You might know Motorola as the eccentric phone maker. They also manufacture the MS355R two-way radio. These radios are rugged and waterproof, making them an ideal choice for the average outdoorsmen and woman.
In this review, we’ll explore why the MS355R should be on your list of gadgets for your next adventure.
There’s nothing too outlandish about the MS355R’s design. It’s not too bulky and fits in the palm of your hand. There are buttons on the front and the side to help out no matter where the radio is positioned on your body.
One thing we really like is the headset jack. Motorola has designed earphones specifically for this radio that have a built-in microphone. With the earphones connected, you can keep the MS355R dry and still operate it hands-free. Furthermore, the earphones are included with your purchase of the MS355R.
That 35-mile range is what entices many people to purchase the MS355R. When approaching that 35-mile limit, the MS355R works in tangent with repeater stations that might be in the area to boost the radio’s signal. However, you will need a unique GMRS license and a repeater station in order to utilize this function. Repeater stations aren’t common in every park or area of the wilderness, so make sure you check before you embark on a trip with this radio.
The MS355R comes equipped with 11 weather channels, 7 of which are connected to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association). Eleven channels diversify your ability to accurately predict the weather and plan your journey around rain, snow, or high winds.
Don’t think that the MS355R is limited to just backpacking or hiking trips. If you to take it out on the open water, the signal is good for up to six miles. Since its easier to close distance in the water with kayaks and boats, staying within that six-mile circumference should be easier.
The big advantage that the MS355R has over radios is its waterproof rating of IP-67. This means it can withstand submersion for up to a minute and half and repel heavy rain. You should do everything in your power to keep it out of water but still keep it within arms reach.
We like that the MS355R is small and to the point. There’s no extra bells and whistles that might raise the price or add to its weight. The belt clips that come with the radios mean you can place them wherever is convenient for you.
Despite the MS355R impressive abilities for the price, it’s not without its criticisms. Most complaints have to do with inconsistency with the MS355R’s range, which is pretty common among most two-way radios. For the best quality voice transmission, you’ll want to stay below half the maximum range and stand at the highest altitude with little terrain between you and the approximate position of the accompanying radio. While the quality of voice transmission is absolutely critical, you shouldn’t expect to get crystal clear reception at the bottom of a valley or ravine.
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