It's important to select the right radio that will suit your needs, from range to durability, so you can be properly prepared when you need it most. Here are a few of the ten best radios to consider.
Due to the wide popularity of two way radios and competition between top brands, it is hard to determine the absolute Ten Best two way radios. The most important thing to consider here is the power a two way radio gives you in an emergency should you become separated from your family or close friends.
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While we still can buy from stores ... while we still have access to money... whether we are being paranoid, or simply being prepared because of an approaching apocalyptic event, an event such as an EMP will make the conveniences of modern life a thing of the past and your opportunity to outfit your family with two way radios will be gone. It will be too late.
Here are ten of the top two way radios...
1) Uniden GMR5088-2CKHS -
The GMR5088 from Uniden has a 50-mile range and is fully submersible for up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water. The GMRS frequencies paired with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio Broadcast mode make this two-way radio a perfect purchase for the extreme EMP prepper. It even floats so you can retrieve it easily if dropped into water.
2) Cobra MicroTalk CXT545 -
With a compact design, 28-mile range and voice-activated radio transmission, Cobra's MicroTalk CXT345 is a reliable and inexpensive choice for those who want something lightweight and minimal to store in a pack or with you on the go. The built-in NOAA radio receiver can keep you updated on any storms or natural disasters heading your way.
3) Olympia R500 -
Olympia's R100 is also waterproof and has an extended range of 42 miles. You can push your range out with a power button for temporary expansion and the dual-power options will keep you communicating without an issue.
4) Midland GXT1000VP4 -
For something a little less costly, invest in Motorola's highly rated MH230R for great transmission range and the perk of the NOAA Weather Range Broadcast. You may not get the perks of a fully submersible radio, but you will have a weather-resistant one with a useful All Hazards Alert for emergency announcements and over 5560 channel options.
5) Motorola MH230R -
If you're seeking the most bang for your buck and a reliable, quality product. Consider the Motorola MH230R two-way radio. You'll have a decent 23-mile range and all the important perks you look for when purchasing an emergency survival radio. It's lightweight, has 11 NOAA channels and rechargeable batteries with optional duel charging capabilities.
6) Retevis RT21 -
The RT21 offers an awesome warranty with their two-way radios so you can be comfortable putting it to the test without having to dip back into the doomsday fund.
It also comes with Intelligent Charge control so it's always ready to go.
7) Motorola 22-Channel Weatherproof 35 mile Range Two Way Radio -
This particular Motorola is manufactured for rougher outdoor conditions. Specifically, "The IP54 weatherproof construction withstands the effects of rain, snow and other weather conditions for use outdoors." Remember those 22 channels? These 22 channels provide you with 121 privacy codes creating 2,2662 unique combinations so you always have a clear channel to communicate on. With dual sources of power, you can use NiMH recharegable batteries to provide the radio with up to 10 hours use or you can use three AA batteries for 26 hours use. Another nice thing about this Motorola (and other leading two way radios) ... it's compatible with other brands of two way radios (FRS/GMRS) as long as you are on the same channel and using same privacy code.
8) Juentai JT-K10AT -
This ham two-way radio provides a whopping 10m watts, making long-range communication crystal clear and reliable. The casing has been improved upon to be more durable and resilient to the elements, and it sports an impressive polymer Li-ion battery for longer life out in the field.
9) Midland GXT2050VP4 -
The GXT2050VP4 includes a pair of 50 Channel two way radios with up to a 36 mile range (in areas without obstructions this range can extend). Advanced Lithium Polymer Battery Technology gives you longer battery life and a rapid charge so you can get out faster and stay out longer.
10) Retevis H-777 -
The H-777 is a great all around option when it comes to two-way radios. It has a strong frequency and all the perks -- from a Li-ion battery to the handy built-in LED torch for dark environments.
Like it or not, In a post apocalyptic world, anything can happen, and being familiar with multiple types of radio interfaces will put you far ahead of most people in your community.
Search and rescue teams, remote fire fighters, staffing at remote industrial installations, explorers, and the list goes on each include two way radios near or even at the top of a list of essential survival supplies to have on hand.
In a disaster zone, where there's no phones or internet, being able to get in touch with your family and close friends is essential. Imagine the devastation of not being able to find your spouse or children...
In World War II, families were torn apart, many never to see each other again, when widespread evacuations sent many in different directions. Children fled from schools. Parents and siblings fled from homes and work places ...
In the end, realize that communication following a disaster can be the tool that keeps your family together, helps you find your close friends, helps you communicate with watchful neighbors and even citizens in other nearby towns about approaching threats, or threats that may be awaiting you further up the highway.
• Regarding wiring an inverter to a 12 volt battery (or bank of batteries), t's not a complicated set up. Talk to your local RV/motor home repair shop and the owner would probably be glad to show you how to put it together.
• Even better than that 12 volt battery and inverter: Invest in smaller back up batteries that will fit a two way radio for whatever set of two way radios you choose (just be sure you are getting the right batteries for your two way radio; you can have rechargeables and standard as back ups).
• Because two way radios are a low-watt device, inexpensive solar panels can be used to recharge your two way radios, which is even better than relying on a 12 volt inverter (to be better prepared, consider having both options).