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best two way radio?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by haybaler, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. haybaler

    haybaler Member
    Messages: 38

    Ok, I have cell phones, but one of my routes in the next town over has VERY limited cell service. I want to put radios in at least two of my trucks so I can communicate while plowing. is there a radio that can go 10 miles with hills?
     
  2. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    you will probably have to get on a repeater. ive heard prices of $25/radio/month and also $30/monthfor up to a certian amount of radios.
     
  3. flashinglight

    flashinglight Junior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 25

    I'm on the fire dept here in Maine we run the VHF range. My buddies and I are licensed to a simplex (direct) frequency and we can talk, the way the crow flies, I would say around 15 miles. This is on 40+ watt mobile radios. This depends on terrain. If were in between mountains reception is poor til we get to the top of the hill. Were your in Mass I would think you could get a channel on a tower that has a repeater. The repeater would help you talk back and forth better. There would be a monthly fee on this. Not sure if you are looking to pay monthly or not. I know in Maine the two way radio shops like the Motorola ones rent space/ channels to private companies up here. Legally you have to get a license for a frequency, to run radios, through the FCC which can take a couple months, depends how close to Canada you are. I guess it might be worth buying a couple of radios and a month contract with a radio shop to use their frequencies for 3 or 4 months. I almost forgot, marine radios have good range, but are bad news. Their cracking down on people with them. So the only other radio I can think of are CB's. Which unless you run an amp good luck talking 2 miles. Go with Motorola or Kenwood if you have a choice, they make great radios.
     
  4. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    UHF is what u want.

    Your looking at Around $30.00 month for a repeter

    Well worth the money
     
  5. haybaler

    haybaler Member
    Messages: 38

    how do I buy a repeter? why is uhf better the vhf? the motorola's I was looking at were like 300 each
     
  6. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Repeter, u will want to call a radio company. You will have 5-6 Grand in a repeter and towle Pluse u will need a FCC

    your be better off to rent repeter space.
     
  7. flashinglight

    flashinglight Junior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 25

    You will want to find a local radio shop. If your not sure how to find one call your local fire or police dept. Thats the best thing to do. I would wait and see if the radio shop will give you some sort of deal on the radios and rent for a channel. I use to work at a radio shop and the owner did this.
     
  8. haybaler

    haybaler Member
    Messages: 38

    Thank you, that's what I meant was rent not buy.