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#1 User is offline   Silent J 

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 01:46 PM

I purchased a couple radios from Wal-Mart for $30. They came with rechargeable batteries, and chargers and have a claimed 10 mile range.

At first, I thought they had everything I wanted. They scaned, did GMRS/FRS, had privacy codes, l lock button (to prevent changing channels, or modes accidentally) and had rechargeable AAA batteries (so I have the option of using conventional batteries, or the rechargeables).

Good:
* They're small and light weight. Easily fit in a pocket. The menu is easy enough to understand.
* The radios lasted all day (8:00 am to 3:00 PM) on the field, and the "battery low" indicator didn't come on yet (so I presume there was still pleanty of life left in them).
* I could understand my guys all the way across the field, and the signal was very clear - even through heavy terrain.

Bad:
* I wanted to have a scan mode, so I could hear what the other guys were talking about. The scan is very slow, and only goes through once. You have to hit a button each time you want it to scan all the channels. LAME.
* The "lock" feature that locks all key except for the "talk" and "power" buttons. I wish it would lock the power button too - because it's really easy to accidentally hit the power button when you're on your belly. Furthermore, each time one of the other buttons is pressed (like channel up/down etc) a LOUD and annoying beep sounds letting you know that button is "locked out". Again - when you're on your belly, and crawling up on a guy - it REALLY gives away your position. This happened to me twice as I was just belly crawling up to a target - giving away my position. SUPER LAME.

Conclusion:
If you don't belly crawl a lot, or if you don't normally play positions where silence and concealment are critical - they're very good radios. They last all day on a charge, are very innexpensive, and had better range than my friends $80 motorollas. However - if silence is critical, go with something else.

*side note
My throat mic is still shipping, so the LOUD beeping MIGHT just happen in your ear bud (and hopefully not giving away your position). But - it was LOUD - and I wouldn't want that sound directly in my ear.
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 10:15 PM

View PostSilent J, on Aug 28 2006, 02:46 PM, said:

The scan is very slow, and only goes through once. You have to hit a button each time you want it to scan all the channels. LAME.
* The "lock" feature that locks all key except for the "talk" and "power" buttons. I wish it would lock the power button too - because it's really easy to accidentally hit the power button when you're on your belly. Furthermore, each time one of the other buttons is pressed (like channel up/down etc) a LOUD and annoying beep sounds letting you know that button is "locked out". Again - when you're on your belly, and crawling up on a guy - it REALLY gives away your position. This happened to me twice as I was just belly crawling up to a target - giving away my position. SUPER LAME.

I have these same radios. There's nothing wrong with your radios you just have to get that throat mic or any other headset and you'll be fine. Forget the beeping, what if someone transmits while you're sneaking up on someone? Your oponent will hear your teammate talking. Without a throat mic or headset of some kind you're going to have to push the button on the radio to transmit. This causes you to have to move more than neccessary and probably talk louder than you would if you had a throat mic or headset. If you know that crawling causes buttons on the radio to be pushed then wear the radio somewhere else on your body. I'm not sure what's wrong with your scan as mine scans quickly and keeps cycling through all channels continuously. They will stop when a signal is detected then continue to scan when the channel is clear. For paintball you need a throat mic or headset of some kind and for a really sweet set-up I highly recommend a PTT (push to talk) button that can be worn on the finger, hand, or wrist. Hope you get the bugs worked out.

This post has been edited by DVLCHLD: 17 December 2006 - 07:23 PM

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 09:50 PM

View PostSilent J, on Aug 28 2006, 02:46 PM, said:

The scan is very slow, and only goes through once. You have to hit a button each time you want it to scan all the channels. LAME.



Isn't that cheating? Is the lock pass coded? (im guessing it locks the scan button to)

This post has been edited by Lyian: 19 December 2006 - 09:52 PM

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 02:39 PM

http://www.scenariop...ball.com/rules/

RADIO ESPIONAGE:

Radio espionage is allowed with the STRICT exception of the judges' channel. Messages on the command channel are in code, so LISTENING isn't a problem; it serves no purpose. Jamming of command channels is prohibited, resulting in ejection from the event.

Monitoring of the judges' channel is STRICTLY prohibited and will result in IMMEDIATE ejection from the event due to the fact that the urgency of the decisions makes coding them illogical and impossible.

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Listening in on the opponents radio broadcasts is expected, and not cheating.
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Posted 25 December 2006 - 10:15 PM

Meh..

I don't agree with it. legal or not. Doing crap like that just puts farr too much seriousness into something that is ment for fun. I reealy dont want to have to worry about doing all the POOPY SHIZZLE the army does if my life isnt depending on it.

Thats like trying to get every advantage passable to win at a board game. I mean seriously.
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Posted 06 February 2007 - 03:21 PM

if you have a set of the cobra handsets, and other team members have a different brand like motorola, can you all still get on the same channel and talk to each other? i havent gotten team handsets yet because i dont know if different brands can communicate with each other.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:24 PM

I bought 5 Motorolas and they "talk" to my brother's Cobra so this leads me to believe that most can "cross-talk".
Now all I need are headsets for them.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:04 PM

I think scanning is fine. it makes sense and any smart commander would jump at a chance to gain an edge over their opfor. Plus many large games will have a main freq for general orders. than have sub channels that will also be in code for secure comm between top and the unit commanders and than the unit commanders will often have their own sub freqs like 12, 3 of 2, 9. monitoring the opfor will give you intel which is the first step to victory.

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