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Two way radios, Motorola vs. Midland 3177

Newbie Posts: 20
Two way radios, Motorola vs. Midland
« on: May 24, 2013, 12:36:13 AM »
I am looking at getting some new 2 way radios. I will use these for many things including biking, vacation, keeping in touch with the kiddos around the neighborhood and stuff like that. I have narrowed my choice down to these two; Motorola MR350R and the Midland GXT860VP4. Any one have advice or opinions on these two models? All advice and recommendations welcome. Thanks in advance.

Glock and Leatherman.......
Sr. Member Posts: 460
Re: Two way radios, Motorola vs. Midland
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 11:41:43 AM »
..i would go for Motorola (any model)...pretty reliable and good coverage.
currently using T8, which is useful in many ways..Clear enough within 3 storey shopping mall, roadtrip, light weight cycling. ..and a useful LED. Good enough for my needs. Its also available as  4 set pack..
Ive read somewhere.it depends on antenna design. T8 prolly got it...

If possible, try out a few models, see what is important..form or function.. :D

Inner Peace  8-)
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,256
Re: Two way radios, Motorola vs. Midland
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 09:52:08 PM »
how has it worked? (10 months later!)

what worries me about Motorola is the short warranty, 1 year only not enough for me.

the Midland (the ones I'm looking at) are 3-5 years, I like that better.

they all seem to lie about distance usage, even with "maximum" possible coverage, 1 person out of 100 should be able to get it, no one I've ever heard of has ever gotten what these companies claim. That is an all-out lie to me.

they shouldn't be able to claim that nono

maybe what 1 in 10 can get, 2-3 miles?!
« Last Edit: February 09, 2014, 09:55:18 PM by WhichDawg »

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 16,104 Little to the right...
Re: Two way radios, Motorola vs. Midland
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 01:03:34 PM »
You both need to be standing up on the peaks of hills, with nothing at all blocking the signal path, and you need a nice clear day to even have a chance at reaching what they claim.  99.9% of the time, you'll never come close.

We're looking at getting some of these for when out in the woods, but the only thing is, you can't use everything unless you have a license to do so.


Newbie Posts: 6

djw gb

Re: Two way radios, Motorola vs. Midland
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2015, 11:52:31 PM »
You will need an Amateur Radio license to transmit with the Baofeng. Exactly what you need depends on which country you are in.

A basic Amateur license that allows you to use this radio should not require much effort to obtain. One thing to be aware of is that licenses will typically limit the intended recipient of your message to other amateurs (and a limited number of other licensed users - my UK licence allows me to work certain military stations on 5MHz - typically these are army cadet, sea cadet or air cadet stations).

If you want licence free radios, you need to look at the licence free bands such as CB or FRS.


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