For the consumer, the most attractive
alternative to GMRS Radio is a relatively new type of
handie on the market from the TriSquare eXRS
lineup that works on 900 Mhz using
"frequency hopping", similar to CDMA cell phone
technology. The big advantage to this type of
technology is that it's virtually impossible for someone
else to eavesdrop on you or interfere with you. The
handies are license free and use 1-watt. No higher
wattage models are available. There are two models
of this eXRS model, the TSX100 and TSX300.
NOTE: It appears TriSquare is no longer manufacturing
these radios. Look for them used, if you can find a
The alternative is the Motorola 900 Mhz radios.
TriSquare eXRS TSX300-2VP 900MHz FHSS Digital Two-Way
Someone else makes walkie-talkies that work
on 900 Mhz...Motorola
also makes a couple of 900 Mhz handies, but they are
marketed as "business radios" so they are priced
considerably higher than the TriSquare.