Good product with some problems
Have 4 of these for marine communication. Good reception. Batteries are indeed crap. All 4 are now out of commission all requiring new batteries. A significant cost after 12 months.
Great reception, poor squelch location, poor battery
We use these in our school outdoor activities program and I have used them on a farm for safety communications. They have a great reception and can be used on three different wattage settings depending on how strong you want your transmit signal to be, however, the batteries swell up after a period of time and prevent you from using them in the charger or on the radio and the squelch dial us located on the same dial as the volume (squelch outside dial, volume inside dial) makes it difficult to maintain a constant squelch while adjusting the volume. Found the squelch would tend to move with the volume if you are not careful. I don't understand why they haven't fixed the battery problem. I could almost guarantee you will be replacing at least one of the two supplied batteries within a year or two
Good signal, good scan facility
Batteries swell and need replacing after a while, squelch should be able to be locked or a button instead of a dial around the volume dial
Nice unit with some long term ruggedness fails (see cons). I was surprised at these as it seems super rugged and awesome out of the box. All features electronically work fantastic.
Compact, Light weight for capability, great accessories, dual charger for spare battery and unit, powerful, great looking and waterproof.
Battery casing splits over time, maybe with the heat. They swell up and crack... Expensive batteries to replace at about a quarter of the original price of the unit and accessories. Rubber side grips peel of in the heat. No big deal, but not great for protection and grip long term. My squelch knob also now turns round and round without a stop or start and fails to work.
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