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TWRS-135 - New Higher Power Handheld Radios for 2019

Two Way Radio Show
We tell you about some new high power portable handheld radios from Wouxun and Midland for 2019. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog and forums.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:15

Discussion Topic 1:33
We talk about the new Wouxun KG-UV7D and KG-UV9P 7 watt radios as well as the new Midland T290VP4 and T295VP4 GMRS radios. We’ll discuss the comparisons between radio wattage and performance, how much more power these new handhelds have, and debate whether this is the beginning of a new trend towards higher powered radios, or not.

Questions and Answers 43:47
Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 50:25
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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4 thoughts on “TWRS-135 - New Higher Power Handheld Radios for 2019”

  • SAR315

    Beware of opinions that such-and-such is the "only" thing that matters, or that so-and-so "always" matters. 50-watt mobile radios used to be must-have items but now people are finding that inexpensive 10-watt mobiles are quite effective. How is that possible? Well, there's an old saying (how old? About 90 seconds) that enthusiasm buys more power but experience buys better antennas.

  • Dennie

    Make GMRS handhelds repeater capable, since Midland has mobile GMRS that are repeater capable they should have handhelds that are repeater capable. I agree GMRS handhelds should have a removable antenna option.

  • Suspicious Mind
    Suspicious Mind April 8, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Regarding chargers, for users spending more than several hours at a time in the real outdoors, hiking or biking far away from any sort of recharging means, regular battery use alternatives are mandatory. Even the convenience of extra rechargeable batteries gives users options any integrated plug fails utterly. It's ironic how self-described preppers can buy any such electronic gear that is entirely dependent on civilized charging solutions beyond twelve hours of active use, and an insult to a core portion of their market.

  • Suspicious Mind
    Suspicious Mind April 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    The reality is that once all other factors are made equal, wattage is the only measure that matters. Signal strength is strongly related to wattage, elsewise why would anyone invest in a 50 watt mobile car unit? I suspect two factors are affecting marketing and manufacture determinations here. One, they're likely maxing out the power that existing designs can handle, akin to turbo-boosting a computer processor. Second, power correlates with power in, i.e. battery, voltage, amperage, hours on one charge, and hours to recharge. Stronger batteries get hotter, cost more, and may not be replaceable with AA or AAA. Also, there may be fears of an FCC reversal in the future, that would orphan new designs. They want to price tier their models, and not just declare all older models to be junk. This is a teaser, testing the waters to see how many will spring for slightly higher power, and if it flies, plans to creep power up to the max allowable will surely come over three to five years, as design budgets allow.


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