Granted, but let’s not forget that you were trying to use consumer-level family radios for serious business use. They are not and never were designed for these activities.
Should the dealer have warned you away from a product not suitable for what you were wanting to use them for? Should the dealer have pointed out that family personal radios are not suitable (nor legal, in most cases) for business, professional or life-saving purposes?
But did you provide this information to them, or did you just assume that dealers would protect every single buyer from themselves?
With all due respect, let’s not start maligning a dealer because they provided a product that you wanted that is not designed for the purposes you intended them to be used for unless you can tell us that you described exactly their intended use, and they recommended this product to you.
This is why there are two levels of VHF/UHF radios: business radios and consumer radios. Family Radio Service (FRS) radios are designed to be used ONLY for personal or family use and are NOT designed for life-saving or life-threatening situations.
So if I am wrong and they recommended this product for exactly this application that exactly you described to them, I apologize.
But even the most novice user should understand there is a very good reason why some radios are called “consumer” radios, and some are called “business” radios; one of those important differences (and one of the many reasons that business radios can be two to eight times the price of consumer family radios) is the audio output jack. Very few consumer-level radios will have sufficient output to drive a speaker-mic to a very high volume level that can be heard over a running snowmobile.
(For that matter, a lot of business radios won’t have enough output for this purpose either! This is why it is common in high noise environments to wear helmet mics or separate headsets under the helmet. The average speaker-mic is just NOT designed for this application.)
I believe Jeff, administrator for this site, already mentioned that in your other thread on this same topic. All I can add is that if you are trying to emulate the speaker-mics used in law enforcement/fire fighting/rescue situations, you need to use the same quality of radio, not one designed for you and your family to stay in touch at Disneyworld.
All that being said of course, there is no question that the world of two-way radios can be complicated. Thanks to places like this forum, and technical advice from good dealers, it can be easier and easier to understand the more one does research, BUT I think we all acknowledge that two-way radios are still a long way from where they could safely be described as simple “plug-and-play.”
I know when I first started exploring the world of two-way radios, I was quickly overwhelmed by information. (To this day, I still don’t understand about 90% of what I read in technical forums … but that’s just me; I am not that swift.)
I know this is not the answer you want, but all I can suggest is that you use this forum as a great resource for information before you spend money on products that may not perform the way that you envision them. This is a great forum, and the hosts, moderators and members do their best to keep the discussions to the appropriate level of understanding of the OP.
If you need a radio for recreational use that can be heard from inside the helmet over the sound of a running snowmobile, there are much better alternatives for your Midland radios than speaker-mics.
And if you need a radio for business or life-saving use, I would recommend that you stick with industrial-grade business-class radios. The host and the moderators would be glad to provide some of their very informed and knowledgeable recommendations.
Good luck with your radios, and please let us know if there is any other way we can help you.