- Hand held radios
Those PMR446 or something radios seem pretty flexible. They can talk to pretty much any other one with the same standard so anyone who has one can join in but some also have some code something that I think allows more private communication.
Of you are out in the woods in our weather I am not sure how great the range would be.
I would love some 🙂Posted 4 years agorighogSubscriber
I picked up a pair from Aldi a few years ago, I was not expecting much from them, but they were great had a range of approx 1 KM in the right conditions, we great fun with the kids playing radio hide and seek at Runswick bay. They sat in there own charger as well so really easy to use.Posted 4 years agosimon_gSubscriber
some also have some code something that I think allows more private communication.
No extra privacy, it just acts as a filter so you don’t hear other people speaking on that channel unless they’re on the same code. Anyone can still pick up what you’re transmitting.
We have some for snowboard trips, they seemed to work fine as long as you were both on the same side of the mountain. A hill or something in the way between two users will really impact the range – I think about 300m would be as bad as it could get.
Bear in mind too they’re only unlicensed within the EU (definitely not in the US/Canada) and vice versa.Posted 4 years agotonyplymMember
Motorola T40 can be had for £22 a pair from Amazon; these use easily replaceable disposable AAA batteries (but you could substitute your own rechargeables) and are about as simple as you can get; they are also pretty robustly built so stand a chance of surviving inexperienced users.Posted 4 years agomattbeeSubscriber
Decent PMR 446 radios such as the Motorola XTN (or newer digital version) are well worth the premium over cheaper stuff if you intend to use them for a decent amount of time.Posted 4 years ago
My XTN is coming on for 10 years old, was used until very recently at least a couple of times a week for paintball and airsoft event marshalling.
Line of sight is the important thing with range, heavily wooded areas or really hilly can see range drop to a couple of hundred metres but more open terrain I’ve had a good few kilometres out of them.
The marshal fleet of radios, all Motorola XTN (15 of them) are a mix of new and second hand from eBay. Can pick them up second hand for around £40 each inc charger. Budget for a new battery at about a fiver or runt them on AA batteries.dashedMember
Anyone any experience of using these things when skiing? Thinking about picking up a pair for off piste stuff so we can talk each other through particular sections (i.e. “keep left and avoid the stream that you can’t see from up there” 😉 ). I’ve heard all the channels are full of inane chat in the resorts? Any way to avoid this (heard some have filters??) and is it still bad when off piste?Posted 4 years ago
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