First Look at Motorola T480 35-Mile Talkabout Radio & Using T480 for Emergency Preparedness
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As kids you might have played with walki talkies or two way radios. Now day’s two way radios are available in different ranges and capabilities and many of them provide FRS radio services which can be used by families and outdoor enthusiasts without requiring any FCC license.
The Family Radio Service (FRS) is an improved walkie-talkie radio system authorized with 14 channels in the United States since 1996 and each channel has a bandwidth of 12.5 kHz. This personal radio service uses channelized frequencies around 462 and 467 MHz in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band.
Motorola is the market leader in emergency radios and this version of T480 two way radio comes loaded with features and can be used in emergencies and for any outdoor activitiess.T480 has total of 22 channels and comes with 121 privacy codes in each of those channels.
The range on these radios are 35 mile as advertised by motorolla.Most of us who use and have experience using two way radio knows advertised range is under optimum conditions and with clear line of sight and in cities you are going to get 1 or 2 miles which is not really bad compared to other radios. Typically any consumer radio will have a range of one mile in the city which is sufficient for most cases.
T480 is weather proof radio and complies with ip54 standarads.To make it water proof and dust proof ,the ports and openings are covered with rubber enclosures so that dust and water does not get in.
Other useful feature features which comes with T480 is that you can listen to NOAA weather channels and it even has FM radio so that you can listen to your favorite FM channles.Built in flash light helps you to find your way around during nights and helps if the power goes off.
If you are camping out in the woods or hunting, built in emergency alerts feature sends out emergency signals to your camping party who are turned to your channels.
If you have already have old two way radios hanging around in your house, this will be a welcome addition for itis weather and emergency features.
You can charge T480 with using an USB port and it has rechargeable lithium ion battery. It can be used with two AA batteries in case your original battery runs out of juice.
The clip which comes along with this radio act as an emergency whistle and no other radios can beat the array of feature T480 has and personally I love this innovative whistle feature.
Motorola is packing lot of features into this little radios for not a lot of money .This can be great gift to give it to other families and friends.
FRS radio service is licensed by rule. This means an individual license is not required to operate an FRS radio provide you comply with the rules. You may operate an FRS radio regardless of your age, and for personal or for business use if you are not a representative of a foreign government. Please make sure to get a license if you using two way radio in GMRS frequencies. Radios that have been certified for use in the FRS may be found on the FCC website by using the page a thttps://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/GenericSearch.cfm.