Cobra Radio is
probably one of the best known radio brands in the
world. Apparently Cobra no longer manufactures FRS only
handies, but all their handies now have both GMRS and FRS
channels. The FRS channels automatically switch to
low (500 mW) power and the GMRS channels operate anywhere
from 1 watt to 5 watts, depending on model. The Cobra
Microtalk leads the way with in the Cobra GMRS
Cobra Radio is well-known for their
world famous CB radios, so
marketing a hobby radio in another spectrum is very easy
for them to do. The Cobra Radio lineup is widely
varied from inexpensive to feature-packed radios.
New GMRS and VHF Marine Walkie-Talkie
A relatively new model Cobra Radio on the market is
a VHF Marine walkie-talkie with GMRS built-in
(see above) and branded it as the HH425LI-VP.
As far as I know, this is still the only VHF Marine/GMRS
radio on the market. This would be a handy tool for
boaters, especially those required by regulations to carry
a Marine radio on their craft. This handie adds GMRS
channels for very little cost!
Although Cobra advertises that their radios will
work from (depending on model) between 10 miles to 35
miles, these are under optimal conditions that
you won't likely see. Optimal would be on a lake,
boat to boat, or on a mountaintop, with a clear view of
the ground. Realistically, the highest powered
Handie will have much less range in "real life", with
buildings, trees, hills, and other obstacles, interfering
with the signal.