I’m in charge of technology for a medium-small-ish suburban (USA) public library, and I’ve been tasked to buy some radios (six or so) to be used for a variety of purposes, including emergency and general communication. The radios need to work within our steel/concrete building (25,000 sq. ft on two levels), and buildings we’re renting 100 feet away on both sides of us and the lawns thereof. We’d also like to be in range of other municipal buildings in case of emergency (using these radios to be purchased) all within a half mile radius. I’ve been looking at the Midland GXT800VP4. Would this be a good choice? A few questions:
- Is it a problem to run 6 or 8 of these all together?
- Can we use the shared FRS/GMRS channels without a license, or only the FRS-only channels?
- What do you think the realistic range is from building-to-building in a flat Chicago suburb with mostly 2-story homes and businesses and pretty big trees? We’re about 20 miles west of the Loop (Villa Park, IL).
Appreciate your advice,