long range 2 way radios

I'm trying to choose a proper high-power, long range 2 way radios for hiking trip.
I've heard Icom's are good, but need your suggestions.

I believe the Icom radios require an amateur (ham) radio license. "Hiking" radios are in the FRS and GMRS category; Motorola and Midland seem to be very popular, solid brands. There are many articles that discuss the necessity to understand your exact needs and choosing based on that.

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
1 week ago

Just keep in mind that you will likely get nowhere near the "max" range listed on any of these non-licensed radios. Depending on how mountainous the terrain, I'd guess maybe ~1 mile max is likely if you're on the same side of the hill, less if there's no "line of sight" between them (could drop below 1/4 mile in these cases).

For anything farther apart, you better hope a cell tower has you covered.

Mark Mc. Mark Mc.
1 week ago

Also, GMRS requires a license. It's certainly easier to get than a HAM license (GMRS is just a fee, no actual test), but the only "free" radio technology you can use is FRS.

Mark Mc. Mark Mc.
1 week ago

Best radio you are going to get without a license- Motorola DTR700 for a handheld.
Expensive. You get what you pay for.

dodgebaal dodgebaal
1 week ago

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