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Range problems this radio is supposed 2 be 10ml radius but it doeasnt work over 1 mile away

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Re: range problems

With radios the maximum range stated usually means from one Mountain top to another they mean Line of sight without ANYTHING in between, and is often inaccurate..because of this.. in actual fact one mile is about all one could expect of low power units such as these... if there are any objects between the units .. well these sorta "Suck up" and Block the signal.. they go much further if one can "See" the other Line of sight.

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You'll never see 8-mile range unless it's mountaintop to mountaintop. If there's any terrain/trees/houses it's just not going to make it...

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Motorola mj270r no range

Handheld radios talking line-of-sight with no obstacles will communicate approx. 2 miles. When talking from inside a building to outside, you can expect 1/4 to 1/2 miles range. Holding the antenna perpendicular to the ground gives you the best range. Height and placement of the antenna determines range. If you were on a mountain you could talk many miles into the valley below. However, in real world applications, range is limited. It can even be limited by the body fluid of the person wearing the radio on their hip, or blocked somewhat by the metal of the automobile one is riding in.

Channels 18-22 are listed as GMRS channels and may have more power than 1-17. The FRS channels are limited to 1/2 watt. But don't be fooled wattage doesn't equal distance. Higher wattage may give you a little more distance, but mostly it will give you clarity in the fringe areas.

Here is a link to the user guide:

A link to Motorola's page about the radio:

And I see where they are quoting 27 miles*, and go on to say:
*How far can I expect my radios to communicate? The communication range quoted is calculated under optimum conditions, with an unobstructed line of sight. Actual range will vary depending on terrain and conditions, and is often less than the maximum possible. Your actual range will be limited by several factors including, but not limited to, terrain, weather conditions, electromagnetic interference and obstructions.

Unfortunately, we are seldom in idea conditions. Radio-to-radio is going to get you 1/4 mile to 2 miles in real conditions.

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What is the radius of the Motorola XTN446

2 miles line-of-sight. Any obstacles you put between the radios will reduce range. Talking from inside a building to outside you would expect a range of 1/4 to 1/2 mi.

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May 09, 2012 | Motorola XTN 2-Way Radio

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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

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.

Best regards.

Jan 19, 2012 | Motorola Walkie Talkies 2-Way Radio

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Cannot talk 2 my daughter about 5 miles away in worked earlier in day when we were close. have motorola 350 waterproof model we are both on same frequency big 2 little 5 do u have any answers

Sorry to say, to talk 5 miles conditions would need to be ideal. A handheld two-way radio talking radio-to-radio can talk as far as it can see line-of-sight. If you were on a mountain top you might be able to talk many miles into a valley below. However, in real world conditions you would have many obstacles: hills, building, trees, and even the body of the person wearing the radio. Realistically you could talk up to 2 miles line-of-sight, or 1/4 to 1/2 mile if you are talking in and out of a building.

For best range, you can achieve maximum range by holding the radio upright with the antenna perpendicular to the ground, face the direction you are talking and have fully charged or new batteries installed.

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Aug 28, 2011 | Motorola MR350R Two Way Radio

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I can't find the manual, and I was wondering how far away you can talk on the BellSouth Walkie Talkies Model 2252?

The range of the BellSouth 2252 will depend on the frequency and the surrounding environment. If you get the FCC license and operate in the GMRS range, then the radios will have a maximum of a 2 mile range. The surroundings will matter: hills, buildings, etc. will shorten the range.

If you are using the FRS frequencies, your range will be significantly shorter (again depending on the surroundings). I'd guess no more than 1/2 mile line of sight.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(who uses another brands of two-way radios and the ones with a 5 mile GMRS range work over 1/2-3/4 of a mile depending on hills. The ones with a shorter range can't communicate with someone at the far end of the property. It's about 3/4 mile from the road to the back fence.)

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We bought a 35 mile radius walkie talkie and i live about 5 miles from the other walkie and it doesnt even pick up static after driving about 1/2 mile away how can i fix this

  • That is the unfortunate advertisement game of these "bubble pack" two way radios. It is very misleading to say that this radio will TX/RX so many miles. It may go 10 miles in optimal conditions. Perhaps a big open lake or hilltop to hilltop. In dense suburban areas you may get 1 mile if you both are outside. Inside buildings a half mile is about it. They are great for camping and hiking trips but not for 30 miles for sure. The more expensive 2-Way radios will serve you far better and more realistically. The quality is better and the antennas are far superior.

Regards, Tony

Apr 26, 2011 | Motorola Walkie Talkie 2-Way Radio

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How to get a Talkabout T5720 to communicate with a

The frequency range and operatngmode of the two radios are compatible. To get the Radius operating on a GMRS channel you'll need a Motorola programming cable and software, OR a trip to a Motorola dealer for frequency programming. Considering the cost involved, the 2-watt output of the Radius, and the 1-watt output of the Talkabout, you would be better off performance and cost wise buying a pair of 5-watt GMRS portables.

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I have a midland lxt326 im its supposed to work for 20 miles

The number of miles stated on the package pertain to the approximate distance you can contact somebody IF you were in an open field.

Keep in mind these radio signals travel by air, and if we have trees, houses, and tall buildings around us, the signals will meet interference and bounce around before reaching their destination.

In an urban area, the most you'll get is about 1 mile. I have the exact same radios as you, the LXT 326 model with black and blue on it, and I can use it to talk to family with a radius of about three blocks in every direction from my house. After that, the messages have a lot of static and are no longer understandable.

Sep 26, 2009 | Two-Way Radios

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1/2 mile range max

Advertising on these models is much like reading about a car's MPG, it must be in perfect conditions. Handheld radios generally will talk "radio-to-radio", "line-of-sight" up to 2 miles. Once you start putting obstacles in between the radios you will shorten your range. Even the body fluid of the person wearing the radio on their hip will absorb some of the range. Talking from inside of a building to outside you might expect 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Good rule of thumb: Height and placement of your antenna determines range. The higher the antenna, the further you can talk. If you are talking from on a mountain top to a valley below you can talk as far as you can see. Increasing Range: Hold your radio perpendicular to the ground, not slanted like you would hold a phone. This problem alone could decrease your range 2/3s. Face the direction you are wanting to communicate. Don't shout CB-style, shouting reduces talk-range. Lastly, use good batteries. This will ensure your transmit capability.

Jun 08, 2009 | Two-Way Radios

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