Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by LeakyFeeder » 03 Jun 2015, 09:29

Or bite the bullet n buy a uvb5 an cobblers to all the nonsense.... Why pay good money for a one trick pony ( 446 radio) jus for 8channels of bad language an pond life when a uvb 5 will do much much more?

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by kr0ne » 03 Jun 2015, 10:50

Yes but the question 'Why does a bottom-of-the-barrel PMR radio from one of the worlds cheapest manufacturers cost less than a top-of-the-range PMR446 radio from one of the worlds most expensive manufactureres?' would seem to answer itself... No?

The presence (or not) of features that you find useful is neither here nor there.

PMR radios, especially multi band offerings, have detachable antennas for one reason only - because antennas vary with frequency.

PMR446 radios have no need for this as all 8 channels fit nicely into less spectrum than Captain Scarlet has in his little finger! In fact, removable antennas on PMR446 radios would probably be a DISadvantage for the vast majority of users, it's just another thing to fiddle with, break or lose!

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by mof000 » 05 Jun 2015, 20:55

I get you... it's like comparing a shogun to a disco!
I'll pay whatever i think it's worth...:-)

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by Excalibur » 05 Jun 2015, 21:43

kr0ne wrote:Yes but the question 'Why does a bottom-of-the-barrel PMR radio from one of the worlds cheapest manufacturers cost less than a top-of-the-range PMR446 radio from one of the worlds most expensive manufactureres?' would seem to answer itself... No?

The presence (or not) of features that you find useful is neither here nor there.

PMR radios, especially multi band offerings, have detachable antennas for one reason only - because antennas vary with frequency.

PMR446 radios have no need for this as all 8 channels fit nicely into less spectrum than Captain Scarlet has in his little finger! In fact, removable antennas on PMR446 radios would probably be a DISadvantage for the vast majority of users, it's just another thing to fiddle with, break or lose!
But it is a convinence to have a removable antenna because lets say you are going on a car journey and a passenger uses a PMR radio to communicate with another vehicle well all you can do is remove the inbuilt antenna and attach a small magmount for extended range if the cars become a distance apart. Much like this antenna http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/YAESU-UHF-PMR ... 1597354794

Or if you were at home and wanted to use the radio and you found the range was poor inside well then you could purchase an external antenna like a Sirio CX-440 and have extended range, also the diamond antennas offer good performance on PMR446.

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by kr0ne » 05 Jun 2015, 22:30

Maybe for you and a handful of others.

For 99.9% of users... maybe not. ;)

My main point though, why not compare a top-of-the-range Motorola PMR446 radio with a top-of-the-range Motorola PMR radio?

Apples with apples and all that.

Which is more expensive then?

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Post by DistantSignal » 06 Jun 2015, 00:30

Farty wrote:An 888 that churns out 3W? That's a bit optimistic.
Definitely, I have 2 BF888's and they put out 1.8w on a full charge.

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by StormShadow » 12 Jun 2015, 17:05

My local Chinese take-away use Baofeng 888 on PMR446 :D

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by kr0ne » 12 Jun 2015, 18:26

Call em up for a Kung Po Chicken and a boiled rice!

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Re: Why are pmr446 radios so expensive?more likely to buy export

Post by Registration » 26 Oct 2015, 12:39

hmm our IT Distributor sell us PMR device to.
MOTOROLA XT420 HFG 178,80€ (Tax include)
MOTOROLA XT460 HFG 225,00€ (Tax include)

WTF?????
So much money for an an Anlaog (!!!) PMR Device who run only on 8 Channel!?

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