There’s nothing more hurtful to consumers than being misinformed. Lo and behold, it happens to wireless radios, too. So before you grab one, make sure you get the right information.
In today’s modern world, technology has made it possible to improve features and enhance performance of these two way radios. Over the years, these two way radios have become important equipment in various business settings. Each model in the market has its own unique and special feature which develops as time passes by. The recent models of consumer two way radios are equipped with 22 channels. Out of this, 1-7 channels are shared between the two services while channels 8-14 are for FRS and 15-22 are for GMRS frequencies.
The False Claim
The radio frequency determines the wattage or output power for the radios with FRS frequencies having a maximum allowable power of ½ watt. The operating range for this wattage depends on conditions but can usually reach up to 1 mile. HOWEVER, some manufacturers claim that they get a range of up to 35 miles. Don’t be fooled by these claims because under normal conditions, this would not be possible. Take note that this claim can only happen under “ideal” testing conditions, which does not happen in real life.
What makes this claim false?
GMRS frequencies require FCC licensing which have higher power ratings. For these frequencies, power is up to 5 watts and range is up to 2 miles. If you find radios that claim more than this range, it is most likely that it was tested under “ideal” conditions that include open water settings. These claims are bogus and do not happen under realistic conditions and that they don’t expect that ranges will be higher even if manufacturers claim otherwise.
The idea of GMRS frequencies is that it is a land-mobile radio service for individual and family use. The two-way communication service is available for short distances as a means to assist activities of adults and their family members. Since the system is licensed, members of the family would be able to communicate among themselves in the general area of their residence while doing different activities such as recreational group outings.
Do not use range claims in your purchase decision. Range claims increase every year; however, the radios are the same. Look at the individual features the radios may offer, package deals with headsets, built in Led flashlight, multiple charging options and oversized buttons to name just a few. Also, look for a reputable dealer that does not advertise range claims. If a dealer advertises the manufacturers range claims chances are they know nothing about the radio and if they are not truthful about range claims then you have to question anything they advertise.
With innovations of these 2-way radios coming around, you can find the perfect device that will fit your needs and make effective communication possible with this practical and useful device. To get the most information about the two radios you are eyed on, make sure to check out our product description or drop as a line and we’ll be more than happy to discuss options with you.