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FRS/GMRS Two-ways

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I bought a pair of Cobra PR-560WX 1 watt radios at Walmart for $49 w/charger and ni-clad rechargables early this spring for pit use on my home range. I had in mind to buy the Motorola "Talk-Abouts" but a geek CB'ing buddy of mine said to buy the Cobra's instead, so I did.

They are the first set of FRS/GMRS radio's I have used and I'm pretty darn impressed with them. They are rated for 6 miles and actually work well at that distance on the high plains. They are clear, have good using features, pretty easy on batteries, 22 channels with 38 "privacy" codes on each channel. They even have an emergency weather channel reciever that gives me a running weather report. They come with an earphone and have an hands free feature, makes it easy to have the earphone under muffs and still communicate with the "pits" without breaking position.

I still can't believe they where only $49 a pair and folks still think trading with China is a bad idea.

I had my wife marking my target one afternoon and she decided they would be just the thing for horse shows. Now we have 4 of them and two chargers LOL. We now find ourselves using them around the place and outdoors, they are proving rugged enough.

I have since found that Cobra has a set of 3 watt FRS/GMRS radios that are rated at 10 miles for $90 a pair w/chrger ect. The ones I have are powered by 4 AAA's, the 3 watt radio's run on AA's. I'm set up good with rechargable AA's and a solar charger. It would be good to stick with AA's if I can for SHTF considerations.

Anyone using the more powerfull of these radio's, keeping thier limitations in mind these radio's have some obvious tactical applications.

I'm pretty green with these radio's in general, what should I know about using these things? What about Motorola's, Whats avaliable out there?

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Beginning some research on handheld Tac Radios

Most things survival I have at least a clue, except coms. So I'm trying to get smart and then pick up a couple of radios for family/local freinds for SHTF tactical applications.

Anyone have the latest and greatest they'd like to share in this catagory?

I've been looking at TriSquare's TSX 3000 Tactical Radio Kit:

It looks like a good deal for a poorman's tactical radio. What other kinds of radios can it communicate with? IS this in the FRS/GMRS catagory? Anyone have any experiences or other options?

Aslan's Garmin rino's have set me to thinking too...
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I case someone else looks up this thread...

I found the TSX 3000 are not on the same freqs as FRS/GMRS radios. They can basically talk to other 900 mhz/33 cm radios.

Don't believe the hype they can be scanned/located/intruded on/jammed

I'm still looking to get them. They are useful for utility communications in the woods and against a disorganized opposition (SHTF despirate refugees/mauraders).

I'm considering a scanner, dual antennas for locating, a ham licence and for informational purposes plans for a jammer...
Thanks John,

What kind of range do you get? I've heard 2-4 miles is typical line of site. Have you experienced that? I'd like to know how well does it work in woods or with a ridge in the way?
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