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I bought walkie talkies with 56 km radius and yet we are lucky to reach each other after approx. 1 mile,any idea why we don't get the range

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You do not mention the particular model of Motorola, so this answer will be generic in nature. Some Motorola TalkAbout radios have been factory programmed with a few GMRS repeater frequencies. These channels require the use of a repeater tower, which will 'repeat' what you say over a greater distance. It is possible you have this type of radio. Check your user guide, and then set your radio to the appropriate channel for the repeater in your area.

Radio-to-radio without the use of a repeater you can expect up to 2 miles line-of-sight out of most handheld radios. This distance is reduced by obstacles such as buildings, trees, etc. inbetween the radios. It can also be reduced if you do not hold the antenna of the radio perpendicular to the ground.

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Posted on Jan 19, 2012

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    Mark Long Jun 21, 2014

    These models are based on a 3-watt input into the antenna system and both radios are within line of site within each other. Real world conditions make them more like 1 to 5 mile range. Let me put it this way, I operate a large rec facility with a repeater. The facility is in a mountainous region and a mountain separates our areas of activity. If you switch the radios to simplex, you only communicate with the people on your side of the mountain. With the repeater on, you can be at the bottom of one hill and talk to people at the bottom of the hill on the other side of the mountain and also our staff in town 30 miles away.

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    eradiostore Jun 26, 2014

    Mark, What you describe would be entirely correct. Simplex radio-to-radio without the aid of a repeater is basically line-of-sight from one radio to another. Typically radios will get up to two miles line-of-sight. In mountainous conditions you will only be able to communicate where the radios could potentially see one another. The repeater which you say you can talk on both sides of the mountain must have an antenna positioned on top of the mountain. Using this repeater your radios would be talking line-of-sight from the repeater's antenna. The repeater would have a certain footprint of coverage.

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