Do you remember when cell phones did not exist and we had to rely on a schedule and advance notifications via land lines and face-to-face communication? While the new generation considers the cell phone a permanent staple, the Baby Boomers grew up without them. We used hand-held 2-way radios to keep in touch when we were traveling outdoors, going in different cars, or in case we split up during an outing. Technology has changed all of that. Nowadays, we have mobile devices to keep us connected. Zorro and I realized that depending on cell phone coverage when hiking the Appalachian Trail or camping in remote areas, was not a good idea. So we decided to bring along walkie-talkies a/k/a hand-held radios.
We got, as a present, a set of Uniden 2-way GMRS Radios, 22 channels, and a bunch of features that included a 16-mile range. Small, light weight, and with belt clips, they seemed perfect for our outdoor adventures. We tested the Two 16 Mile/22 Channel FRS/GMRS Radios units twice and we found out that coverage was roughly ONE MILE. Yeah, you got that right! Less than 1 mile radius. Even Baron disapproves of these! His morning walks take us about 2 miles. So much for good old fashion Walkie-Talkies… Baron gives this one 4 paws with all claws out!
We will use this units just to keep in touch when wandering around the campsite, no more than that. Does anyone out there has other brand recommendations? Please leave us a comment… Thanks and Happy Trailing!