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rob sanders
08-19-2008, 12:23 AM
I'm trying to decide which radio and which headset to buy.
http://www.buytwowayradios.com/products/motorola/motorola-fv300.aspx
http://www.buytwowayradios.com/products/midland/midland-lxt-110.aspx
I was also thinking about this one. It's bit more expensive but I would like to now if I am just paying more for extra stuff, and not stuff that I actually need.
http://www.buytwowayradios.com/products/midland/midland-gxt-950-vp4.aspx
I was also thinking about this headset.
http://www.fundeals4u.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=PEMTR53725&Click=532
If theres any other radio's or stores that recommend, please do tell.

BlackHorse432
08-25-2008, 04:21 PM
I bought a set of Midland radios from Wal-Mart (a twin pack) and they have worked flawlessly. I also bought some secret agent type headsets (low viz ear piece and low profile PTT/mic) for them and have had problems with one of the headsets.
The problem came way of mic not operating anymore, and I think it's because I might have stretched the cord too much or it possibly became exposed to water. Aside from that, good radios and headsets. Once I can remember the models for the radios and headsets I will post links.

shakman
08-25-2008, 05:17 PM
In a nutshell, all the "twin-packs" of FRS radios will perform about the same. Some have more output wattage than others, but they will all operate on the same channels and be able to talk to one-another (not taking into account sub-channels, but for this thread, I'm not even going to go there.)

For headsets, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT get an el-cheapo throat mic and come to the field with it. Both yourself and everyone else on the field will be sorely disappointed with it's performance. Pryme makes some decent boom-mic units for most of the FRS brands out there and they're fairly affordable. Otto Engineering also makes the Breeze headset which is an excellent value for what you get. http://www.ottoeng.com for more info.

Chief
08-25-2008, 05:37 PM
Which ever one you decide on getting, I highly recommend you find one that comes with a good clip! After you get a mic up and running the next problem is where to put in on your rig/belt or where ever you feel you'd like it. This creates another possible problem.....What happens if it falls? On at least two occasion I would be without a mic if my teamates hadn't picked it up for me haha. So take that into consideration!

HammerHead
08-25-2008, 06:09 PM
Which ever one you decide on getting, I highly recommend you find one that comes with a good clip! After you get a mic up and running the next problem is where to put in on your rig/belt or where ever you feel you'd like it. This creates another possible problem.....What happens if it falls? On at least two occasion I would be without a mic if my teamates hadn't picked it up for me haha. So take that into consideration!

Secondary retention or dummy cords ;) Use 550 cord (paracord) to tie expensive equipment to your rig and zipties/turbo tape to fasten cords to your rig.

RedRaptor
08-26-2008, 02:56 AM
Don't buy Midlands if you're planning on getting a nice headset setup aside from the earbud style. I haven't seen any headsets that look the way I want them to (Bowman or Swimmer style) that will work with the Midlands, but it seems lik EVERYTHING works with Kenwoods and Motorolas.

If you -don't- plan on dishing out for a tacticool headset and just want a decent pair of radios, though, then by all means get the Midlands.

Smitty
09-03-2008, 02:59 AM
Blister pack radios suck. I had some Moto T8500 that were "20+ miles" or some such nonsense, and I could not reach my buddy. Hilltop to hilltop, about 1/2 mile.
Nearly all FRS/GMRS blister pack radios are 1/2 watt.
The Midlands you linked went up to 5 watts. More watts is more power. However, to legally use that radio over 1/2 watt, you will need an FCC GMRS lic. - $85/5yrs.
Also, one thing to remember is that different radios have different PTT/comm connectors. And if you get quick detach connectors, you can spend just as much money on one connector as you would on a dedicated mic unit.
If I were you, I'd say to hell with it and get an Icom.
But that maybe because I am selling mine....:D
I'll be in Austin tomorrow....