Originally Posted by Double D
I wonder how the walkies get their range ratings. I had a few sets in the shop that I sold that had a 18 mile range or more on them but I swear if you had a tree in between you and the other guy, you had interference. I couldnt get a mile or two out of them unless you were completely unobstructed.
They are tested under ideal conditions. Get up high with a long distance to the horizon, and key that FRS radio! It will talk 18 miles! Put that same radio on the ground, with buildings, and trees between the two radios, and you'll be lucky to talk a mile! I once had a CB radio, 3 watt output, and I talked 80 miles to a guy in Fresno, CA. I was on a mountain over looking the whole valley! Hand held CB's won't do any better, the short antena won't let you get out more than a mile, and much less than that if you are in your car. An outside antena hooked up to that 3 watt hand held will work the same as any other 3 watt CB radio.
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