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Have you tried the Kenwoods? (eom) (archive)

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Posted by DC on September 29, 1998 at 19:44:01:

In Reply to: Radio Shack FRS radios posted by Tom M. on September 29, 1998 at 19:33:50:

: Radio Shack has a new FRS radio, just released. It was on sale for $80 for the full featured unit so I picked one up to work with my Mot Talkabout+. Here's my experience:

: 1. The RS mode's bod is usefully smaller than the Mot, although from the bottom of the unit to the top of the antenna is about the same.

: 2. The RS unit uses 2 AA batteries, I would expect shorter life than the Mot. (I didn't measure it.)

: 3. The RS unit has a TRUE mechanical power switch integrated into the volume control. Very simple, and when the unit is off it's OFF. No more taking your batteries out or finding them drained a few weeks later.

: 4. The RS unit has an annoying burst of noise when the mike button is released. The Mot does also, but way less.

: 5. Audio qualtiy on the RS seemed fine, maybe a little less output. It might have a little more trouble cutting through roadster noise.

: 6. Here's what swung it for me: when using a quiet code, you could still hear adjacent quiet codes SLIGHTLY on the RS unit. None at all on the Mot.

: I returned the RS unit, I'll get another Mot.

: Conclusion: The RS is $80, the Mot is $105. It's $25 well spent.

: Tom M.

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