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Understanding Radio Range

Posted by Bill Dick on

Understanding Radio Range

Most handheld two way radios, or walkie talkies operate on line of sight coverage. Meaning if you can see the other radio, you can "talk" to it. With no obsticles in the way, and no interference, you should be able to get ~6 miles, or 10 KM. Not all radios are created equal though. The output power of a handheld can be anywhere from 0.5W to 5W. Having more power doesn't always mean greater range as there are many factors that go into range. Continue reading below to get a better understanding of the magic of radio! GMRS / FRS...

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