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Old 05-21-2013, 12:02 AM
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Default I bought 5 of these radios today

Very secure and cheap. I bought 5 of them with longer range antennae and extra larger batteries for 100 shipped. They run 15-20 each. and get between 2-6 miles but as lower video states they got 14.9 miles on extra antennae. No need to be hooked to any network.




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Figure its a great cheap way to get a ton of neighborhood communication going now.
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Did I miss the info on where to get them ?
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What makes them secure?

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900mhz digital. Way better than the FRS radio you get from the store. At least when you are at a ski resort, you will for sure have a clear channel to use. I have 4 and I use it when we go somewhere with no cell coverage.
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I picked up 5 of them off ebay. I would like to know more about that antenna
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Those look like the old Motorola Nextel phones...Sprint is decomissioning the Nextel towers next month so these devices will be useless as a cell phone. The "walkie talkie" feature will still work - hopefully more of these will show up on ebay & Craigslist.
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Did I miss the info on where to get them ?
Am also wondering this. Hey OP, how about a link?
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Also interested in a link.
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tagg...

source??
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I'm interested in where as well
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Great idea...Found them available on Amazon & Ebay used for $20-$25.

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I do not know where he got them but here is a link to much more info on these.

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=193571
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Yup. The survivalist board link will tell you everything you need to know. 2 miles urban and up to 10 line of site with the longer antennae. Be great for jeeping, hiking, ranch and SHTF. It is secure enough. If someone wants to find you and you are transmitting, they will find you. If OpSec is a concern, code talk or no talk.
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Sorry, I bought mine off eBay he was selling 5 for $125 but I talked him down to 100. They come with a rigded antennae, larger battery, and holster. For 25 each shipped I couldn't beat it he said he has 60 left.


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Also on that survival forum I seen people modifying a 3 triple A battery holder to fit these phones so you wont ever have to worry about these batteries not being manufactured anymore. Also there is a video of a guy that cut his charger cord and hooking up a cut usb cord which allows you to charge of a usb. I have the newer f150 so I can keep one charged off the truck this way also. Another thing is the accessories are cheap as heck right now. I bought a couple of car chargers for like $4 shipped for 2 of them off ebay. They also have the motorola handsets you can hook to these like the cops roll with. Im definitely looking into a larger antennae for the home and making 1 of these stationary.
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Motorola i335, i355, and also i365 are DirectTalk compatible. All you need to do I'd go into the menu and switch to DirectTalk, choose your channel, and choose your group code. Make sure all units are on the same channel/group. It's not 100% private because you can set it to hear all Tx on a Channel, just cannot transmit. And I think it has about 13 available channel. (Someone please correct if I'm wrong).

I have use these on varies places. Once in San Fran downtown, the max I had was .75 mile according to google map. Once was on a aircraft carrier, I couldn't get thru when one unit was on the runway, and the other unit was one story below the hanger bay. But when I try it back home, I got about 4 miles range (almost line of sight, according to google map). So it's really YMMV.
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One nice feature on these radio is call private talk. What you ned to do is on the SIM card, you can change the phone number and customize to your choice on all units. Let say 5 unit from 11-15, you are using unit 11, and you want to talk to unit 14 privately, you can punch in 14 on keypad then push the Ptt to talk to unit 14 privately without other units knowing you two are talking.
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Motorola i335, i355, and also i365 are DirectTalk compatible. All you need to do I'd go into the menu and switch to DirectTalk, choose your channel, and choose your group code. Make sure all units are on the same channel/group. It's not 100% private because you can set it to hear all Tx on a Channel, just cannot transmit. And I think it has about 13 available channel. (Someone please correct if I'm wrong).

I have use these on varies places. Once in San Fran downtown, the max I had was .75 mile according to google map. Once was on a aircraft carrier, I couldn't get thru when one unit was on the runway, and the other unit was one story below the hanger bay. But when I try it back home, I got about 4 miles range (almost line of sight, according to google map). So it's really YMMV.
If memory serves me well, the i870, and i880 also support direct-talk.

But wait, there's more:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40
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REVIVE!!!

hope these turn out to be fun... just won an auction on ebay for 15 of them!! let me know if interested, i doubt i will keep all of them
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They work great. I have a handful of them
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For the direct talk feature is a SIM card required?
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We have a pin of about 100 of these things collecting dust in the warehouse at work. When Sprint screwed us and tried to force us into a horrible contract we gave them the finger and moved over to Verizon for our PTT features. I'll ask later this week if they have any plans for them.
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Are the direct talk channels Citizens Band channels or something else?
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Bizvuits, I would definitely be interested in finding out what happens with your bin at work.
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Biz, definitely interested, I'll be watching.
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Are the direct talk channels Citizens Band channels or something else?
It's ISM 900mhz.
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Interesting.
We just tossed a bunch of i355s after Sprint/NEXTEL gave us the shaft.

I wasn't aware of the Direct Talk feature. We probably would have kept them for employee communication. We switched to Verizon, but the service is absolutely horrible here.
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is there a list of alternatives to the i355 model that can be used in this fashion
found a list/link in the referenced thread
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOTO_Talk

I was curious as to weight and battery charging/availability for the various devices.

I'd like not to have additional radios, since I already have FRS types with rechargeable batts, unless it of course provides a serious benefit/advantage like distance.
I'd want to weigh the benefit/cost, if i can recharge the batteries via solar, that would be ideal, but if the battery doesnt last long, it might not be a benefit, privacy in communications is a big plus, but there are also times i might want compatibility with others, which would mean reverting back to the FRS type radios.
From most aspects, I'm seeing the most benefit from having both platforms, but that additional cost of weight is fairly heavy.
did i cover everything? thoughts? pros/cons?
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Yes they are. Mine came without them and they were about 2 bucks each off eBay
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I'm looking for radios with a 20-30 mile range. My wife works 20 miles away from me and when something happens I'd like us to be able to coordinate. Any input ?
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I'm looking for radios with a 20-30 mile range. My wife works 20 miles away from me and when something happens I'd like us to be able to coordinate. Any input ?
@TacFan - look into either Ham or single side band CB.

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I'm looking for radios with a 20-30 mile range. My wife works 20 miles away from me and when something happens I'd like us to be able to coordinate. Any input ?
Depends on terrain, but your most likley talking about ham radios, and getting the required license for them.
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Found advertised locally, factory sealed i335 for 35 each
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still waiting on mine.. i'm hoping the batteries are in decent shape at least...

Ill be backin with an update after i get them and look them all over and such
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