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Motarola t8500r I cant get any range from my radios maybe 1/4 kilometer at the max

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  • scottntracey Nov 12, 2008

    I have had them on open land and i have the same problem. Voices sound muffled and choppy over 100 yards. Is there a high and low power setting on these radios?

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Try moving out of buildings. they work best on flat open land.

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Motorola fcc id k7gt8500 manual


Here is a link http://shop.giantintl.com/Manuals.asp
Choose T8500 from the pulldown to get to the online manual.

Best regards.

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What's the range


A quick google search yielded a theoretical range of 2 miles. This range is as the crow flies, and assumes an unobstructed open area, with no interference. In practicality, the radios will reach from one side of a side to another maybe a bit further. When Outside on a clear day in a city a football field or two will probably be the max. The range greatly depends on where you are located; buildings, power lines, and cars will interfere with the signal.

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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.

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T 5000 (Talkabout Hand held Radios)


Hi Mark,

I understand your concern with the actual range of the Motorola T5000. Being UHF radios, they are severely limited by any obstruction in between, be it trees, buildings, hills, foliage, terrain and any others that would block "line of sight". Additionally due to the inherent design restrictions imposed on these radios, the FRS channels are limited to pushing out 0.5 watts making the GMRS channels better choice since the radio will be transmitting at 1 watt. To my knowledge, channels 8 - 14 are FRS only.

Possible things you can try to improve transmit distance are:
1. use AA Alkaline batteries instead of the rechargeable ones;
2. disable or minimize settings of interference eliminators, Quiet Talk, noise filters, coded squelch or CTCSS;
3. replace the stub antenna with a Larsen Quarter wave. You may need to install a BNC mount to accommodate the Larsen. Incidentally, this will also improve the receive range and not only the transmit.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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User manual


Go To http://shop.giantintl.com//Manuals.asp and right in the center of the screen there will be a pull down menu, select the T8500R in the pull down menu. Models T8500/T8510/T8530 and T8550 are all on the same owners manual, good luck!:)

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Long range mode


Hi,

For the Cobra PR4700WX:
The user's manual is available here
To turn on/off the long range mode - (If you are referring to low & high power); Press and hold the Hi•Low/Enter button for two seconds.
Alternately, if you are referring to the Light/Max Range (receive sensitivity), 3 options:
1. To briefly turn off auto squelch - Press the Light/Max Range button for less than five seconds. If you hear two beeps, you have turned the maximum range extender on.
2. To turn maximum range extender on - Press and hold the Light/Max Range button for at least five seconds until you hear
two beeps which indicates the maximum range extender is on.
3. To turn maximum range extender off - Press and release the Light/Max Range button or change channels.
Probable reason that "fishing was all right but for hunting there is to much static" is becasue these radios operate on line of sight principle. Anything that obstructs the linear view would reduce signal strength/range. There is not that much obstruction when fishing compared to that when hunting in the woods or rough uneven terrain.
Please note that when using Channels 1 through 7 and 15 through 22 on high power, the Hi icon will be visible on the display. When using those channels on low power and on Channels 8 through 14, the Low icon will be visible on the display.

For the Cobra PR3500DX:
The user's manual is available here.
The transmission message icon off when not in use - this icon will only display if the radio is receiving something or if your are pressing the PTT button.
The other three the transmission signal is on at all times - indicates that either you are transmitting (unlikely) or the radio is in constant receive mode (most likely). I would venture a guess that the Auto Squelch is switched "OFF" or Maximum Range is switched "ON"

Both the 4700 & 3500 has Power Saver and it is a built-in feature. Your radios have this unique circuit designed that extend battery life. If there are no transmissions for 10 seconds, the radio will automatically switch to Battery Save mode and the Power Saver icon will flash in the display. This will not affect the radio’s ability to receive incoming transmissions.

Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Realistic expectations for transmission range


The range estunated for this radios is very poor, is related with the enviroment, the vegetation could decrese sifnificative your range. The specs for this radio says is for 4 milles, but with line of sight, every thing between the line of sight will decrese your range. Neto

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