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Robert
03-17-1998, 01:48 PM
Thanks to Vince, Stan and whoever else was involved. I'll follow this up with a hands on review later today (I got two of them)

Alan
03-17-1998, 01:54 PM
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Chris B
03-17-1998, 03:07 PM
<i>: Thanks to Vince, Stan and whoever else was involved. I'll follow this up with a hands on review later today (I got two of them)<p></i>

Vince
03-17-1998, 05:40 PM
<i>: Thanks to Vince, Stan and whoever else was involved. I'll follow this up with a hands on review later today (I got two of them)<p></i>

Stan
03-17-1998, 05:59 PM
All the orders from the first batch were shipped last Wednesday. Only got one order out from the second batch before I needed to restock. Everything is here now, and all the remaining orders will be shipped UPS tomorrow. Everyone will get all the accessories they wanted, so no one will be disappointed. Boy, are my hands tired from packing this stuff! Thanks to all for the orders...I hope everything works out great... and to Vince for organizing the whole thing.<br>Stan<br>'97 2.8, Silver/Black, 17", HK

Robert
03-17-1998, 06:05 PM
Easy to use, and smaller than I had imagined they would be (fit nicely into the center storage area). With my wife using one TalkAbout in the upstairs bedroom and me in my car, the sound clarity was acceptable. At first we said "what" alot but soon discovered that you need to press th button then wait a second before you speek.<p>I drove around the neighborhood and we were able to communicate without saying "what". Then I left the neighborhood, at about a half mile away the sound started gettting scratchy but we could still understand what the other way saying. At about 3/4 mile you could pick out words but not the entire sentence. At 1 mile the transmission didn't even register (not even static).<p>I imagine the range will be much better when its a car to car transmission with nothing really in between. I'll try and talk a friend into a car to car test tonight.

Vince
03-17-1998, 06:21 PM
<font color=gray>: Easy to use, and smaller than I had imagined they would be (fit nicely into the center storage area). With my wife using one TalkAbout in the upstairs bedroom and me in my car, the sound clarity was acceptable. At first we said "what" alot but soon discovered that you need to press th button then wait a second before you speek.</font><p>You've just discovered the reason why 10 codes (lik 10-4) have a 10 in them. It's not cuz there are 9 codes and 11 codes, but instead it's to keep you from putting anything important out of your mouth before the broadcasting is engaged. You'll find this 'problem' to exist with pretty much ALL PTT devices and more so with VOX devices. You'll find the habit becomes second nature quickly.<p><font color=gray>: I drove around the neighborhood and we were able to communicate without saying "what". Then I left the neighborhood, at about a half mile away the sound started gettting scratchy but we could still understand what the other way saying. At about 3/4 mile you could pick out words but not the entire sentence. At 1 mile the transmission didn't even register (not even static).<p>: I imagine the range will be much better when its a car to car transmission with nothing really in between. I'll try and talk a friend into a car to car test tonight.</font><p>Let us know your results. Neighborhoods tend to be lower range areas for these kind of devices due to the obsticles and electrical fields. You might also play with various channels. I don't know if it makes a difference though...<p>-Vince<br><a href="http://www.ddg.com/vparsons/z3/"><IMG SRC="http://www.ddg.com/vparsons/z3/images/lilZ.gif" WIDTH=46 HEIGHT=16 BORDER=0 ALIGN=top><FONT SIZE="+1"><B>'97 1.9 Silver/Black/Gray</B></FONT></a><p><a href="http://www.ddg.com/z3texas/"><IMG SRC="http://www.ddg.com/z3texas/images/texaslogosmall.jpg" WIDTH=96 HEIGHT=90 BORDER=0 ALIGN=middle><FONT SIZE="+2"><B>&nbsp;Z3 Texas</B></FONT></a><br>

chris b
03-17-1998, 10:24 PM
<br>: : Thanks to Vince, Stan and whoever else was involved. I'll follow this up with a hands on review later today (I got two of them)<p>

Stan
03-18-1998, 08:06 AM
The FRS is in the 462 MHz frequency band. This is UHF and the signals will behave very differently than the VHF or HF frequencies. At UHF frequencies, signals are absorbed by any solid object...they will not reflect or "bounce." This means that they are very terrain sensitive. Over flat, open areas, the Motorolas will carry over 2 miles with good clarity, however if anything is in the way to absorb the signal, the range can drop to as little as a quarter mile. Also, these are FM units. FM provides better clarity than AM or SSB, but FM receivers have a built in "squelch" circuit which will mute the signal if it drops below a preset level. That's why you will hear a weak signal "drop" suddenly, rather than fade. Because UHF signals tend to be "line of sight", the FRS will not be plagued by the constant interference and "skip" that made the CB service (which this is intended to replace) so frustrating to use. If I can help with any other questions, please feel free to ask.<br>Stan


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