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Mikado

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Here's the next jump in the advertised range. Uniden is claiming a 50 mile range. (They neglected to say the repeater is not included in the bubble pack.)

Two Submersible/Floating 50 Mile Range FRS/GMRS Radios With 2 VOX Headsets And 2 Carabiners - Two-Way Radios at Uniden

I just got my GMRS license today: WQPE868. So I don't have first hand experience with GMRS. But I'm sure 50 miles is unrealistic.

I'm looking at all of the radios available now, and deciding if I should buy now, or wait till the next thing is on the market.
 

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Do not believe what you read on the package! ;)


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You could go 50 miles with a repeater I would say. You could talk to someone across the country with a chain of repeaters setup the right way. If you think about it, if you can hit a repeater with a cheaper radio and still have a good signal, it will travel just as far as a more expensive one.
 

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With talking across the country, when I worked for AT&T, we had a UHF system across the US and if you knew the access codes, you could talk from Atlanta to Los Angeles on it by tying all the repeaters together! Usually, I talked Atlanta to Louisianna from my 4 watt portable! :D
 

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Uniden will tell you anything you want to hear to make a buck. Sad but true. I wish the manufactorers of all the FRS/GMRS blister pack radios would put real expectable ranges of operation on their products instead of misleading unexpectable ranges. It should be against the law to advertise X product can do this but in reality it cannot.
 

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Uniden will tell you anything you want to hear to make a buck. Sad but true. I wish the manufactorers of all the FRS/GMRS blister pack radios would put real expectable ranges of operation on their products instead of misleading unexpectable ranges. It should be against the law to advertise X product can do this but in reality it cannot.
I thought it was? It's called false advertising I think. ;)

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Its not false advertising. They tell you right up front that conditions will vary based on terrain. Its up to the consumer to evaluate that statement.

If the radios get 50 miles from space station to earth and/or from 10,000 ft peak to 10,000 ft pk. then its not a false statement, even if an unrealistic expectation.
 

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Its not false advertising. They tell you right up front that conditions will vary based on terrain. Its up to the consumer to evaluate that statement.

If the radios get 50 miles from space station to earth and/or from 10,000 ft peak to 10,000 ft pk. then its not a false statement, even if an unrealistic expectation.
on unidens site you can click on the left side the different ranges that they have. 16, 22, 28, 36, 37, 40 and of course 50. even if people read said print that says it depends on terrain, there would still be a number of people that would still buy the 50 mile ones or would not even know that the print was their telling them that.

myself ive always found that if i spend a little more on an frs/gmrs radio it will work better in ever aspect of what a two way radio should when it comes to frs/gmrs. but since getting my gmrs license over a year ago ive stopped buying gmrs radios that aren't repeater capable.
 
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