GMRS Radios that Work with BeCERTAINN Repeater
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GMRS Radios that Work with the BeCERTAINN Repeater
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Manufacturer and ModelAdvantagesDisadvantagesGMRS / Part 95 CertifiedIn Production / Available newForm FactorCost, sourceNotesProduct DescriptionOperating Instructions from the ManufacturerInstructions for Using the Radio with the BeCERTAINN RepeaterTested by [name, email address, location from which it connected to the repeater, date connected]May people contact you for help with this radio?
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Motorola Radius P1225 provided by BeCERTAINNVery easy to use; good for radio beginners. Can reach the repeater with excellent sound quality from most areas of Berkeley. Rugged, designed for professional use. Long battery life. Has an excellent detachable antenna; can be used with an external antenna to further improve coverage.No longer produced. To ensure that it works with the BeCERTAINN repeater, it must be programmed by someone from BeCERTAINN. Relatively heavy and bulky. Not waterproof. Battery charging may be very slow with the standard "10 hour" charger (requires up to 10 hours to fully recharge a completely discharged battery). Standard battery charger is not "smart": leaving the radio in the charger after the battery is fully charged may overheat the battery and damage it.TRUEFALSEwalkie-talkie$60-80 donation to BeCERTAINN requestedhttps://fccid.io/ABZ99FT4073/User-Manual/Ex-6-Instruction-Manual-234909Mitchell Gass, mitchlists@gassworks.com, 1700 block of San Lorenzo Ave., 3/6/18Contact BeCERTAINN@gmail.com
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Motorola Talkabout MS350R (and MS355R, MR355R)Higher-end of the consumer walkie-talkie style GMRS/FRS radios. One of the few in this category that includes repeater capabilities. Relatively easy to use and set up via push-button menu. Pretty rugged and "waterproof". I have the MS350R, though the MR355R & MS355R models should be similar, and incluide repeater capabilities. Poor performance built-in antenna, with no way to replace or connect alternate antenna. Original rechargeable batteries tend to drain fast and provide lower voltage power, so Alkaline or Lithium AA's recommended. Has dual PTT buttons for low/high power, so potentially confusing to newcomers. Only high power PTT reaches repeater from my location. Discontinued model, so high/rising prices on both used and new old stock. Looks like none of Motorola's current consumer GMRS models have repeater capabilities. TRUEdiscontinued
still available new for now
walkie-talkieDiscontinued by manufacturer. Found online recently (March 2018): Used $65 per pair (eBay), and New Old Stock $185 per pair (Amazon).https://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_us/products/two-way-radios/consumer-two-way-radios/discontinued/talkabout-ms350r.htmlhttps://www.motorolasolutions.com/content/dam/msi/docs/business/products/consumertwo-wayradios/talkabout_ms350r/ms350_series_ug_kem-ml36100-15_web_04-11-11.pdfhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1G3boDt_NpVhFfuxoouKDNxL-9cl-he4a56tMc_CLlv0/Chris Adams,
csadams@gmail.com,
Valley St @ Channing,
2018-03-13.
Yes
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Tera TR-505 GMRS Recreational Nice simple radio - not intimidating for newbies - dualband, supports MURS. The free programming software is easy. Several useful accessories are available. Removable antenna. FCC type accepted.Stock programming doesn't include repeater, only two side buttons but they are programmable. Only 16 memory channels on knob.TRUETRUEwalkie-talkiehttps://powerwerx.com/tera-tr505-gmrs-recreational-handheld-radiohttps://powerwerx.com/tera-tr505-gmrs-recreational-handheld-radioMartin Rothfield
dcmk1mr2@gmail.com
Cedar St & Scenic Avenue
Yes
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BTech GMRS-V1Simple GMRS-approved HT based on the same hardware as the ham-friendly Baofeng UV-82. It's cheap and you can get it new. You only need to change one menu setting to get it on the BeCERTAINN repeater and no computer is required. Also, you can listen to commercial FM on it.Battery charger isn't "smart" -- you need to take it off the charger when done.TRUETRUEwalkie-talkie$55, AmazonThis radio is literally the same as the $20 cheaper Baofung UV-82. The only difference is you are paying $20 extra for the GMRS certification and to have the rest of the radio's capabilities kneecapped accordingly.https://www.amazon.com/BTECH-GMRS-V1-Repeater-136-174-99mhz-400-520-99mhz/dp/B01LWOLZ8LYou can just take the REPT22 channel and adjust it to put out the 88.5 TX CTCSS and you're in business.David Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block and from LBNL
5/3/2018
Yes
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Midland MXT400 MicroMobileVery High Power (40 Watt) GMRS Radio with repeater capabilities, mobile format. PL/Privacy tones can only be set with the same tone for both TX & RX, so won't quite work with the BeCERTAINN repeater. Workaround is to TX with the tone, and then RX with the squelch open. Not recommended b/c of this. Keep an eye on it, since Midland may update the radio to include separate tones. TRUETRUEmobile (car mount or base station, requires external power source & antenna)$250 (Amazon, Cabela's)
$199 (B&H Photo Video)
https://midlandusa.com/product/mxt400-micromobile-2-way-radio/Not tested on BeCERTAINN Repeater. Compatibility expected based on detailed reading of specs, except for lack of separate PL tones for TX & RX.
