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Stay in Touch With Walkie-Talkie Two-Way Radios

When you're out in the field or on a large piece of property, you'll want to stay connected with others so everyone knows what's going on. Having walkie-talkies can be invaluable in certain situations, especially when there is no cellphone reception. eBay has a wide variety of new, used, and pre-owned two-way radios and walkie-talkies.

Types of walkie-talkies available on eBay

There are different ways to classify walkie-talkies. Some considerations are:

  • Family Radio Service (FRS) or General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS): FRS radios are more commonly found since they don't require any licensing. All of the affordable walkie-talkies you'll find on eBay are FRS types. GMRS radios require licensing from the Federal Communication Commission. As more advanced units, they typically have ranges of at least 5 miles and have at least 15 channels.
  • Kid products versus adult units: Walkie-talkies for kids are usually made out of a lightweight plastic. They can come in all sorts of colors and have various designs on them, and they're likely powered by AA or AAA batteries for easy replacement. Adult walkie-talkies may be heavier and larger than child versions. While some could use AA or AAA batteries, they could also be powered by rechargeable batteries.
  • VHF versus UHF: VHF stands for Very High Frequency, and these two-way radios operate between 126 and 174 MHz. This level is ideal for long distances when there are no buildings or large hills interfering with the signal; trees and leaves are typically not an issue. UHF stands for Ultra High Frequency, and UHF radios operate at 400 to 512 MHz. UHF radios can send signals through building walls, making them suitable for urban environments.
Some features of walkie-talkies

Many features can be included on new and used eBay two-way radios and walkie-talkies to make them more convenient to use. Look for:

  • LCD screen: An advanced walkie-talkie may have an illuminated screen that shows the time, battery life, and the compass reading.
  • Hands-free ability: If you anticipate being on the move, consider getting a unit that allows you to plug in a microphone or headset.
  • Weather reports: For those who spend a lot of time in the elements, having access to weather channels can be important.
  • Talk confirmation: With a signal that lets you know when a transmissions begins and ends, you'll know when it's your turn to respond.
Are they waterproof?

There are some products that are specifically designed to be waterproof. Waterproof walkie-talkies for sale include those made by:

  • Retevis
  • Motorola
  • Midland
  • Garmin
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