord movement will loosen the plug and you'll no longer be able to use the headset without taking it all the way out of the plug and then inserting it again. This means the headset is not usable unless you tape or secure it to the radio in some way.
Basically, the radios work but these two flaws mean you'll need rubber bands and tape to use them right out of the box. Pretty pathetic design problems.
EDIT: I was able to secure the headset plug and tape the battery cover on the radios but when we tried to use these they stop transmitting after 10-15 minutes. We had to shut them off and turn them back on to transmit again. This was from a distance of about 30ft during our first test while using the headset. They stopped transmitting multiple times and we had to power cycle them each time to resume transmission. I am returning these radios at this point.