Talkabout Distance DPS


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Talkabout Distance DPS
Manufacturer Motorola
Page By Chucky
Page Type Jul 31, 2002 / Jul 31, 2002
Object ID 433
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Everybody can stay in touch, even when they're up to 5 miles apart (01) - instantly, with the push of a button. The Distance DPS uses a rechargeable NiCd battery or 6 AA batteries. A GMRS license, issued by the FCC, is required for use of this radio. No monthly fees or service contracts required.(02)

Quick User Guide

11.1 ounces with battery

8.75"H x 2.5"W x 1.25"D (5.25" without antenna)

Up to 5 miles range with approximately

2 watts of power (01)

Requires FCC License

Uses rechargeable NiCd battery

Detailed Features

One Talkabout® Distance DPSRadio

One NiCd Rechargeable Battery

Removeable Antenna

2.5" Spring Action Belt Clip

10 hour Charger

User Manual

One Year Limited Warranty

Highlighted Features

Operates on 10 UHF FRS/GMRS Frequencies

38 Interference Eliminator Codes

12.5/25.0 KHz Bandwidth Selectable

Factory-Installed Drop-In Charger Contacts

Weight: 11.1 ounces

Talk Time Features

Battery Life - Up to 8 hours (when used for 5% transmit, 5% receive, and 90% standby)


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Chucky - Jul 31, 2002 10:09 am - Voted 5/5

Untitled Review
I purchased a Motorola Talkabout Dual Power Source (DPS) General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radio for extremely rugged outdoor use. Do not confuse this with the Talkabout Distance which only uses a rechargeable battery. The DPS version has proven very reliable in the most trying situations. Because it can use AA batteries, you can stay in the mountains a LONG time with it, versus rechargeable NiCAD batteries. Also, since it has NO Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), you can use it in brutal cold and know what channel and codes you are using. Although like any Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio, it is very "line of sight," but it "punches through" vegetation well, and surprisingly well along ridges, hill tops, and even a limited degree in draws. It has been dropped on rocks countless times and still works great, though appearance wise it is heavily scared and worn. It's only down falls are (1) is quite large (but that makes it easy to use with gloves on), and (2) channel changing can happen when you are not aware since there is no guard for the channel selector knob, and (3) getting a license from the FCC is a Royal pain in the rump. I have not seen it for sale in nearly a year as of July 2002. When you have to have communications in harsh cold conditions, this is a great radio for a 5 mile range (use lithium AA batteries in the brutal cold instead of alkaline batteries for longer service). You can see a side view of the radio in use on Mount Whitney, in January 2001 if you check out my trip report.

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