The holidays are upon us once again, and with it comes the hassle of trying to find the perfect gifts for those you care about, and without busting your budget. Of course, walkie talkies make great gifts for young and old alike. But with so many different types and options to choose from, how do you find the right radio that fits? No worries. At Buy Two Way Radios, we specialize in matching the right radio for your needs. To help you get started, here are our recommended picks of two way radios that make great holiday gifts for 2019!
CB Radios are the natural choice for professional drivers such as long haulers, emergency road service operators and other who traverse the roads and highways for business or pleasure. They are also great for recreational vehicles and those who use them for snowbirding or sightseeing across the continent.
Uniden BearTracker 885
Part CB radio, part digital scanner, the Beartracker 885 does both very well. It has the legal maximum 4 watts of RF power, all 40 CB channels, NOAA weather channels, weather alerts, and a 7 color LCD display. It is also a digital trunktracking scanner with the capability to receive public safety traffic within range where ever you are located in the US and Canada!
The 885 is equipped with the BearTracker Warning System, a legal alternative for drivers when a radar detector is not an option. The 885 also includes GPS so it can automatically select scanner channels to monitor in your immediate area.
The 75-822 is a 2-in-1 plug and play two way radio that's a lightweight handheld and a mobile CB all in one powerful package! The 75-822 has 4 watts of transmit power, the maximum allowed for Citizen's Band, and covers all 40 CB channels. It also has 10 NOAA weather channels for all hazards weather information 24/7, to keep you informed of weather conditions while out in the field or on the road. the Midland 75-822 also has 5 memory channels, plus instant channel access for emergency channels 9 and 19. But that's not all.
The Midland 75-822 also features a large channel display, Hi/Lo power settings, channel scan, dual watch, auto battery save and an external jack for headsets. All together, these features make the 75-822 a great companion for your next road trip.
Popular outdoor activities include camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, biking and various recreational sports. Two way radios are commonly used in many outdoor activities for instant calling and group communications.
Motorola Talkabout T800
The T800 is an FRS walkie talkie and with a Bluetooth® connection to your smartphone! This allows you to instantly share locations, messages and and more through the Motorola Talkabout app while you go off-grid with your group.
The T800 has all 22 FRS channels, with 121 privacy codes, 11 weather channels and NOAA weather alerts. It is also fully compatible with other FRS/GMRS radios.
The T800 also features an amazing, hidden blue display that's easy to read when the radio is on, and virtually disappears when the radio is turned off. Add raised front panel buttons, an emergency alert button and a built-in flashlight, and you have a radio for use almost anywhere adventure takes you.
Motorola Talkabout® T605
The T605 H20 is an FRS radio designed and built specifically for the outdoors. it has 22 GMRS channels and 121 privacy codes, 11 NOAA weather channels and weather alerts. It features an LCD display, 20 call tones, Dual Watch, hands-free VOX operation, channel scan, PTT power boost, a built-in flashlight, and VibraCall® vibrating alert.
The T605 is also IP67 waterproof, submersible and floats! Plus. the belt clip doubles as a whistle! The value pack includes two radios, AC charging adapter, 12V DC vehicle power adapter, carry case and a one year warranty.
Radios are commonly used during hunting season for instant communications, along with accessories such as earpieces to keep them quiet and discreet. Here are our prime picks of popular two way radios for hunters.
The GXT1050 is a camo version of the popular GXT1000, specifically designed for hunters. In has 22 GMRS channels, 142 privacy codes , 28 extra channels with the pre-set privacy codes, and 10 NOAA weather channels. In addition to all the other standard features of the GXT1000, it also has a "Mossy Oak" camouflage coloring and 5 animal call alerts. The GXT-1050 is also JIS4 water resistant for those dank, wet outings during duck season or those dewy, early mornings sitting in a tree stand.
The GXT1050VP4 value pack has everything you need in one complete package, including a pair of headsets with boom microphones, a dual pocket desktop charger, two rechargeable batteries, two belt clips, and both home and vehicle charging adapters.
Motorola Talkabout® T265
The T265 is Motorola's answer to license free communications for hunters, hikers, campers and other activities in the wild. It has 22 GMRS channels and 121 privacy codes, 11 weather channels, and weather alerts. It also has channels scan, 20 call tones, and a backlit LCD display, all wrapped up in a camo shell.
The T265 can operate on rechargeable batteries or alkalines. It comes with two radios, belt clips, rechargeable batteries, AC charging adapter, a pair of earpieces with boom microphones, and a camo carry case.
Amateur hobbyists, techies and those who experiment with radios have a myriad of options from which to choose in both analog and digital communications. Based on popularity, performance and price, here are our picks for best gifts in this category.
The TYT-MD-2017 is a dual band DMR digital two way radios with GPS. It features a large, color LCD display, DTMF keypad and programmable side keys. It also has a rather unique feature for a two way radio, a trackball!
