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Motorola SL7550e

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Sep 3, 2016
Hello all-

My wife, friends and family travel internationally often and frequently take cruises. We have been using the Costco special Motorola talk about radios for a while but we've decided to step up to a professional radio for increased range, voice quality, text messaging and vibrate alert feature. I'm getting ready to order 4 Motorola SL7550e 2 way radios for this purpose. Does anyone have any experience with this model or past 7000 series? I realize these are technically not legal for use in Europe so I'd like some opinions on that matter as well. My apologies if this has been covered elsewhere on the forum. I've been scouring the web trying to find which European frequencies are the potential culprits. When I register with the FCC do they assign the 5 frequencies randomly or is there a way to choose?

Lots of questions I know. I appreciate any insight anyone can provide!


Premium Subscriber
Apr 25, 2009
southern comifornia
not legal

those are dmr radios ment to be used for mototrbo. if you use them on gmrs in analog mode it would work with the gmrs license but really isnt worth the price.

text messaging wont work on analog mode either!
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