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Very good radios
on 1 January 2015
Bought these radios to communicate with student and other groups working unsupervised on the Pembrokeshire coast. I have previously found it helpful to have radios of this type when working in quarries.
Very pleased with quality and satisfied with early tests so I'll be keeping them. One was accidentally dropped c.1m onto a hard surface and still works fine.
In tests, with clear line of sight, these radios can be used to communicate up to at least 8km even when the 'base' radio is inside a building.
As could be expected, they will not provide a means of communication if two radios are on either side of a ridge of high ground or a coastal headland, or if one radio is in a deep valley. In these conditions they sometimes don't allow communication even at 500m range.
As a backup, mobile phones are used to provide another means of communicating but these also don't work in some areas. Generally, I find the radios more convenient than using a phone.
In testing, the radios were good on open coastline, even when slightly higher ground was between the sets (worked to at least 6km).
Call tone is a useful function, and group call might also be needed. The storage case for the 4 radios is good but it would be helpful if protective pouches were also provided for radios when distributed individually for use outdoors. Lanyards are provided but I've had to buy pouches separately from a different source.
Weatherproofing not yet tested.
In summary, as I was already aware of the limitations of this type of radio, I am very happy with the purchase.