The TYT MD-2017 is capable of both analog and digital operation on UHF and 136-174MHz VHF at up to 5 watts of power using Time-Division Multiple-Access (TDMA) digital technology. It has 3000 channels, 10000 contacts, built-in CTCSS/DCS (analog mode only), single call, group call and all call, remote kill/stun/activate, transmit interrupt, VOX, and lone worker function. It is MOTOTRBO™ compatible, DMR Tier I and II compatible, is firmware upgradeable and is IP67 waterproof.
The UV-5R is probably one of the most iconic and inexpensive dual band two way radios in the world. The Baofeng UV-5R is an economical Dual Band UHF/VHF Amateur Radio that's extremely compact. It has 128 programmable channels with priority channel scanning, dual watch, built-in 65-108Mhz FM radio, UHF/VHF Dual Standby, Ani code, DTMF code, Dual display switch and CTCSS manual input. The UV-5R also supports VOX hands-free operation. Plus, it has a built-in flashlight.
The Baofeng UV 5R can transmit at up to 4W of power and includes a 1800mAh Li-Ion battery pack for up to 12 hours (approx.) of operation. Used by amateur radios hobbyists and professionals around the world, the Baofeng UV-5R provides reliable communications at a very low cost.
Radios are handy for family and personal use anytime, anywhere! They can be used around the neighborhood, at an amusement park, shopping at the mall, family day trips, bird watching, and model railroad clubs.
Cobra microTALK ACXT545
The ACXT545 is an all-around general purpose radio with 22 license-free FRS channels plus 10 weather channels. It has rubberized side moldings for a comfortable grip and a weather resistant exterior for use outdoors.
The ACXT545 has 121 CTCSS and DCS codes, 10 selectable call alert tones, and hands-free VOX operation. It has front panel push buttons, a backlit LCD screen, and a built-in LED flashlight. It also features Channel scan, maximum range extender and Cobra's VibrAlert® silent paging. The ACXT 545 is also lead free.
The Cobra ACXT545 operates on 3 AA alkaline batteries or AA rechargeable batteries. It also has a Micro-USB charging port for use with any standard Micro-USB charger.
Midland X-Talker T31X3VP
The Midland T31 is a license-free FRS radio with 22 channels, NOAA weather channels, weather alert, and 38 privacy codes. It is fully compatible with other FRS and GMRS radios. Features include dual power options and e-Vox hands-free voice activation when used with optional VOX capable earpieces.
The T31X3VP is a value pack with three Midland T31 two way radios, belt clips, rechargeable batteries, and micro-USB charging cables. These radios also accept AAA alkaline batteries.
Generally Mobile Users
Want something for the more serious GMRS radio operator? These radios are great for activities such as neighborhood watches, paintballers, clubs, and extended family use.
The GXT1000 is one of Midland's most popular GMRS radios. it has 22 GMRS channels and 142 privacy codes plus 28 additional channels with pre-set privacy codes. It also has 10 NOAA weather channels and Midland's Weather Scan + Alert technology. It has hands-free VOX operation, 10 call alerts, vibrating alert, selectable high, medium and low power modes, and channel scan.
The GXT-1000 is also JIS4 water resistant for use in inclement weather and has a 3 year warranty. The value pack includes two radios, headsets, a desktop charger, and vehicle charging adapter!
The MXT275 is a MicroMobile radio for discreet mounting in your vehicle. It has a full 15 watts of power and detachable external magnetic mount mobile antenna for several times the wattage and range of a handheld GMRS unit! It supports 15 GMRS channels, 8 GMRS repeater channels and 142 privacy codes for full coverage on all available frequencies of the General Mobile Radio Service. It also supports NOAA weather channels with weather alert and weather scan. It's compatible with all handheld GMRS radios.
The Midland MXT275 features 5 selectable tones, tone alert, channel scan, monitor mode, keypad lock, keystroke tones and silent operation. It has the 7 color backlit LCD display, large built-in speaker and hand microphone with integrated controls, so all functions can be handled from the hand mic and the unit can be mounted in a vehicle completely out of sight!
Marine radios aren't just handy to have when you're on the water, they are vital for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications. They make great gifts for any recreational boater.
Cobra MR F77
This installed marine radio combines short and long range communication with GPS reception for maximum marine radio operation! The MR77 is a Class-D (DSC) fixed mount VHF marine radio with U.S., Canada and international channels plus pre-programmed NOAA weather channels. It has a built-in GPS receiver, a large LCD display, channel scan, channel names, Triwatch, automatic radio check, signal strength meter, and Cobra's Rewind-Say-Again® feature for up to 20 seconds of audio replay.
The MR77 is built specifically for maritime use on the open water. It is waterproof, submersible and duable. It comes with a noise-cancelling microphone and a flush mount kit for easy installation in your vessel. Available in black (MR F77B) or white (MR F77W).
Uniden Atlantis 275
The Atlantis 275 is a 6 watt portable handheld capable of operation on all VHF marine radio channels. It has NOAA weather channels and weather alert which is vital for any boater on the water. It features a large LCD display and backlit keypad, an LED flashlight/emergency strobe light, Dual and Triple Watch, weather channel watch, memory scan mode, and a battery save feature.
