Motorola EM1000R Review
FCC ID: K7GEM1000
1.92 W ERP GMRS
350 mW FRS
This Radio requires a GMRS license on ALL channels except channels 8-14. There is no
low power operation capacity on the shared FRS/GMRS channels.
22 channel FRS/GMRS operation
CTCSS and DCS coded squelch.
Weather channels with alert function.
QT interference protection
Built in LED flashlight
Emergency panic alert function.
USB charging capability.
Dual power. (Motorola Pack or AA cells)
Single-pin speaker mike jack
Motorola’s 2008 models incorporate the newest technology and innovations to their
consumer radios. It was a pleasure to put this model through its paces. I was not
Features I single out for comments:
Operation is easy and straightforward. I had no problem with navigation through the menus.
Everything was logically ordered and made sense.
The new flashlight function has a single, white LED. It is of sufficient brightness to illuminate
small areas, looking for keys, etc. Nice feature.
The USB charging function is nice, if you want to charge the battery pack off your computer.
No USB cable was included, but I have one each from my digital camera and Video Camera.
The charging stand and USB charger will only charge the Motorola battery packs. If you use
AA cells, these functions are not avaialble. The Motorola packs are decent. For better life,
you can use your own cells, a nice option. This doesn’t make you depend on proprietary
The Emergency alert function will sound a panic alarm, then open the transmitter to pick up
any sounds in the operator’s area. The emergency button must be pressed for a couple
seconds, so there is little chance of a false alarm.
The scan function allows you to lock out channels during scan. A vital feature, in case of
interference, either from annoying users or household electronic interference.
The QT interference protection, a feature in most Motorola models of late vintage is nice if
you will be in a crowded area. It will help weed out annoyances on the channels.
Average. Over a 5 hour scan period, the radios lost one bar. They were operational past this
time. Typically, a scan cycle is fairly power intensive. They should last during a typical day’s
Volume is sufficient for average use. In an noisy, crowded area, it may be best to use a
speaker mike. Received audio is okay. I wouldn’t put it at the top of the list, but it is
House to car: .68 mile
Car to Car: about .5 mile
Person to person outdoors: 1.28 miles
House to person outside: 1.11 miles
Terrain is suburban, with houses, some commercial properties and a lot of trees. Your
experiences may differ.
I found these radios, as usual, a pleasure to review. I have a set of last year’s models and
they compare in many ways. Operation is identical in most respects. Oddly enough, with an
increase in power output over the 2007 models, I saw no significant improvement. I believe,
antenna design plays a factor in this. There were no visible changes in antenna design.
Again, terrain plays a factor though.
I recommend these radios. They work well, and will serve well.