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Motorola FV500 - lots and lots of noise on line..

Hi Guys,

We have 2 FV500 radios, and my son wants to go on a bilke ride with this so we can keep in touch.

We have never used radios before, both channels are set to 1 and the ointeferencce code is set to one, its also set to 1.0 watt

basically as it is when you turn it on, the problem is it sounds absoutly pants our garden is 200ft in length and i can barely hear his voice except for loads of static,

Im sure we are doing something stupiud here,

Any help greatly appreciated!


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Hello hanshez,

It's also possible that the noise is being caused by local interence. You could try using a different channel. Disable your interference eliminator function and try listening to the various channels to find a quiet one. The interference codes don't actually eliminate interference they just keep you from hearing activity on the channel that can still interfere with your communications.

As long as there isn't other activity on the channel your radios should be able to communcate. Are the radios able to communicate with each other when you are in the same room? Does the problem occur when your son gets further away? Or when he is outside and you are inside? If so, the issue may be one of range.

These kinds of two-way radios are very good for communiations when the users are within line-of-sight of each other. However communications can become blocked by tall trees and buildings, if one user is inside a building or automobile, etc. The 8-mile range that Motorola lists is really only practical when one user has some altitude over the other and clear line-of-sight, such as being on top of a tall hill outdoors with no nearby buildings. For typical communications over relatively flat ground with no obstructions, I would expect a more typical range of less then one mile. Obstructions can lower this effective communications range even more.

Hope this helps.
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Posted on Jun 23, 2008


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