Small, Lightweight FRS/GMRS Two Way Radios
A small radio has its advantages, but before deciding on a small model you
should also be aware of the disadvantages. By shortening the antenna length
and reducing the size of the radio, the transmit power is almost always reduced.
This means that smaller radios will almost always provide less range than their
larger counterparts. However, if you only need coverage throughout a limited
area, you will likely enjoy the benefits of a small, lightweight two way radio.
The Cobra CXR725 is our recommended "small" two way radio because it offers a great combination
of size and features. The CXR725 operates on a lithium battery,
which provides 12 hours of operating while not increasing the weight of the radio when compared to
radios using standard batteries. This model also supports weather channels and 142 privacy codes
per channel. If you do not want radios with a 12 hour battery life, desktop chargers, and weather channels, save a few
dollars by going with the Cobra microTALK CXT125.
The Motorola TALKABOUT MH230R is a lightweight, medium sized radio that delivers fairly good range (up to a
mile in urban conditions) and a good feature set. The MH230R has 121 privacy codes per channel. The MH230R
also offers a standard USB port, which allows the radio to be charged
in a vehicle with a standard USB cable.
The Midland LXT118VP is a tiny radio - checking in at just over 5 1/4 inches tall (including
antenna) and 2 inches wide. It doesn't provide a lot of power, so don't expect much more than
a quarter to a half mile of range, but if you have a short range application the LXT118VP
may be a good choice. Due to lack of privacy codes, this radio is not recommended for use
in heavily populated areas.