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Has anyone tried the KG 1000M yet?


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48 minutes ago, WRUU653 said:

I personally have not. I’m sure it’s a good radio but it’s a lot to pay for only five channels maxed at 2 watts tx. I imagine it’s the same as the KG 1000G for rx. I wouldn’t say no if it was given to me though 😉

Ditto, I'd be happy to try them out if they wanted to ship me a couple MURS radios to test, but the reality is I have no real need that they (or MURS in general) meet that isn't already met with other gear I have 🤷‍♂️

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I agree with the others.  A mobile MURS radio doesn't do anything that a good MURS handheld won't do.

  1. Either can be connected to the same external antennas,
  2. With a handheld all the controls are in your hand, a feature folks are willing to pay extra for in a mobile radio it would appear,
  3. It's possible that the KG1000M has a better receiver than an inexpensive MURS radio, but probably not much different than a decent handheld,
  4. 2 watts is 2 watts, regardless of form-factor,
  5. 5 channels is 5 channels, regardless of form-factor,
  6. If you just want a microphone in your hand, there are ones that plug into the handhelds.

It's like they asked "What's a problem nobody has, so we can solve it?"

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2 minutes ago, Sshannon said:

I agree with the others.  A mobile MURS radio doesn't do anything that a good MURS handheld won't do.

  1. Either can be connected to the same external antennas,
  2. With a handheld all the controls are in your hand, a feature folks are willing to pay extra for in a mobile radio it would appear,
  3. It's possible that the KG1000M has a better receiver than an inexpensive MURS radio, but probably not much different than a decent handheld,
  4. 2 watts is 2 watts, regardless of form-factor,
  5. 5 channels is 5 channels, regardless of form-factor,
  6. If you just want a microphone in your hand, there are ones that plug into the handhelds.

It's like they asked "What's a problem nobody has, so we can solve it?"

Maybe they're hoping to sell some to walmart drivers? Walmart is known for being a big user of MURS, and in many states a hard mounted radio with hand mic is exempted from hands-free communications device laws....not that you can't achieve this with a portable and hand mic, though.

I don't think it's a big change to the firmware between this and the GMRS version... both similarly locked down, just a different range and power level for tx.  Being based on the uv920/980 means they already cover both bands anyway.

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I'll take a solid pass. Way, way to much money, even though I'm positive it's a great radio.

 

I used a pair of ICOM MURS handhelds and couldn't get 1 full statute mile out of them. Measured output was 1.2w on high. I sent my son the the school parking lot and he went out of range before he got there.  Just for grins, I called out to him with my bullhorn and he could hear that. Could make out what I was saying, but he heard it, which was better than the radios. 

 

So, while you're mileage may vary, it's a whole lotta nope for me.

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On 2/3/2023 at 3:27 PM, marcspaz said:

I used a pair of Icom MURS handhelds and couldn't get 1 full statute mile out of them. Measured output was 1.2w on high. I sent my son to the school parking lot and he went out of range before he got there. Just for grins, I called out to him with my bullhorn and he could hear that. Could make out what I was saying, but he heard it, which was better than the radios.

Between your experience & what I've read about the new IC-T10 h-t [everyone likes it, but thinks that it's overpriced], I'm starting to reconsider my wish that Icom would get back into GMRS equipment

Last month I was lucky enough to pick up a used F21GM for $49.00, I just have to source an aftermarket battery for it, new Icom batteries cost more than I paid for the h-t

I apologize for derailing the MURS topic

73 to all

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On 2/3/2023 at 3:26 PM, wayoverthere said:

Maybe they're hoping to sell some to Wal-Mart drivers? Wal-Mart is known for being a big user of MURS

Most store ops are on MURS, they used to have Ritron h-t's, now they use Motorola configured exclusively for them

I don't know what radios the drivers use, or if all of them have one, but usually it's so they can back up to the dock & say "management, Wal-Mart driver is at grocery receiving" since the stores are so busy & short-staffed, either no one answers the phone or there's no one in receiving to hear the truck arrive

If it's on the drivers nickel, I doubt that they're going to spring for a MURS mobile, antenna & install

73 to everyone

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