Nothing has changed in the old adage:
“Communication is key”
No matter the endeavor if you are spending time in the outdoors having a set of reliable two way radios makes things very simple on the two communicating parties.
It’s very important to have a reliable way of communicating particularly when you reach that magical elevation or distance from civilization. That magical moment when the last bars drain off your cell phone and you know that no one can reach you and vice versa.
Two way radios are a staple for many camping trips, particularly those where whole families are included. The idea that you can get the whole family to agree on anything is laughable and having dependable two way radios allows for some necessary separation. Parents can hike and keep tabs on older children.
The technology of two way radios is incredibly improved. For a reasonable price, you can get your hands on a piece of equipment that communicates between 20 and 50 miles if conditions are good. This is a powerful range for a two-way radio.
We are going to look at these two-way radios with several things in mind.
- Safety Features
- Other Features
Two-Way Radio Reviews
Midland LXT600VP3 36-Channel GMRS
Your two-way radio is the vital connection to the rest of your party. Having the power to go the distance and a range to accommodate that distance is such an important part of this Midland two-way radio.
What you find is that these two ways do an incredible job on 36 channels with an impressive range and it also offers up some bonus features.
- Channel ScanWater Resistant
- Backlit Display (LCD)
- Auto Squelch
- Roger Beep
- Keypad Lock
- Keystroke Tones
- Accessory Jacks
- Drop-In Charger Capable
- Battery Life Extender
This impressive list of features assure that you have a serious communication tool capable of meeting your needs in the field. Beyond these features the Midland also offers serious capabilities outside of what’s listed.
Its 26-mile range gives your party some serious room to operate as well as gives you the option to cover swaths of land, if you are hunting or to keep on party stationary while the other heads out.
One of my favorite features on these radios by Midland is the fact that they can be powered in two ways. The main power source is three AAA batteries.
I don’t know about you but I am over batteries and technology that allows me to get around that is my favorite kind. That said, these radios also have base chargers that get the job done as well. These can be plugged in at the car or even rigged to solar power in the field. These are powerful options to the adventurer.
These two-way radios also have access to NOAA Weather Alert Radio and Weatherscan. We all know that the weather can be unpredictable, particularly when you are in higher elevations.
It helps to have access to a weatherscan that can update you on severe conditions when your only shelter may be a one-man tent. This is just a bonus on these already powerful hands held radios.
None of the reviews tested these radios to their max range in open space but everyone seemed very pleased with their ability to pull off what was needed. They are just over $40 and for all the great features who could argue that price.
Whether you are paintballing, hunting, hiking, camping or even just event planning these two-way radios have the range and the durability to get the job done.
- Great 26 mile range
- Multiple charging options
- NOAA Weatherscan
Midland LXT600VP3 Summary:
- 36 channels capability
- 26-mile range
- Powered by 3 AAA batteries
- Just over $40
Motorola Talkabout T465 Rechargeable Two-Way Radio
Motorola has been a name in American communication for decades now. They have produced a reliable set of walkies here that offers some great features that come standard.
The Motorola Talkabout T465 comes with a range that is impressive even if it is degraded by various impediments like structures in a city. This model will fulfill your two-way radio needs and comes with a two-package set.
Let’s kick this review off by talking about range. Range is always one of the most important parts of the two-way radio. You always want a range that is longer than that which you will typically use the radio. That is because the range suffers when obstructed.
The Motorola offers an amazing 35-mile range. Now, in a city environment that may suffer but even if you get 15 miles it will more than likely meet your needs.
This model comes standard with the ability to access a weather channel and stay up to date on weather alerts in your area.
The Talkabout also comes with an emergency distress signal that when pressed omits an alert signal as well as spoken sounds and sirens. This is a great option for those who are taking these walkies on an outdoor adventure or who are working in dangerous areas like construction.
The list of standard features doesn’t stop there. This model offers hands free operation which is perfect for when you are carrying a gun or even hiking.
Here is a collection of what else the Talkabout offers:
T465 Key Features
- 22 Channels, each with 121 Privacy Codes
- NOAA Weather Channels and Alerts
- Built-in Flashlight
- Emergency Alert Button
- IP54 Weatherproof
- Dual Power
- PTT Power Boost
- iVOX/VOX Hands-free
- Micro USB Charging Port
- Carry Case and 2 PTT Earbuds Included
Motorola has created a two radio that is packed with dependable features and a great range to make communication a breeze.
The model reviewed well and though it was not tested at great distances in the review there was a lot of good things said about its ability and clarity behind concrete walls and city settings.
You will receive two units for just over 90$.
- 35 mile range
- Emergency and weather options
- USB charging option