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Old 05-05-2016, 12:42 AM   #1
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Walkie Talkies - Need Advice

My wife and I just bought our first travel trailer and will be putting it to use in Utah this summer. I like the idea of using walkie talkies for backing up the trailer and for just hiking around while camping. Any suggestions on walkie talkies that (1) don't require a license, (2) will work within a few miles as I don't need a 20 mile range, (3) simple to use that won't require an engineering degree and (4) cost maybe $50 or less?
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:49 AM   #2
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Put "GMRS" into Amazon search.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:52 AM   #3
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It's my understanding that GMRS units require a license at $80/year.
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We use the Motorola talkabout fr50 and like them. They are a little above your requested price though. http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-FR50-.../dp/B00004HYS6
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if you both have cell phones, that will work just as well,......we watched a couple work for almost an hour getting their 5er into a very tight site with the wife talking into what I assumed was a walkie -talkie,.... meeting them later, was told they always use their cells for that
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It's my understanding that GMRS units require a license at $80/year.
You are tight for US. Most walky talky type radios are FRS/GRMS but you can only the FRS (family radio service ) channels can be used without a licence. Those channels are low power and good for 1-2 miles depending on terrain.

The GRMS channels have more power. One license covers family members (I assume that the license holder must be included in the communication and would be responsible for behavior of the users).

An FRS radio would be fine for backing or for around the campground, especially in a cell - free area, but when I'm backing I don't have an extra appendage to hold a radio. We also use cell phones although we have both FRS radios and hand - held ham radios (amateur license required).
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Old 05-05-2016, 03:16 AM   #7
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We use Motorola MT350Rs - $80/pair on Amazon. They are pretty rugged, rechargeable, have NOAA weather and are IP-54 weatherproof rated. There are less expensive models with fewer features as well.
As for the FCC, the fee had gone down but is still required by law. Here is a link to their website: https://www.fcc.gov/general/general-...o-service-gmrs
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The DW and I have been using simple hand held walkies for years. I think I bought our last set at WalMart for about $35. I just lay my walkie on the console while she gives directions. They are good for short distances also.
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Amazon, WalMart, or Best Buy all sell a wide variety of wakie takies priced from 35 dollars to over a hundred dollars a pair. Get a pair with rechargable batteries, and a 35 mile range and you will be all set.
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One of the issues with FRS (and GRMS) Walkie Talkies is they have a 1-2 second delay between keying the mic and transmitting (they send out a security code to the paired Walkie Talkie). If your spouse does not wait you hear nothing (but the tree was small). Cell phones (with the drive on speaker - hands free works better).

I think hand signs work better than anything (if your spouse is willing to stay within view of the drivers side mirror). You need signs for left, right, straight and how near:
  • Left -> point with both hands large movements
  • Right -> point with both hands large movements
  • Straight -> both hands, motioning towards your body
  • Near -> hold your hands in a clap 2-3 feet aprt (distance to move) and bring them together, when they "clap" it's time to stop


Personally I use the get out and look, backup a few feet and repeat (it may have saved our marriage).
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