The two-way radio is a very handy tool for communication if your group is partitioned during a trip. Remote areas may not have good or any network coverage, in which case your mobile phones will not be of any use if you want to get in touch with the distant members of your group.
We assembled an extensive list of some of the best two-way radios on the market and reviewed them all, so what’s left for you to do is to pick out your favorite. Enjoy!
List Of Best Two-Way Radio Reviews
Two-Way Radio Buying Guide
General Notice on GMRS License
Please take note that when a manufacturer advertises the possibility to use GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequencies, these require a special Federal Communications Commission License to connect and operate lawfully in the United States. Contact the relevant authority for details. FRS (Family Radio Service) channels 8-14 require no license. In Canada, no channels require a license.
Below we have included a few factors you may want to take into consideration when you make your choice.
There seems to be a significant misunderstanding relating to the notion of privacy codes in several “semi-official” reviews, even on large retail websites. Just to be clear, privacy codes do not encrypt your conversation or anything of the sort. They simply offer a wider choice of possible channels for the transmissions between two devices to flow through, thus lessening the chance that a third party will also use the same channel. Ultimately, the privacy code is to prevent third party communications from disturbing your transmissions, not from preventing third parties from hearing what you transmit!
Generally speaking, two-way portable radios have three main sources of power. The most common one is the rechargeable battery pack, almost always included with the pair of receivers. Some manufacturers/models offer only the option of using standard AA/AAA batteries (these may or may not be rechargeable depending on your preference). Increasingly many manufacturers design the battery slot in a way that allows you to use either the battery pack of the manufacturer or to use AA/AAA batteries. Finally, the least common source of power is the dynamo, whereby you can charge the device through turning a handle rapidly.
The radios communicate with each other directly, not via a satellite or tower like mobile phones do. For this reason, two-way radios have a limited reach within which they can transmit to one and other. When selecting your radio device, consider whether or not it will be important for you to be able to communicate miles and miles away. Note that the advertised range by the manufacturer for any device is the absolute maximum limit, measured under ideal conditions that are unlikely to exist in real life. On a general note, however, the stronger the ideal range, the stronger the real range will be.
It may be a good catch or a good bargain that certain manufacturers include just about every accessory you can possibly need to keep your device running. From different charging docks, power chords, headsets and earphones to belt clips, these might make certain products a better overall offer.