These handheld 2-way radios are rugged, versatile and keep us connected in the backcountry. Often we will find no cell phone reception where we camp and like to use our radios to stay connected. This helps me out when Pres has been gone several hours on a hike and I want to know his ETA or that he is okay. While hiking we have been impressed with the clarity over distance even when there is no line of sight.
Our Motorola radio also has an emergency alert sound that will broadcast to a paired radio, if one of us gets in serious trouble and needs help. The orange emergency button also activates a flashing red light to help locate you.
The built-in flashlight is a bright white LED and also offers a red light for night vision. The flashlight automatically activates if dropped in water so it can be easily found. I like the removable belt clip so I can have my hands free. Pres uses the clip to attach the radio to our truck visor to be in handy reach while driving.
We have used our radios between caravaning vehicles when camping with friends and find the sound is clear and reception very good – even with other radios of a different brand. The talk button has both high power and low power selection to help save your battery or to boost the sound of your voice.
We also prefer using the 2-way radios over our cell phones when working around the house, as the sound is clear and we find voices easier to understand. Pres can be out in his shop or on the property fixing fence while I am inside the house, and we can hear each other fine.
Motorola offers some great features like the weather alerts through NOAA when hiking or driving where there is the possibility of flash floods, high winds or severe storms. We chose the waterproof (up to 30 minutes at a depth of 3 feet) as we like to fish and kayak. Pres is working on restoring a sailboat, so he had that in mind too when we purchased them. I like the bright neon green as they are easy to spot after setting down, but Motorola offers other colors too.
The pair comes in a handy case to carry or store with their different kinds of charging cords -a conventional electrical outlet, a USB, or a car adapter. We found the radios hold their charge well, using them at full power after sitting in our truck for 2 or 3 weeks. The set comes with rechargeable battery packs or you can use 3 AA batteries. Motorola offers accessories like headphones for the built-in adapter.
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Here are some of the Motorola T605 Key Features:
-22 Channels, Each with 121 Privacy Codes.
-NOAA Weather Alerts.
-Push-to-Talk (PTT) Power Boost.