The 275 is JISX8 waterproof, submersible, and even floats! To ensure trust in its durability, Uniden includes a 3 year limited warranty.
Off-roading is a popular recreational activity enjoyed for fun and sport. whether exploring country back roads for the weekend, dune bashing for the day or engaged in professional racing competitions, off-roading is an intense actitivy that often requires reliable, off-grid communications. Here are our picks for popular two way radios used for off-road activities.
The MXT400 is the most powerful FCC approved GMRS MicroMobile radio available today. With a maximum of 40 watts, the MXZT400 operates on 15 GMRS channels and 142 privacy codes plus 8 repeater channels for full coverage of the General Mobile Radio Service. It features a crisp backlit LCD display, high quality hand microphone and a built-in internal speaker for clear audio communications for noisy, off-road conditions.
The radio is great, but there's more. This version is the MXT400VP3 value pack, with everything you need to install in your vehicle and get on the air. It includes the Midland MicroMobile MXTA11 stainless steel NMO 6dB gain antenna to quadruple the signal strength of your MXT400, the Midland MicroMobile MXTA6 Mounting Bracket with mounting screws and bolts, and a Midland MicroMobile MXTA8 RG174 antenna cable with PL-259 (UHF Male) connectors.
The Midland MXT115 is a MicroMobile™ GMRS 2-way radio with three times the wattage of a typical handheld. It provides 15 watts of power and an external magnetic mount mobile antenna that can be attached to your ATV, 4x4 or other off-road vehicle for maximum coverage outdoors.
The MXT115 supports 15 GMRS channels and 142 privacy codes plus 8 repeater channels for instant communication with other radios on the General Mobile Radio Service. It also supports NOAA weather channels, weather alert and weather scan to keep you on top of weather conditions off-road.
The MXT115 features a high quality hand microphone, backlit LCD display with 8 selectable colors, internal speaker, 5 selectable tones, tone alert, channel scan, monitor mode, silent operation, keypad lock, keystroke tones. It also has a 3.5mm external audio jack to connect an external speaker if needed.
Weather radios make great gifts for anyone. Be ready for weather warnings and other emergencies with an emergency weather radio. Here are our favorite weather radios.
The Midland ER310 is a digital emergency crank radio that has it all! It combines an AM/FM radio, NOAA weather alert radio, LED flashlight, dog whistle and multiple portable power options into a single multi-tool that's your companion for emergency preparedness.
The ER310 is equipped with a powerful Cree® LED flashlight that's also an emergency beacon programmed to signal SOS in Morse Code at the press of a button. It features a powerful 2600 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery with the option to charge it through the built-in USB port, the built-in dynamo hand crank or the solar panel built into the top of the unit. It also accepts AA alkaline batteries.
The Midland ER310 also includes a USB output port, for charging cell phones, tablets or other devices when the power is out.
The EX37VP is a full featured emergency radio kit. It contains two T31 FRS two way radios with 22 channels, NOAA weather channels, weather alert, and 38 privacy codes. These radios feature e-Vox voice activation for hands free operation and are fully compatible with other FRS and GMRS radios.
The EX37VP kit also has a 9 LED emergency flashlight, a multi-function emergency whistle with built-in compass, thermometer and magnifier. They are all neatly packed into a softshell case that fits in a backpack or glove compartment of a vehicle.
Just for Kids
Like bicycles, Barbie dolls and board games, walkie talkies are popular holiday gifts for kids. They are fun and practical for many play activities. But with so many to choose from, which radios offer the best value for the dollar? Here are our picks for best radios for the kids.
The CX396A is part of the Cobra Kids Series of FRS Two Way Radios. Although designed for kids, it's not really a toy. This is a real working radio for use in both playful and practical applications. The CX396A can keep everyone in your family or group connected with one another around the home or while playing outdoors.
The CX396A transmits and receives on all 22 FRS channels. It also has 10 weather channels. It features 121 CTCSS and DCS codes, front panel push buttons, 5 selectable call alert tones, a backlit LCD screen, battery saver and a low battery indicator. The CX396A is a lead free product, so it's safe for young and old alike. The packaging is eco-friendly. Best of all, it's license-free, so practically anyone can use it!
The Cobra CX396A operates on 3 AA alkaline batteries or rechargeable batteries and has a Micro-USB charging port so you can charge it with almost any standard Micro-USB charger. A toy police badge is included for even more kid-friendly fun.
Motorola Talkabout® T107
The Motorola Talkabout T107 is a fun way to keep all the kids connected while in the park, at the playground, in the house or out in the yard. This a real, 22 channel FRS radio compatible with all open FRS and GMRS two way radios within range. It features 1 call tone, keypad tone, talk confirmation tone, auto squelch, keypad lock and timeout timer. It operates on 3 AAA alkaline batteries (not included).
The T107 is easy to hold, easy to carry and easy to use by kids of all ages. Simply press the PTT button to talk, and release it to listen. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
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