SO WHAT CAN I USE THEM FOR
These are fantastic for group or family activities. On a trip down to the coast a few years back, I was driving in convoy with a group of friends. I just happened to have 4 of these and gave one to each car… and then the fun began. Not only were we able to keep in touch all the way there and back, but we also found all kinds of other people also using these radios, and chatted to one and all along the way. It saved us a great deal on our cellular bills, plus the convenience was a big plus. And I don’t know what it is with two way radios, but picking one up seems to take us back to our childhood – it’s just plain fun! I owned a pair of these many years ago (Kenwood UBZ-LF14 (pictured) and Icom IC-4088 (pictured) if I remember correctly) that were very low power, and was able to get from the cableway at Hartbeespoort Dam to my home in Mayville, Pretoria. That’s about 29km and exceeds the rated distance, but because I was on top of a mountain, the height made this possible. I’ve even used these over a few kilometers boat to boat and they worked very well indeed.
But don’t think the fun stops there – for hiking, camping, climbing, and everything inbetween, these little radios pay for themselves in the first few months. And if you’re a parent, giving one to your child when you go out does give you a little more peace of mind - it fosters independence while enhancing security. And you just know that kids are going to love this!