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T 5000 (Talkabout Hand held Radios)

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My name Mark Gander I work on Lajes Air force in Portugal. I recently purchased 3 radios for myself, and staff. I am a problem receving trans. The radios say that they will reach out up to 8 miles however we cant get out more than a 1/2 mile on the base. Is there something that I could do that would increase the trans distance? Its a shame they are real nice radios but cant get out with them. maybe you could help me..

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Mark Gander
Lajes AFB

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When you are using them in that type of area, there range is usually reduced to less than 1mile due to all the obstructions and other signals.

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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.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

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    Louie Role Mar 22, 2008

    Hi again Mark,

    Any development(s) with your Motorola T5000?

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