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  • TRUSOUND pioneering noise reduction technology delivering enhanced sound quality
    Long range - up to 5 miles (8km) depending on environment and terrain
    Up to 304 channel combinations
    Dual desktop charger pod in stylish design
    Rechargeable batteries
    SBS - Superbright illuminated backlit display
    VOX technology handsfree conversations
    Supports headsets
    Stop watch facility
    5 Call tone melodies selection

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 762 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 004 0687
  • ASIN: B000OUT598
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Mar. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,257 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

  • TRUSOUND pioneering noise reduction technology delivering enhanced sound quality
  • Long range - up to 5 miles (8km) depending on environment and terrain
  • Up to 304 channel combinations
  • Dual desktop charger pod in stylish design
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • SBS - Superbright illuminated backlit display
  • VOX technology handsfree conversations
  • Supports headsets
  • Stop watch facility
  • 5 Call tone melodies selection

Manufacturer's Description

  • Binatone Terrain 550 two way radio
  • Rechargeable POD and stand
  • Belt clip
  • User manual
  • Mains adaptor

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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190 of 192 people found the following review helpful By S. Middleton on 15 Jan. 2009
My 'near' elderly parents have this model of radio for when they go shopping, boot sales, intercom use in the house and as a form on communication between convoy vehicles.

I helped test and found them simple to use, with nice audio on the transmit and receive. Loud and quite clear for a small radio. Display is large and helpful. The unit fits nicely in the hand.

Battery life on receive only is about 30 hours which of course would be radically reduced with x amount of transmit use. Battery powered radios are not really for chin wagging on. With that in mind, in reality they should easily last a full day on receive with the occasional brief transmission of messages.

Binatone tell no fibs about the range. The instructions give a simple, diagram/chart of expected ranges vs terrain. With *upto* 2km in built up area and 8km in open terrain.

No matter what make or model, ground wave UHF radios like these will have limited range. They are effected by the terrain and weather conditions.
Ideal conditions for these type radios are "line of sight", nothing in between to absorb or reflect the signal, no buildings, trees, falling snow, fog.... MOUNTAINS! It is in true line of sight when you can achieve and even exceed the maximum *usable* ranges claimed by the manufactures (in this case 8km).
Soon as you take away the direct line of sight, start adding walls, trees and so on, the signal will starts getting absorbed and the range decreased.
Think of your local town, different densities of building plots mixed in with open plots of land and roadways. Different materials used in those buildings such as glass, brick, concrete slabs, metal. Slight hills and valleys you are not normally often aware of when driving through on way to work.
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Waterman on 31 Aug. 2008
Having used a pair of these for about a year now, I have been quite pleased with them. The range varies according to the terrain - I've had over 6 miles from a hillside across a flat landscape, but less than a mile in an urban landscape. Sound quality is clear. The rubber buttons are wearing well, though do now show signs of use as my sets are in daily use. The batteries hold enough charge for the day, but I don't know how they'd hold up if you were transmitting all day long!

Setting sub-channels is simple ( please remember to set a sub-channel other than zero !! ) and the only drawback I have found ( and it really annoys me )is that when you press the "call" button, the calling handset bleeps as well as the receiving one. If anyone knows a way to disable this I'd love to know how.

[Another year has passed since I wrote the above review, and I can only add that these radios have proved their worth! In use every day and still going strong on the first set of betteries. They've been dropped, banged about and shaken up and have not complained at all. The only damage has been to one belt clip and that was my fault for wrenching it off my belt too hard. Buy them.....worth every penny! ]
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Wandering sportsman on 4 Sept. 2008
Purchased these units (2 sets actually) after having used a friend's radios (same model) in the French Alps where they worked particularly well (crystal clear reception with users on opposite side of a mountain.)

Particularly impressive is the clear voice quality - much better than other models I have tested (and I've tested a lot!)

Contrary to other reviewers, I've found the range good for this model (good in mountains), although all users of any 2-way radios need to be aware that range is always restricted in built-up areas or if one user is inside a building.

IMHO they are difficult to beat at the price.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard J. Pickard VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2008
I bought these walkie talkies a few weeks ago to make comunicating on the skiing slopes easier without finishing the holiday with £200 mobile phone bill. I have been very pleased with them.
Like most walkie talkies available for use in europe they are PMR-446. PMR stands for Private Mobile Radio and 446 refers to the frequency 446mhz that these liscense free radios operate on. As with all PMR radios there are only 8 real channels. Because of the rather limited number of channels, there is potential for interference if many people are using these walkie talkies in a small area. To combat this, many of these two way radios have Continuous Tone Squelch System (CTSS) built-in. Such radios continuously emit a subaudible tone which can be recognised by the receiving handset. This allows the handset to filter out other calls on the same channel but on a different CTSS. There are 38 CTSS per channel hence they are often quoted 304 channels. This is a misnomer because as already stated there are really only 8 channels but your handset can be set to receive only 1 of 38 CTSS on a channel.
Does this distinction matter?
well yes because if someone else is transmitting on say channel 5 with a CTSS set to 16 and you also want to transmit on channel 5 at the same time but say on CTSS 29 only one of your signals will get through (the stronger/ closer one) the other signal will be blocked which would not happen if they were true sub channels.
The other point about PMR is that they are all limited to a maximum power of 0.5watts. This in effect means that the ranges are all very similar between the different handsets. If you want more power / range you have to get a proper radio ham licence for which you have to be qualified and of course pay.
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