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Motorola Talkabout T62 Walkie Talkies (Review and Range Test)

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Discover why PMR446 Walkie Talkies such as the Motorola Talkabout are so popular in Europe. Part 1 - Motorola T62 on Amazon* ➜ Part 2 - Unboxing ➜ (2:17min) Part 3 - Range Test ➜ (9:17min) Part 4 - Summary & Conclusion ➜ (13:41min) *If you are located in the United States please use a 22 channel FRS radio instead, for example: Motorola T800 Two-Way Radios US ➜ In this product review, we will have a closer look at license-free two way radios from Motorola. While we find a maximum range of 8 km (4,9 miles) listed on the package, in my opinion, such distances are only reached under optimal conditions (e.g. open line of sight). More realistic is to assume a shorter range, because houses, trees, and other obstacles can reduce the signal quality significantly. According to government regulation, PMR446 radios are not allowed to have a replaceable antenna, and can only transmit at a low output power of 0.5 watts. Because of this, it is perfectly normal that these radios perform best in close range communication. At first, a short range may seem like a disadvantage, but if you think about it, it also has advantages. In a city with many users, simultaneous transmissions on the same channel, are less likely if the radios only have a short range. The benefit, users are not constantly bothering each other on one of the 8-16 available PMR frequencies. In addition, the low output power extends battery life, and you can use the radios longer while consuming less power. Also, if your radio would transmit over longer distances, more people could listen in, which is also avoided by the weak transmission power. Because a potential eavesdropper would always have to be close enough to receive the signal. In my test, the communication quality was very good, personally, I think the Motorola Talkabout series has a very nice build quality.