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Old 05-06-2016, 02:52 PM   #61
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thanks, I will look into that!
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Old 05-06-2016, 02:59 PM   #62
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Now that's funny! I always wondered what DW really was and just assumed it was Driver's Wife, or Da Wife.

And yes... she just smacked me and reminded me that she drives the rig also and her name is Liz

You would think I would know better than remarks like that by now

I have affectionately at times call my wife "The War Department". She strategizes, plans and wins the battles. And I say, "Yes, Mam!" A blind date, a honeymoon in a camper, and still campin' after 46 yrs. Life is good!!
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:02 PM   #63
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Does anyone with this brand of WT know of a time out setting? I haven't found any in the manuals or playing around with them. They should work even with less than full charge, but they don't seem to respond consistently. I may try new batteries just to see. So, having said that, perhaps the Cobras might be better?
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There may be a "power saver" mode that needs to be disabled in the menus.
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Does anyone with this brand of WT know of a time out setting? I haven't found any in the manuals or playing around with them. They should work even with less than full charge, but they don't seem to respond consistently. I may try new batteries just to see. So, having said that, perhaps the Cobras might be better?
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Motorola has the Eco-Smart feature. I believe that Cobra uses the Motorola chassis and features other than the cover (don't quote me on this)

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Most of the energy wasted when using a mobile device occurs
during the charge. The Motorola MT350R uses only half watt of power during its idle condition.
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ok thanks for the info. certainly learning more than from the manual here! Much appreciated!
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:34 PM   #66
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Alternate device for hearing

My husband and I have tried several of the mentioned methods. Handsignals, in view of driver's mirror work for us, ending with a loud whistle. This year we bought Compilots which work with our individual hearing aids. We swap microphones and my husband can clearly hear what I say. We are using the Compilots while driving too. Cost is 300, but worth every penny. We use them in daily life all the time. Our hearing aids are Phonak.
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just go to Walmart, dicks sporting goods , gander mountain or any good sporting goods store and pick up a pair for under $40
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:47 PM   #68
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We use Midland radios and have great luck so far. We bought the Midland GXT860VP4 42-Channel GMRS with NOAA Weather Alert and 36-Mile Range. We don't use the Vox function or the ear pieces, so I can't rate them other than to say the ear pieces are pretty cheezy. The radios hold a charge for a LONG time and are very clear; we haven't checked the range, but you know it depends on the terrain. They are currently running about $55 at Amazon, but I am sure other places have them also.

I use radios every day at work, don't buy cheap, get the longer range and more channels. You run into interference and can move around the channels. Also you guys need to get out, where I go camping we have no cell phone coverage!


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Old 05-22-2016, 07:06 PM   #69
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I like no cell phone. We are taking a trip to Alaska soon and there will hope to be a few days with no cell phones.


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You have to be careful when purchasing two-way radios. Some are programmable, but require licensing for the available frequencies.

We recently purchased an pair of Motorola radios that have a good feel and quality. They are quasi waterproof. They also have NOHA weather band frequencies that will alert you with emergency weather reports. That was a real plus feature.

This set comes with a double mini-USB cable with 115V wall charger. There is a two bay drop-in charger available at extra cost that may be a little more convenient. The USB can also be used for car chargers. Rechargeable battery packs are included, but they can also use 3 AA batteries.

The Motorolas can scan multiple channels or lock in on one channel. I believe channels 1-7 do no require a license. The range is up to 35 miles (probably an exaggeration). We have also purchased two mikes that plug in to the side of the radio @$20 ea. We will be doing a two-vehicle convoy for 1,700 miles and the hand mics will be a lot more convenient. According to reviews, they work great for that purpose, but the range is 1-2 miles. We will also use them for driver/spotter application and hunting.

Ebay reference below. Radios on ebay are $90, Amazon $80. Both have had a price change since my purchase. There is a yellow Motorola set that's cheaper, so be careful to compare like radios.

New Motorola MT350R FRS Weatherproof Two Way 35 Mile Radio Pack Orange 843677001426 | eBay

Motorola 53724 Remote Speaker Microphone for Talkabout 2 Way Radios 723755537248 | eBay

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-1501-...V4485EC5B8JMQV
We just finished a 1,700 mile jaunt from Florida to Wisconsin using the above radios and hand held mikes. They were flawless. At times, we were over a mile apart and the radios boomed in. Our son commented that the hand mikes were a definite advantage while driving and we strongly agreed. The weather channels also were strong and very clear. The radios were on for an average of 9 hours without losing battery power and they were fully charged over night. DW, who was a bit reluctant, is now a firm believer in the value of these radios.
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