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Thread: In the market for walkie-talkies / 2-way radios

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    Mrs. Pettimore wants to get John Lee Jr. a set of walkie-talkies/2-way radios for a Christmas present.

    He's almost 12 on is going on more "adventures" in the woods, and she wants him to be able to get in touch with us if he gets attacked by Nazis, grizzly bears, or anything else likely to be in the woods behind our homestead.

    We had a set of cheapies years back, but we couldn't understand each other very well.

    Any recommendation for a useful brand would be appreciated. I don't need Navy Seal quality. Just something useful for the what I described above.
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    What? ...doesn't he have his own cell phone?....
    I thought those were required for anyone over 5 years old...LOL

    I used Motorola Talkabouts ....worked pretty well....
    I even had a model that had a FM receiver...came in handy...but quite on day and doesn't work any more.

    There are about 2000 different models...mine are the $100 per pair version....
    They used to sell 2 handhelds and a base station for about $150 bucks,....haven't seen them for a while.

    Mostly use cell phones these days.
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    I don't know how much you want to spend. You might look at the Midland GXT line. They have several versions in several different prices. I have a set of GXT 450s that I have had for probably 10 years. The grand kids have played with them for at least five of those. You can get rechargeable battery packs or at least I did with mine. If you want to spend a bit less then look at the Midland LXT line.

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    I forgot to mention that we don't want to get him a cell phone yet.

    I hate the things. Even more so now than I have a smartphone.

    ETA: Thanks for the recommendation, Rick. BTW, JL Jr. likes your avatar.
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    John Lee there are many kid phones on the market that allow only specific numbers programmed into their memory and have total parental control.

    There are also GPS tracker watches that include 1 phone number in the memory that are made just for the uses you have specified.

    Prices on the phones and watches start at $20.

    I am sure that you could rig up an old cell phone with parental controls to limit uses as you desire. My smart phone has parental controls built in.
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    We actually bought him a GoPhone a couple of years ago, real cheap, but it turned out you had to pay $20 or so each month for minutes, and there as no rollover, unless you bought the next months allotment.

    I really prefer walkie-talkies because you don't have to worry about whatever the call plans are like now. They'll be used only occasionally, and it's more for peace of mind of the Mrs. than about safety.

    Plus, you get to use the push-to-talk button, and say "Roger", and "Over", and stuff like that.

    I know. Makes you think of "Airplane!"
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    Gotcha......LOL.....
    Most people don't say Rodger , over and out on cell phones...
    Then of you really want to be cool....start using the 10 codes.

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