Uniden 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 radios.
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 (although
nothing is really private). People listening in will hear some awfully strange garbled squaking
while you have a decent conversation that they can't understand!
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.