Need some help from you good folks here.
First, yes, I have my GMRS License as do my friends and other family BUT I know next to nothing about radios.
USE: Moved away from CB Radio and want to upgrade my GMRS equipment for better performance and distance – HOPEFULLY.
We use GMRS in our Vehicles, Home, Boats and Handhelds. Using PRIMARILY for family communications.
Vehicles: usually never more than 30 miles, normally 10 to 15 miles. Daily travel and 4X4ing.
Homes/Base Stations: average 10 miles.
Boats: Using handheld units to talk with vehicles other boats and family camping and hanging out on islands sunbathing while we are out fishing.
Handheld Units: used to communicate while walking, camping, boating and when visiting theme parks etc.
Would like radios and antenna’s that could do this directly without use of a repeater but also be able to use the repeater as well.
This all started as a result of needing something easy and not requiring testing for every user (like HAM) but something hopefully better than CB without those inherent issues and problems.
Purchased the Midland MXT 400 it has worked OK for short distance stuff (probably because I only have one 40 watt radio). I do have potential access to 2 repeaters in my area but they are wide band repeaters not narrow so the MXT 400 won’t work with them.
SO, I would like to slowly build our GMRS radios with QUALITY equipment that can operate as far as possible by themselves and eventually and if needed access the local repeaters as well.
I will want to set up a Base Station at my house and one for my folks at their house (my buddies can do their own but also looking for suggestions). I have three vehicles I would like to install radios in as well.
For the Base Station I also want a high-quality antenna (one will go on a 40’ tower and one on a 30’ pushup pole.) and want to use quality coax but not sure if these can use the coax I have for the CB Base station. Presently running RG400 and LMR400.)
I want to use through roof solid installs or permanent NMO mount antennas. Someone told me to use one or a type that started with an L – something like LUND, LAIRD, LARSEN or something said they worked great on their county and police vehicles.
So here is my -
Present GMRS capable equipment:
· Midland MXT 400
· Cobra MR HH450 DUAL – GMRS, MARINE, WEATHER
· Standard Horizon HX471S – FRS, Marine, MURS, FM, AM, AIR, MARINE
· Midland GXT1000
· 4’ Base Antenna
· Mag Mount Mobile Antenna
But am wanting to purchase (QULAITY GMRS equipment) and need recommendations for:
· GMRS Mobile Radio (for vehicles) – I think 50 watts is max and, well, why not.
· Mobile Antenna (permanent NMO mount)
· GMRS Base Radio (can use a mobile with power supply) - I think 50 watts is max and, well, why not.
· GMRS Base Antenna
· COAX for Base Antenna
Think for starting out I would like to keep radios around the $200 to $400 range per radio.
Willing to spend what it takes for a good base antenna.
Mobile antenna’s not even sure of my options.
So SUGGESTIONS ???