Anybody familiar with the Retevis RB17 FRS radio? It caught my attention for a number of reasons.
- The radio appears to be legit as an FRS radio and appears to leverage a commercial design instead of something designed from the ground up to be another FRS bubble pack.
- The radio has a 4400mAh battery pack for very long operating time. Retevis claims up to 300 hours of standby time on a charge (I assume no transmitting) and up to 44 hours of talk time (I assume a 5/5/90 duty cycle). The battery pack has terminals for a drop in charger and a USB-C port for charging.
- There is no display or keypad or buttons to change settings. It appears to be a just a simple, no-frills 2W commercial radio that has been FRS'd.
- Changing settings and CTCSS tones / DCS codes requires PC programming. It is "program before use" like commercial radios but the default programming has it set up on FRS right out of the box.
- The documentation suggests that it is also default programmed and sold as a PMR446 radio in Europe.
- Given that the frequencies and other settings are programmable via PC software and the radio appears to leverage a commercial design, I'm curious about what all of its capabilities are as a commercial radio.
- Given that business use of FRS is legal, this might be a good jobsite radio for construction workers, contractors, etc.