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rubeeslpr
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Joined: 2003-07-13
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Location: Monona, WI USA

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 10:31 am Reply with quote Back to top

We are considering purchasing walkie talkie type radios for geocaching, after getting separated from each other in the woods last night.

Any and all suggestions as to type and/or brand would be appreciated as we know nothing about them.

Thanks in advance.

Mr. and Mrs. Rubeeslpr
aka Terry and Carol
 
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Stooper and B
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Joined: 2004-05-17
Posts: 26
Location: Dodgeville, WI, USA

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 10:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

As far as I know, most radios are pretty simmilar. Maybe someone else can point out a name brand, we got a few Bell Souths on clearance.

Only bit of advice I can give is try to find one with the same batteries as your GPSr.
 
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GrouseTales
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Joined: 2002-02-18
Posts: 3399
Location: West Allis, Wi

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 12:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I've found most FRS radios have similar features. Most take AAA batteries, and a few take AA. It is nice to have the batteries the same as your GPS. Then you don't need to bring both types of batteries afield.

I've owned about 20 FRS radios now. When purchasing my last pair, it was based on the Devil's Lake Geo-picnic. I listened to the other teams out there and paid attention to who had the best quality audio.

While hiding caches for the 2003 Geo-picnic, I felt that Hotdog's Motorola radios had the most crisp audio. Subsequently I purchased 2 Motorola GMRS radios and am very happy with them. The Motorola's in general have a very nice mic, and clear audio. That's my opinion. I bought a pair of Motorola GMRS/FRS radios, with NiCad batteries and charger for under $50.00. Very reasonable for the quality.

Some radios that claim to be waterproof or water resistant have a membrane over the speaker and mic elements. While this protects if from moisture, it also reduces the quality of the audio. Many of the Rino GPS/Radios have muffled microphones, again in my opinion.
 
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Trudy and the beast
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 1:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

There is not much difference between brands. Buy cheap. If you lose it, you will have fewer regrets.

 
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subterranean
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Joined: 2004-05-27
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Location: Whitewater

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 2:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Though it's true that there's something to be said about inexpensiveness, quality and features may also be worth considering.

I strongly recommend Motorola radios. I have a pair of the t5950 radios and the sound quality is excellent. This model also has a built in weather radio... perfect for geocachers!! Though they are a little more expensive (about $65 a pair), having both FRS and GMRS capabilities plus the NOAA weather radio makes them a great choice.

Matt
 
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kbraband
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Joined: 2002-02-19
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Location: Mequon, WI US

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 3:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Trudy & the beast:
There is not much difference between brands. Buy cheap. If you lose it, you will have fewer regrets.




This from a man who bought a Garmin GPSMAP 60C? Image
 
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Green Bay Paddlers
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Joined: 2003-10-12
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 4:58 pm Reply with quote Back to top

GrouseTales and I have the same radios. Motorola T5720. GREAT radios! Enjoy!

 
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GeoPink
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Joined: 2003-11-01
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Location: Manitowoc, WI

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 5:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Walmart has had the BellSouth GMRS/FRS radios on clearance now for a couple of weeks. I held out until they hit $8 a piece. Audio is good and the range is not the 5 miles advertised, but that was expected. Bang for buck these are the best! Check your local Wally world for this deal. Heck if you want to step up later, you'll still have these as backups.

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QwertyToo
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Joined: 2003-11-28
Posts: 70
Location: Janesville, WI, US

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 5:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by kbraband:
This from a man who bought a Garmin GPSMAP 60C? Image


Actually, I recall from a previous post that they purchased two. Image

quote:
Originally posted by Trudy & the beast:
FedEx made it thru the snow to deliver a pair of Garmin Map60Cs to Trudy and the beast.

 
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Trudy and the beast
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Joined: 2002-07-26
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Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA

PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 7:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by QwertyToo:
Actually, I recall from a previous post that they purchased two. Image

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Trudy & the beast:
[b]FedEx made it thru the snow to deliver a pair of Garmin Map60Cs to Trudy and the beast.

[/B][/QUOTE]


Guilty as charged
 
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Stooper and B
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Joined: 2004-05-17
Posts: 26
Location: Dodgeville, WI, USA

PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2004 4:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

One other thing of note:

B. and I already have some radios as noted above, you have to remember in order to use them, you need to hve them with you! Image

We got separated on a trail the other day, and we were looking for eachother for a good 15 minutes! If only we had remembered to put them in our pack Image

p.s. If they are in your pack, divie them out BEFORE you separate!

Just a little advice from:
Stooper and B.
 
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rubeeslpr
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Joined: 2003-07-13
Posts: 223
Location: Monona, WI USA

PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2004 4:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for all the input. This weekend we purchased a two Motorola 5720. The use the same batteries as our GPSr, and seem to work just fine in our neighborhood. The big test will come next week when we head out to Yosemite for hiking and caching.
 
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SirPoonga
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Joined: 2004-05-11
Posts: 17

PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2004 9:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Just as a reminder, I don't think I saw it. FRS is 1-14, GMRS is 1-7 and 15-22. However, most radios run 1-7 at GMRS power which means unless you have a GMRS license you can;t run those channels legally. 8-14 you won't need a license for.
 
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brupp
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Joined: 2004-01-16
Posts: 13
Location: Muskego, WI, USA

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2004 8:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Can I drop in a suggestion for getting a ham license... Great radios and great range. License is easy to obtain with a little bit of study, and is a rewarding hobby in and of itself.

Bill
Team Kirkwood.
N0MKJ
 
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