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Midland MXT115 MicroMobileHigh Power (15 Watt) GMRS Radio with repeater capabilities, mobile format. TRUETRUEmobile (car mount or base station, requires external power source & antenna)$150 (Amazon, Cabela's)https://midlandusa.com/product/mxt115-micromobile-2-way-radio/Not tested on BeCERTAINN Repeater. Compatibility expected based on detailed reading of specs.
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Motorola T7200Simple consumer style GMRS radio, repeater capable. Discontinued model. Not personally tested. TRUEFALSEwalkie-talkieDiscontinued by manufacturer. https://www.motorolasolutions.com/content/dam/msi/docs/products/two-way-radios/consumer/user-guides/t7xxx-series/t7200_user_manual_e.pdfNot tested on BeCERTAINN Repeater. Compatibility expected based on detailed reading of specs.
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Baofeng BF-F9 v2+Common ham radio which can access GMRS frequenciesNotoriously difficult to program, not certified by FCC for GMRS use, generally not friendly for new radio usersFALSETRUEwalkie-talkie$48 (Amazon) http://a.co/7vwbLoz https://baofengradio.us/fileuploader/download/download/?d=0&file=custom%2Fupload%2FFile-1423083989.pdfBrian DeFreitas
briandef@gmail.com
Cedar/MLK
2018-03-13
Yes
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Baofeng UV-5RECheap ham radio which will work on GMRS frequencies. Requires programming, not very powerful but worksNotoriously difficult to program, not certified by FCC for GMRS use, generally not friendly for new radio usersFALSETRUEwalkie-talkie$26 on Amazonhttps://baofengtech.com/uv-5r
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Radioddity GD-77Cheap dual-band DMR handy-talkie (though works fine on analog).Programming software is pretty clunky. Cannot be programmed from the front radio at all -- computer required. Not for beginners, not FCC certified for GMRS. Antenna is comes with ain't great but does make the repeater.FALSETRUEwalkie-talkie$90 on AmazonUsers might be interested in its sister model, the GD-77S. It has no screen or controls, but is otherwise the same radio as the GD-77. That is, once programmed it is pretty much just PTT with no fussing.https://www.radioddity.com/radioddity-gd-77-dmr-dual-band-digital-two-way-radio-dual-time-slot-compatible-with-mototrbo-tier-1-tier-2-with-programming-cable-cd-extra-battery.htmlDave Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block, LBNL campus, other spots around town
multiple times through 2017-18.
Yes
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Anytone AT-D868UVMid-level dual band DMR hand-talkie. Really a nice radio overall. Works fine on analog (for BeCERTAINN and ham repeaters). Really of interest for hams who want a do-all HTProgramming software is pretty clunky. Cannot be programmed from the front radio at all -- computer required. Not for beginners, not FCC certified for GMRS. Antenna is comes with ain't great but does make the repeater.FALSETRUEwalkie-talkie~$150 from BridgeCom Systems or Connect Systemhttp://www.connectsystems.com/products/top/radios%20DS868UV.htmDave Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block, LBNL campus, other spots around town
multiple times through 2017-18.
Yes
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TYT UV8000ENice, robust, brick-like HT with 8W power output and big battery. This is a solid radio that I like a lot.Not certifed for GMRS.FALSETRUEwalkie-talkie$90, Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/TYT-Cross-band-Repeater-400-520MHz-Transceiver/dp/B01H3KZ1YODave Jacobowitz, david.jacobowitz@gmail.com, tested from Ward St 1600 block, from LBL campus, and other spots around town. Tested multiple times through 2017-18.Yes
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TYT TH-9800Powerful, does-everything mobile amateur radio. Can do 40W into UHF for BeCertainn repeater. Very flexible muti-band radio with some cool tricks like cross-band repeat capability. Faceplate is removable so that radio body can be mounted in trunk and only controls in the vehicle.Not certifed for GMRS. Programming is a bit tricky from front panel but possible, and sofware is straightforward.FALSETRUEmobile (car mount or base station, requires external power source & antenna)$214, AmazonI use this radio daily in my car for ham use. It also works very well into BeCERTAINN repeater.https://www.amazon.com/TYT-TH-9800-Cross-Band-Mobile-Radio/dp/B00I53VUEYDave Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block, LBNL campus, other spots around town
multiple times through 2017-18.
Yes
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Yaesu VX-8DRHigh qaulity 4-band handheld with lots of advanced features for ham/amateur radio operators. Full 5W output, antenna connector, etc. Not certified for GMRS. Requires minor modification to open up transmit to GMRS frequencies. Legal to transmit on GMRS frequencies by a licensed ham operator in an emergency situation. Also, very pricey, not worth it for only GMRS. FALSEFALSEwalkie-talkieWas ~$540, recently discontinued. A few available used on eBay, recent prices $250-$450 depending on condition & accessories. https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=03484E782FF9B7DFA27AEE086A68F530https://www.yaesu.com/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=8033&FileCatID=151&FileName=VX%2D8DR%5FDE%5FOM%5FUSA%5FEXP%5FEU%5FENG%5FEH029M259.pdf&FileContentType=application%2FpdfChris Adams
csadams@gmail.com
Valley Street @ Channing
2018-05-08
Yes
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Wouxun KG-UVD1Pflexible radio, works on ham 2m/70cm as well as GMRSNot certified for GMRS.FALSETRUEwalkie-talkie$105 Amazon, other sourcehttps://www.amazon.com/KG-UVD1P-136-174-400-470MHz-Handheld-Transceiver/dp/B007UYINY4
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