Motorola Talkabout MU350R Two-Way Radios
In this day and age of cell phones, one can reasonably ask, why do we need radios? The answer is simple, there are too many "dead zones" for cell phone reception in the wilderness, particularly in the West. When it comes to two-way radios, there are dozens of brands available, ranging in price from $50 a pair to well over $300 a pair. The question is, why buy one brand over another? The answer is simple: Quality and reliability.
We will admit to having purchased some cheapies at big box stores and surprise, surprise, they didn't work more than half a mile apart. In addition, the reception was not very good. When Jim went on his Persian Ibex hunt in 2009, the outfitter provided him with a Motorola radio to allow him to stay in contact with the guides and other hunters. For seven days in the Floridas Mountains of New Mexico, he used that radio and never had a problem. Although his cell phone entered several dead zones, the radio always allowed him to communicate. Thus, he was very excited to see the new Motorola MU350Rs at the 2014 SHOT Show. In a first, he asked the representatives if he could get a pair to test in the San Mateo Mountains in New Mexico. They agreed and the radios arrived in late February.
As soon as the weather cleared we sent our testing team into the mountains for a week. Long story short, the radios worked flawlessly. They tested them at short distances and all the way out to 20 miles apart. Despite the terrain and weather conditions, reception was excellent at all times. These radios are not kids toys, they are serious communication devices designed to handle some of the roughest conditions you may encounter.
Among the standard features of the MU350R are:
These are just some of the more unique features of the MU350R radios which sets them apart from others in the field. A pair of MU350R radios comes with the following:
With an MSRP of $149.99, they are a good investment for the outdoorsman who wants to be assured of communication with others in their group and the outside world.
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