Boating enthusiasts and folks who like to fish get a lot of use out of their two-way radios while out in the boat. Shouting across the water to your boating friends in their boat, just doesn't cut it. When you want to show off and say, "Hey watch this!" or inquire if the fishing tackle store had any good bait this morning, nothing gets the job done louder and clearer than walkie-talkies for boating.
The premier brand for two-way radio communication, Motorola, offers a diverse array of two-way radios for boating enthusiasts. Among the most affordable for personal use are the Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies. Talkabout series radios are super easy to use and their made for people who love to be outside. Both the MH230R and the MJ270R Motorola Talkabout radios feature 11 weather channels that provide up-to-the-minute information on local weather conditions to help keep you safe when you're out boating. 7 of those weather channels broadcast directly from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A large part of NOAA's mission is to provide safety and stormfront information for boating enthusiasts and those out in US coastal waters. With a Motorola Talkabout you'll never get caught out in the rain, unless you want to be!
Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies get great range, also. In good conditions, they can reach as far as two miles. On a flat surface, like the surface of the water surrounding your boat, your walkie-talkies might reach even further. (Some site will give higher estimates for the same radios, but those are really under optimal testing conditions and don't reflect practical use case scenarios - at Techwholesale.com we give it to you straight!)
Though the Motorola Talkabout two-way radios work on the Family Radio Service and General Mobile Radio Service uncoordinated public use bands, you shouldn't have to worry too much about finding a chatterfree channel. Each Motorola Talkabout Radio gives you 22 possible channels with 121 interference elimination codes which adds up to 2,662 possibilities to talk without interruption from other two-way radio users nearby. The Talkabout's Quiet Talk feature also filters out all non-Motorola radios, for even less chance of interference from others in the area.
For more heavy duty recreational boating buffs or boating business users, we recommend one of the VHF walkie-talkies in Motorola's RDX series handheld radios
. The RDV2020
is the 2-watt 2-way radio from Motorola's VHF RDX series business radios. The VHF two-way radio frequency band is the band of choice for most long range marine communications. VHF sound waves are longer and stay closer to the surface of the earth, so they can travel for great distances across flat surfaces like water. The RDV 2020 packs quite a punch! Built for the business radio user, it can take a beating. Motorola made the RDV2020 from a tough polycarbonate outer shell that houses a die-cast chassis. The RDV 2020 meets military standards 810 c, d, e, f and is rated IP 54/55 for jets of water. Should you be out on your boat in extreme temperature conditions or incur moisture, salt, fog, dust, shock or vibrations, your Motorola RDV2020 can handle the pressure. The RDV 2020 operates on the BRS, business exclusive two-way radio frequencies, so you'll need to get an FCC license to use it.
If you want a walkie-talkie with two-way radio frequencies that you don't need a license to use, then you should consider the FRS/GMRS Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies
. When using the Family Radio Service (FRS) two-way radio frequencies, you're not required to have an FCC license
. If you want to use the GMRS side of the Motorola Talkabout radios
, you are required to get a license from the FCC, but it's a fairly easy process. GMRS licensing requires no frequency coordination like BRS can and is pretty much a matter of filling out the paperwork and paying the fee. Once you've gotten your license, the FCC considers other members of your immediate family to be included as licensed users under your license.
Need some help sorting out which radio will work best for your boating needs? Why not ask our expert customer service folks via email or telephone. We're always here to help you make the right choice!