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Delivers1234

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Hi. I have a tera 505 from power werx.

my kids are bigger now and I would like gmrs walkies programmable. I have the little blister packs but they aren’t too good.

Any recommendations? Or just buy 2 more teras?
 

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If you are happy with the 505 and you have the programming software/cable, that's probably your best bet. You an set them up the way you want for your kids.
The price is kind of high, but probably your best bet for a legal Part 95 radio that isn't a BaoFeng. But then again, if your kids are hard on things and you expect to be replacing radios frequently, then a BaoFeng might be a good option. But I'd probably choose a bubble pack radio over a BaoFeng. I think the quality control will be higher and it would be easier to return.

One thing I found with non-technical users, keep the programming really simple. It's surprisingly easy to get an "over programmed" radio into a place where it won't work and getting out of that can be difficult for inexperienced users. I often set up radios so all channels are programmed identically and the only real functions available to the end users are on/off/volume and push to talk.
Functions like 'lock' keys can be really helpful...
As they get more comfortable with the radio, you can carefully open up features.
 

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Hi, one more question: What is the TX Squelch Tail for and do I need it on?
Depends. Sometimes with repeaters or some other radios, when they stop transmitting, you'll get a static crash at the end. The TX Squelch tail setting is probably like the Motorola "reverse burst" where it inverts the phase of the PL tone when you let go of the PTT button to let the other radios shut off the audio.

If that's what it is, you can turn it on and it shouldn't impact anything.
 
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