There probably isn’t anyone who spends time in the outdoors that hasn’t used a set of Motorola 2-Way Radios at some point. In our family they have been the radio of choice for many, many years. And I am sure if you looked hard enough, you could still find our original radios, they don’t seem to wear out, but I am like most people and want the newest, with all the bells and whistles!
The Talkabout 2-Way Radios model MS355R have many features that appeals to the outdoors-woman in me! Lets start off with WATERPROOF! So many times I have wished all products made to be used outdoors would be waterproof. Well these are, and they float! No more losing our radios over the side of the kayaks, or crossing a creek. Plus even more important for our area, they function perfectly in extreme cold temperatures. Another great feature is that there is no more having to search for your flashlight at the end of your day, it is now built right into the base of the radio, I love products that do double, or more, duty. You also have easy access to the NOAA Weather Radio so that you can receive any weather alerts for the area you are in. And they come in Realtree AP!! All of this, and they are rated for up to a 35 mile range.
I was impressed and surprised that you can now use your favorite set of head phones with these radios, that will keep the sounds muted, so you do not alert any game you are after. Plus they come with a set of external ear piece/microphone that allows you to leave the radio attached to your belt or straps. They also come with rechargeable batteries and recharging base.
My husband and I hunt in a lot of areas that cell phone reception is non-existent, and you do not want to take a set of cheap radios in with you. I for one would not want to risk my life with a bargain brand. I need reliability and function, thus we use Motorola 2-Way Radios! We hunted Anticosti Island not long ago, and our Motorola 2-Way radios were a god send. Each of us had our own area to hunt in. It just so happened that I was all by myself, several miles from my guide and husband, when I shot my buck. If it had not been for these radios, I would have been on my own, trying to drag my deer up out of the river bottom. It would have been well after dark before any help showed up, and even then it would have been hard for them to find me that far into the woods. The MS335R is the best multi-function, foul weather loving radios I have ever tried! With a MSRP of $109.99, they are the most affordable also!
I will not go into the wilderness without a radio, and I wouldn’t ask my grandchildren to either. Motorola has made a set of Talkabout 2-Way radios perfect for the smaller hands of children. Their model FV300 is about a third of the size of the “adult” version. These radios feature only four buttons, so they are simple for the children to learn and use. Don’t get me wrong, I know plenty of adults that would be perfectly happy using this set of radios. These have a range of 10 miles under perfect conditions, and will interact with the adult Talkabouts. I like the belt clip for on the kids version, simply because they tend to set things down, often to pick up treasures from the wild, radios could be left behind. The FV300 is a great all around radio for children, they can use it both for play and for real life situations, and with the retail price of $29.99, that is a small price to pay for peace of mind. I would buy a set of rechargeable AAA batteries (6) to use in these radios, simply because kids will still leave them turned on.
I found a very welcome bonus with these kid sized radios. My grandchildren have taken responsibility with them. Since they are designed for them, and are not toys, they use them often, and immediately put them away. That way they are easily accessed and ready to go for the next time.
Both of these 2-Way radios, and more, can be purchased at http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services, or you can purchase them at many retailers near you.
Photo: Diane Hassinger