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Walkie Talkies

Postby NeilandPat » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:23 pm

Looking to buy a couple of walkie talkies.

I have had several Motorola's in the past and all have proved to be unreliable.( all kept locking up )

I need them to be relatively small , reasonable range and the ability to call the other one with an audible tone to alert the user that a message imminent.

Any thoughts on makes and models ?

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Zoltan » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:26 pm

We had a post about these a while back and I think the recommendation than was Baofeng GT-3 ones

I bought one on the back of this, a Baofeng GT-3 Mk11 and it works very well, it's nice and clear and has gazillions of channels and frequencies

I can't remember who gave the advice but they seemed very knowledgeable on the subject. I'll search it out

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby christyler » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:15 pm

yes that was me Zoltan,

and yes still a good unit and relatively cheap, they can also do all the PMR frequency and therefore talk to other makes of radio.

they are essentially a ham radio, but you dont have to use them on those channels
you can get really short antennas for them as well, just 1.5" long so they fit in you pocket

Update: Just spotted there is a waterproof one as well, only 40 quid Baofeng GT-3WP

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Grommet1 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:26 pm

I'm using the Baofeng BF 888s (or retevis clone) which work well and are cheap. They can be reprogrammed using a pc. Note when you get them from ebay they are not on uk pmr frequencies.
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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby NeilandPat » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:14 am

So are these things " pug and play" or do I have modify, re program them first.

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Grommet1 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:37 am

If you're buying a pair or more then they'll talk to each other out of the box but on frequencies that aren't licensed for general use. They won't talk to other PMR radios out of the box. I reprogrammed mine to talk to Zoltan's Binatones.
The GT-3 has a display and keypad so you can enter the frequency you want manually. These are higher power so more range but I think you should technically have a licence at that power.

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Grommet1 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:43 am

By audible tone do you mean send a ringtone of some sort?
Don't think my Baofeng 888 can do that. Haven't used the gt3 so can't say for that one.

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby NeilandPat » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:55 am

John

Yes thats what I mean. I have seen some that can alert all other devices on the same network that a transmission is about to arrive. Like a ring tone

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Grommet1 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:23 pm

I checked my instructions for the baofeng bf 888s and it mentions you can send a 1750hz signal by pressing two buttons together but when i tried it it didn't send a tone to the other one. I'll try again tomorrow to see if they do send a tone and i've done something wrong.

Incidentallyy the Baofeng UV-5R TP looks pretty capable on paper and not quite as much on ebay as the GT-3

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Re: Walkie Talkies

Postby Brian-reynolds » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:34 pm

I think you are talking about a contact tone as well as a "roger-Bleep"

Don't do it, they drive you mad, as soon as a spotty faced teenager hears it you will be swamped with the tone....

I have 4 of these things, given to me by Simon some months back but I am sure you need a licence for them.

At the instructions of Chris, I loaded "Chirp" onto my laptop to install all the useful channels as well as the PMR stuff, the frequencies that you get with a Halfords effort, but as yet I have not got it to work, despite Chris very kindly sending me all the frequencies ready to install...

Admittedly I was trying to get this to run on my XP laptop, which did not work, but I have not tried to get it to work on my W10 laptop, so maybe I should try or better still drive over to see Chris and while he is sorting it for me I can drawl over his Tatra!

I thought they would be useful for driving in convoy as all mine have headsets with them, but as yet I have no friends to travel in convoy with!

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