Radio is a world
famous electronics manufacturer of a very
wide variety of products for both consumer and
professional use. They continue to manufacture high
quality CB Radios after many years in
that field of 2-way radio. You simply can't go
wrong by selecting any pair of the many models of quality
Uniden GMRS has many models of
walkie-talkies available, but Uniden no
longer manufactures FRS only handies; all
their radios 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 4 watts, depending on model.
I personally own a pair of
GMR2089-2CK (now discontinued) handie-talkies,
and they work extremely well. One feature I
really like is a voice
scramble option for FRS frequencies (FCC
prohibits use of scramblers on GMRS) which is a
nice little extra "privacy" thing to have
nothing is really private). People
listening in will hear some awfully strange garbled
while you have a decent conversation that they can't
Uniden advertises that their handies will work from
between 2 miles to 28 miles. However,
again, these are under optimal conditions that
you won't likely see in the city or the burbs.
Optimal would be on a lake, boat to boat, or on a
mountaintop, with a clear view of the ground.
Realistically, these Handies will have much less range in
real life than advertised, because
of buildings, trees, hills, and other obstacles,
interfering with the signal.
Most Uniden models include a charger, but the least
expensive ones do not. If you plan on using
your handie for more than a few minutes each week,
it will be worthwhile to get a rechargeable
model. Transmitting with these handies will
eat up a lot of disposable batteries.