Radio Communication

Radio Communication is Routine Gear for Anyone who spends time Outdoors.

Whether you hunt, fish, camp, ski or hike, mobile communication is not a convenience, but a necessity.   New technology offers us a variety of ways to stay in touch with fellow explorers.

Midland two way radios

The Midland GXT1050VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
Received an average customer review of 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 53 Customer Reviews.

Although the novice adventurer may consider the cell phone the best option, it is not always the most effective communication.

There are many regions that are not conducive to cell phone signals or reception which will prevent communication.  This is NOT what you want to experience especially in an emergency situation.

Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS 2-Way Radio (Pair)
Received an average customer review of 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 62 Customer Reviews.

Motorola two way radio

Do not let that discourage you from exploring outdoors. The best alternative is radio communication in the form of  2 way radios, cb radios and marine radios.

This equipment is routinely updated with the latest technology featuring the clearest audio and telecommunication when miles apart.  These new technologies have made radio communication the preferred choice for outdoor enthusiasts.

Seasoned explorers know the value and benefits of having, at least, one of these radio devices with them. Often, the outdoor traveler is equipped with two:  a base unit or base cb and a set of 2 way radios so those in camp can easily contact the pioneers that are away from base.

Two way radios are now lightweight,  portable and simple to operate. Today’s emerging technologies has made it possible for most walkie talkies to be both FRS/GMRS radios.

GMRS stands for General Mobile Radio Service which is a personal radio service, is regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and transmits on 16 UHF frequencies.

FRS stands for Family Radio Service and is a walkie talkie radio system authorized for use in the United States in 1996. These walkie talkies transmit on the FM band and are usually more reliable for short range radio communication.

Many new tech 2 way radios are conveniently equipped with both frs and gmrs systems making them a low-cost alternative to business band radio system equipment.

I selected the BEST rated and BEST reviewed 2 way radios based on three factors.

First, they must have received at least 20 customer reviews which represent a good sampling of opinions.

Second they had to be in the top ten of Amazon’ BEST sellers in the 2 way radios for sale category.

Third, they received an average customer review of 4.0 stars (or higher) out of a possible 5.0 star rating system.

Next lets consider the cb.  CB is an abbreviation for Citizen Band radio which is a system for short-distance radio communication.  Individuals may broadcast on 40 channels within the band.

The CB broadcast service is very different from gmrs, frs or amateur (“ham”) radio hobbyists. A cb does not require licensing with the FCC and it may be used for business or personal use.

For the BEST reviewed and BEST rated Citizen Band radio available, my choices had to meet the same criteria as those for the top two way radios.  The cb selections  are:

Uniden PRO538W 40-Channel CB Radio by Uniden
Received an average customer review of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 25 Customer Reviews.


Midland 1001Z 40-Channel CB Radio by Midland
Received an average customer review of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 77 Customer Reviews

cb radio

If you are going to be on water for fishing or boating recreation, a marine radio is the best option as most are water proof. They are built with rugged components and are a reliable instrument that can withstand not only the elements of the sun and wind, but also water.

The marine radio is an especially important piece of equipment given the unpredictable nature of weather.  The last thing you want is to be on the water when a thunderstorm develops.

Also called Weather Alert radio, it will give you accurate and up to date reports on hazardous climate conditions.

American Red Cross FR150 Microlink Solar-Powered, Self-Powered AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger by Eton
Received an average customer review of 4.2 out of 5 stars  based on 88 customer Reviews

weather alert radio

Uniden Bearcat BCT8 BearTracker Warning System with 800 MHz TrunkTracker III by Uniden

Received an average customer review of 4.4 out of 5 stars  based on 40 Customer Reviews

marine radio

Radio communication is vital when venturing outdoors  especially with the unpredictability of nature.

Given the new technologies available and the simplistic operation of today’s mobile communication equipment, there is no reason not to have radio communication at your fingertips.

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5 Responses to Radio Communication

  1. Rendi says:

    (Electronics) I currently own a set of Motorola, two other sets of Midlands and this is the neewst addition to my already favorite Midland radios. This model is different. The designing is very details and clean looking. Nice, bring LED displays with orange back lighting. This new model gets a new much better’ roger deep compared to older midlands, which used to be a dragger. Now, it’s shorter deeps which I thought was much clean and professional if you’re quick talker. With it’s maximum range of 36-miles, when tested, it did get longer range than other typical radios. When I say longer, it’s usually around 1-2 miles in the city. The size is decent with longer antennas with it’s range, and that’s what you need for better range. With smaller body and smaller antennas, you end up sacrificing a lot as far as its performance and the range. Overall, this is a excellent, newly designed, two-way radio. ** Note; one other review commented that he used VOX option for baby monitoring but it’s actually unrealistic. VOX only picks up close up voices, nothing away unless you’re really shouting out. and you probably don’t want to place this radio right next to baby’s mouth. Not working!! But it’s very useful when driving in the car with the ear piece which is included in this purchase. hands free talking is really helpful.

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