Hi guys, I have a rare but great use for my radios. My College is about 2 miles from my home and I use my radios everyday to call home while at college. What is special about this is that my house is on a hill looking out on a big valley which is where my college is located. Due to this I have been able to get good clear use out of my K7GFV500 at ranges of 3 to 4 miles with line of site.
My K7GFV500 recently broke and my family bought a set of 3 K7GT8500s to replace them. The problem is these new radios seem to be basically junk. Even with direct L. of S. I can’t get good communication out of them. I figured I’d been duped with the higher range claim by motorola so I checked their power ratings but the 8500s have .40 more watts of power in the GMRS band (.68 total vs .28 total) so I can’t understand what is wrong. I have tried different channels FRS and GMRS, I’ve tried with QT on and off. Pleas help me solve this crazy problem.
Thanks a bunch.