• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

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    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

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methusaleh

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My uncle has similar, if not identical, radios that I have used with him many times when caravaning. Presuming that you understand the "mileage claim" is just marketing hype, they are great little radios. Most importantly they are rugged for the usage my uncle's family puts them through. I've personally dropped the radios many times, and at least once that I recall have dropped the radio in snow and slush, only to have it operate just fine. Factory NiMH battery packs did not last long, but a set of name-brand AAA NiMHs provide power for a whole day of usage.

Granted, I do not have much to compare these radios to, I have only used one or two varieties of "bubble pack" radios, but they exceeded my expectations and felt sturdier than some of the (early) FRS radios I had used in the past.
 

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My uncle has similar, if not identical, radios that I have used with him many times when caravaning. Presuming that you understand the "mileage claim" is just marketing hype, they are great little radios. Most importantly they are rugged for the usage my uncle's family puts them through. I've personally dropped the radios many times, and at least once that I recall have dropped the radio in snow and slush, only to have it operate just fine. Factory NiMH battery packs did not last long, but a set of name-brand AAA NiMHs provide power for a whole day of usage.

Granted, I do not have much to compare these radios to, I have only used one or two varieties of "bubble pack" radios, but they exceeded my expectations and felt sturdier than some of the (early) FRS radios I had used in the past.

Thanks much for this info and yes I understand the "mileage claim", you will almost never reach the full mileage that it "claims".
 

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Actual range, unless you're both standing on hilltops, with no hills/buildings/heavy vegitation in between, is maybe 1-2 miles, often 1/2 to 1 mile.
 
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