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Cheap but ok radios
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Radioddity-GA-2S
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Received the below pair of radios ( WT for some ) as a gift...

https://www.amazon.com/Radioddity-GA-2S-...B07DKHCZQR

What's in the box?
  • 2 x Radioddity GA-2S
  • 2 x 1500Mah Li-ion battery
  • 2 x Antenna
  • 2 x USB Desktop Charger
  • 2 x Belt Clip
  • 2 x Wrist Strap
  • 2 x Air Acoustic Earpiece
  • 2 x User Manual
  • 2 x Micro USB Cable

 Specifications & Main Features
    FCC Part 15B & Part 97 Certified (ID: 2AN62-GA2S.)
    Frequency Range: UHF 400-470MHz
    Memory Channel: 16
    Power: 2W
    Single Band
    Standby Time: Up to 96 hours
    English/Chinese Voice Prompt
    Busy Channel Lock Out
    50 CTCSS/105 CDCSS
    VOX Function
    Time-out Timer(TOT)
    Battery Saving Mode
    Alarm Function
    Scanning Function
    High/Low Power Mode
    USB Desktop Rapid Charger
    Wide/Narrow Bandwidth Selection (25 kHZ/12.5kHz)

These fall into this range of operation;

https://fccid.io/frequency-explorer.php?...&upper=470


Opened boxes and assembled, working right out of box, 16 channels, 2w output.
Not a bad radio for $12 each... not the best I've seen, but for the money just fine.
Took about 4 hrs to fully charge from USB ac adapter into radio usb port ( on radio itself )
Comes with 60 day return policy and 18 months warranty

Good :
Can charge from a USB source, so a portable solar charger/battery bank will do it, any normal micro usb adapter ( ac with adapter from like phone )
Price vs quality , only $12 per
2w output, so range is fairly good, much better than 1/2w FRS radios, low end WTs ( rule of thumb, I always fiq 1 w per mile in real world )
Radio announces channel # thru speaker


Bad :
tho out of box usable, more than likely you will have to program the unit to match up to common usage like FRS, GMRS, or local ham frequencies
which requires a $6 cable and some knowledge of how to ( not overly hard but still can be tricky )
Extra features must be programed in,like low power/scan ( only vox works from double button press )
(Will be obtaining a programing cable to match to other radios)


Over all I rate it at about a 3.5/5
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#2
Just saw this....how have your radios been working for you? Did you ever get the programming cable? I just learned about Radioddity. Been looking at their FRS radios.
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#3
No. I didn't get the programing cable yet... As tested out of box, all channels were the same on two units tho not on FRS/GMRS freqs.

Tested had a good range, over 1.5 miles ( level but forest area ) and easy to charge via usb port on battery.

Fiq, it would be fine as an extra set as I have a few two packs of FRS ones... packed them away for now in my storage faraday box with a solar charger usb unit
Will pull once a yr to recharge for maintenance ( have a clip board with yearly dates that I check off when done for my stocks )

Had no issue with radioddity, as they were purchased thru Amazon... so can't say how they are
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(09-19-2019, 02:16 PM)Tom Mac Wrote: No. I didn't get the programing cable yet... As tested out of box, all channels were the same on two units tho not on FRS/GMRS freqs.

Tested had a good range, over 1.5 miles ( level but forest area ) and easy to charge via usb port on battery.

Fiq, it would be fine as an extra set as I have a few two packs of FRS ones...  packed them away for now in my storage faraday box with a solar charger usb unit
Will pull once a yr to recharge for maintenance ( have a clip board with yearly  dates that I check off when done for my stocks )

Had no issue with radioddity, as they were purchased thru Amazon... so can't say how they are

So they are generic UHF programmed radios. I wonder what they are intended for? GMRS, FRS, ham etc? What are they type accepted for?    I wonder how they stack up against the Baofeng 888s. Which are programmable 5 watt UHF radios and are dirt cheap (about $10.50 each).

Edited to add....okay, I found out technically you need a ham ticket to operate these. However, judging by the reviews few people are actually hams who buy these things.
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#5
Well, I ordered the cable... coming tomorrow, I'll be able to tell you the set freqs on the factory units soon.
Was unable to search and find what freqs defaulted on them.
( think 1 or 2 are frs, but also some on public service freqs ( real no, no ) )

As a gift, I can't complain... they were $12 buck each. The best feature ( since I always pick radios/ devices I can run on 12vdc ) IMO, is the usb charger port.
As mentioned, a small usb solar charger can do the trick OR 12v cigar type to usb.
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#6
Just got to check freqs on stock radio...  will change to frs and gmrs .
as follows;


Location    Name    Frequency    Duplex    Offset    Tone    rToneFreq    cToneFreq    DtcsCode    DtcsPolarity    Mode    TStep    Skip    Comment    URCALL
1                            454.225        0    TSQL    88.5    69.3      23    NN    FM    5    S        
2                            454.325        0    TSQL    88.5    100       23    NN    FM    5    S        
3                            454.425        0    TSQL    88.5    151.4    23    NN    FM    5    S        
4                            454.525        0    TSQL    88.5    203.5    23    NN    FM    5    S        
5                            454.625        0    TSQL    88.5    241.8    23    NN    FM    5    S        
6                            454.725        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
7                            454.825        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
8                            454.925        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
9                            455.125        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
10                          455.225        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
11                          455.325        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
12                          455.425        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
13                          455.525        0    DTCS    88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
14                          402.125        0                 88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
15                          435.55          0                 88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S        
16                          468.95          0                 88.5    88.5     23    NN    FM    5    S


EDIT: not much on ham band, but the 435 which is for satellites...
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