Hi, I’m looking at buying four 2-way radios for a group hiking through the Amazon in South America and wonder if anyone can help me figure out which type would be best. The terrain is mountainous with lots of trees and humidity. The operators will probably be no more than 1.5 miles away from each other along the same trail, or taking small detours (we realize being over a ridge decreases reception).
I have been offered the Kenwood NX-P500 (UHF, Digital, 2-Watt, ip67) from this vendor who seems to have mostly kenwood products…
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That unit seems sufficient from my very novice level of understanding… but I’m wondering if the experts here can advise on any other units that might be suitable. Or confirm if this unit is likely to meet our needs?
I will be buying the radios in South America so I feel like, in case the one above is not recommended, having a short list of preferred products will be a good start… but i should also have a list of features to choose from available options (ie. uhf vs vhf, digital vs analog, higher vs lower wattage, rugged, some sort of security would be nice to conceal communications from other travellers and local scavengers!).
If anyone could help me create a list of requirements or products suitable for two way communications in a hilly jungle environment i will be eternally grateful!