I would like a suggestion for the best Two way radio for my use.
Me and a friend will be using these radios while driving in our cars, and we want the radios to have a long range and clear sound.
I have seen the Motorola FV300, and this seems really good, but i’m quite sceptic, because the price is so low.
Can you suggest a radio with at least 7 miles range (The FV300 seems to have a 10 mile range, and i would actually have longer range than that)
I would like the price to be under 75 $ shipped to Norway.
Would these radios work in Norway? The radio signals is right etc?
How long range can these radios have? While using in a urban enviroment, can i expect very long range? How long?
Im really a noob, and i don’t know anything about this.
Can’t really recommend a radio as I do not know what radio frequencies are available for use in Norway. However, keep in mind that the radio mentioned, as well as other frs/gmrs radios have very exaggerated distance claims. They may actually work for the distance claimed if they are line-of-site, say mountain top to mountain top with absolutely no obstructions. This is not the case in normal every day use. You are more likely to get 1/2 mi to 1 mi distance out of them. Keep in mind that even the commercial grade radios with higher wattage will give you only 1-2 mile range due to line-of-sight limits. If you are curious as to the performance of different radios- go to Amazon.com and look at the reviews for radio(s) that you may be interested in…good luck!
Did a little internet research- it looks as though the license-free frequencies are PMR. These radios are limited to 1/2 watt. I would suggest if you use these radios- get one that has a removable antenna and connect a mobile antenna to it. This is one advantage that is not available with the bubble pack frs/gmrs in the US and should give you better range, but again…not likely to get 7 miles out of it.
You will be hard pressed to find any FRS/GMRS radio that will give you more than a mile or two in an an urban environment. I am not familiar with the terrain in Norway but even in an open area you will not get close to the range you want unless you are on top of a mountain or using a repeater.
As Jimbr1 mentioned, the manufacturers tend to state range based on the maximum possible under the most optimal conditions, such as from a high elevation point to point. If you are in a city surrounded by tall buildings, don’t expect more than 1/4 mile.
The Motorola FV300 is a very low-powered radio so chances are you probably won’t even get that range in the middle of town. FRS is limited to 1/2 watt, so if you are going with a consumer radio, your best bet is to purchase a GMRS radio with 5 watts, which is the maximum.
If you purchase a GMRS radio that is repeater capable and you have repeaters in your city, you may be able to increase your range considerably.