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I just spent a week in Revy with a group of guys who all used shoulder mic/speaker radios and it was awesome. I now want to get a set of these for my own use.

I see a lot of recommendations for the Baofeng radios, but what shoulder mics is everyone using? I don't want helmet stuff, shoulder is perfect.

Going riding with my kids soon and would love to be able to talk to them during the ride to warn them of obstacles or tell them to put a move on it

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They have 2 different styles that I've tried, both work fine but I prefer the one with the plastic clip on the back and the LED in bottom right corner of speaker.

This should be it:

http://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/331695122117
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Is that waterproof? Seems very inexpensive.....
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I've got about 6-8 days on each type they make, the other one doesn't clip as well, and the PTT button is a little finicky, but the one I posted works like new still.
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Thanks. Any issues with the newer radios and keypads being hit while riding? That's one of my concerns when trying to decide which radio to buy....

Which radio do you recommend? I was looking at the UV82 and UV5F and even considered the 888s due to their price point.
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So I started with 2 888s to try since they were super cheap and they work fine, very simple (on/off/volume knob, and 16 channels to choose from), good backups/spares for buddies, but you'll need to order the programming cable if you want to change the default frequencies (which you'll need to do to connect to other brand radios) but they're cheap and it's easy to do.

Since they worked so well, I ordered a UV82 for my main radio cuz it's programmable by itself, and has 128 channels. It is very nice and uses the same progrming cable so it's easy to set up. I have all the frs/gmrs channels, murs channels, NOAA weather, SAR, and the default baofeng frequencies (in case someone has a non-programmed radio) in the radio now. It also has a keypad lock you can turn on, or set to turn on automatically so that shouldn't be an issue.

Overall I'm very happy with them, I have 3 radios with mics, and the programming cable for under $100.
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Best radio around we have sold over 100 of them and no problems! http://backcountryaccess.com/product...adios-bc-link/Very long range and pricing is unbeatable for what you get! BCA sells lots of snow and avy equipment let me know if you need some..
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I picked up a couple of the UV5Rs last year and I'm very happy with them. I picked up a better antenna and a shoulder mic. The first mics I got one went bad (probly due to getting wet). So I've just picked up a bit better set that seemed to have good reviews.
I'm sold on the Baofeng radios. U gotta put a little effort into setting them up but tons of good peepl willing to share their info. Once they are programmed, super nice.
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What kind of range can a guy get with the 888s or the uv5r? Is there an antenna that will help the range? Also what other kind of shoulder mic's work well and are waterproof? I would think that would be a concern.
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Just a friendly reminder.
Those radios are HAM bands, and do require a Federal License to use.

Don't know if there is any real world chance of you getting caught transmitting on them in the backcountry or not, but if you do, just be prepared to pay the price.

That said.
There is NO BETTER RADIO for use in the back-country than a 5 or 10 watt.

FRSS is limited to 0.5 watts
GMRS is limited to 2.0 watts

HAM 2 meter is limited to 1,500 Watts !!

On small hand held radios, a HIGH POWER unit would put out 10 watts.
And it would be a POWERHOUSE in the mountains on Simplex transmitting 5 to 10x the power of regular 2 way radios.


Such radios can be purchased for as little as $65
http://www.ebay.com/p/tyt-th-uv8000d...=ps&lpid=82,82


Baofgng offers an 8 watt version
https://baofengtech.com/bf-f8hp
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