The communications devices available today for RVers are quite impressive compared to when I started Rving and writing for RV magazines more than 20 years ago. Talking to magazine editors meant standing in a phone booth (remember them?) and pumping in quarters until we finished our business.
Then cell phones became common and life for RVers, and especially for us mobile writers, became easier – as long as we were within cell range, which in the earlier days meant being in metropolitan areas. But try that in a forest service campground or out in the far reaches of the Mojave Desert. Nope. No signal. But cell phone use spread as cell towers proliferated and cell phones became mini-computers that also had phone call capability – and they became much more expensive.
I think twice about taking my iPhone with me when I go kayaking or mountain biking, and seldom take it out to take a picture when it is raining – or even misting – as they aren’t waterproof. And though cell towers are more common and cover broader areas there are still areas that do not have coverage, like when boondocking, hiking, or just far from urban centers.
So for those times and places, Mortorola’s Talkabout® Two-way Radios (Walkie-Talkies) are a wise solution. Leave your expensive cell phone in a safe and dry place and let the Talkabout® do the dirty work. Motorola’s Talkabout® MS350 is by no means a fair weather radio. It is a high performance, ultra durable waterproof radio that’s right for the extreme outdoors and packed with every possible radio feature.
You can use it in the heaviest downpour, or drop it in the lake – it floats, and with it’s bright yellow face is easy to spot. It has a built-in LED flashlight, NOAA weather channels, and you can connect it to your wireless Bluetooth headset for hands-free operating. It also features enhanced audio clarity, up to a 35-mile sight-to-sight range, and long battery life capabilities, making it a powerful communication device for serious outdoor RV enthusiasts.
Useful for hunters, hikers, paddle-boaters, and general all around communications in remote campgrounds and boondocking locations – as well as a perfect tool for communicating when backing large RVs into tight campground spaces.
Key MS350R Features:
• Bluetooth compatible
• 22 Channels each with 121 privacy codes for 2,662 combinations for clear, uninterrupted connections
• Weatherproof (IP-54 rating), for protection against dust and wet conditions
• Extended life batteries, two (included) NiMH rechargeable 1300 mAh battery packs offer users double the talk time
• SC filter + 1 Watt Class D amplifier, offers improved audio performance for excellent clarity
• Soft rubber overmold, allows for an easier grip and extended outdoor durability
• Emergency alert button, when activated, the radio transmits an alert siren followed by transmission of spoken sounds to warn of impending danger
• Built-in LED flashlight, for emergency lighting or reading a map
• Dual watch receiver, simultaneously monitors activity on two channels
• PTT Power Boost, when activated allows users to extend transmission range by increasing power output while saving battery life when no power boost is necessary
• VibraCall™ silent vibrating ringer
• Mini-USB charging port with fast charge capabilities
• Audio accessory jack
• Advanced priority scan
• Seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration channels, providing uses weather alerts with warnings of incoming storms and weather conditions and continuous local and regional weather weather updates 1
• iVOX/VOX for speech-activated, hands-free communication
• QT (Quiet Talk) interruption filter, which helps to ensure private communication
• 20 call tones
The MS350R includes:
• 2 radios
• 2 belt clips
• 1 dual drop-in charger
• 1 charging adaptor
• 2 NiMH rechargeable battery packs
• 1 Emergency Preparedness checklist sheet
• 1 User’s Guide