Walkie Talkie Headset
Walkie Talkie Headset helps me and my family keep in touch. We might not be far from each other (just a couple of miles separating us) so it has become some tradition for us to own walkie-talkie headsets for the simple reason that they are quite easy to use and they also feature different functions from a mobile phone. When our old radios died, I knew I had to look for a good replacement.
Thankfully and luckily, Uniden still makes excellent two-way radios. I purchased the GMR1235-2 GMRS Walkie-Talkie Headset to replace the old ones we used. Before I can hand down my verdict about the product though, I have to talk to you about some of its features to justify my judgment.
Regarding looks, I find this to quite handy and pretty functional, too. Its compact version is just as big as a clamshell phone sans the antenna, and since it is quite lightweight, it makes for rather a portable device. Sporting a black form factor, it maintains its good looks even if goes through a lot of abuse out in the wild. The dark shade easily masks any scratches it might incur. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also features intuitive navigation buttons for faster scanning and easier use.
If you are like me that enjoy clipping radios on your belt, you are in luck with this set. All its radios come with belt clips to make it even easier to carry around sans the feeling of carrying around something bulky.
Of course, its most important feature is the two-way radio itself that allows members of the family to keep in touch even from a certain distance.
Uniden Walkie Talkie Headset is powered by three AAA batteries, of which six are part of the product when you purchase it. You will get up to 20 hours out of those batteries, which assures you that it won’t drain quickly or you won’t experience any sudden power outages. You can check how much juice you have left on the radio simply by checking the display, pretty much like a mobile phone. To be sure, always carry spare batteries with you.
Now, when it comes to the devices scanning and audio capabilities, it must be emphasized immediately that the GMR1235-2 is a dedicated two-way headset and not a scanner per se. But yes, it can scan up to 22 channels—with 15 general mobile radio service (GMRS) channels and seven family radio service (FRS) channels. There is a wide range you can choose from to use for your family’s channel, select those frequencies that have the least amount of users on it.
With the channel scan feature, you can listen to every channel you have on your radio to keep you in the loop with what is happening in your area. There is a two-second delay with this device, and it only changes channels once there is only silence on a scanned frequency for about two seconds.
You get a maximum range of up to 12 miles with this Walkie Talkie Headset, and that still depends on the environment you find yourself in. Expect it to be shorter in urban locations since there is going to be a lot of interruptions, obstacles, and other hindrances that can impede signal strength of your two-way radio.
You get a lot of other pretty nifty and useful features with this walkie-talkie as well. It has a key lock, which as its name suggests keeps the device from suddenly changing frequencies and channels on the radio. Its push-to-talk (PTT) button is easy to use as well. This is quite possibly the easiest way to contact whoever is tuned into your frequency.
If you want to make sure the other person on the line gets your message, a roger beep will make a sound to let you know. You save battery life with the automatic power save mode since the device transfers to this mode after two seconds without any transmission or incoming calls. But you don’t have to worry about not receiving calls if you activate this mode, you still will be able to. I can say this has been created to optimize your radio scanning and use so you can get the most out of it.
So, what’s my verdict? Well, I have to say that this is the most useful two-way mobile radio our family has ever used. It’s not only very user-friendly; it also has a really clear reception. It hasn’t let us down so far. I do have to mention that I have an issue with its battery life because even if you put it on “power saver” mode, it doesn’t seem to be saving as much power as it advertises. We need to charge the unit every three hours or so of heavy use. While there are cheap batteries out there, there is a certain inconvenience to this.
I do think this Walkie Talkie Headset by Uniden is a good model though. It not only gets great reception but it offers a great feature set, too. It is ideal for personal or family use. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a good two-way mobile radio that has a few extra features thrown in – but you have to be ready with tons of extra batteries.