Talking in the Field


By Anne Vinnola
Oct 14, 2008 – 5:47:04 AM

Motorola Talkabout?

Technical communication devices are getting more and more impressive. Take the new Motorola Talkabout? EM1000R two-way radios for instance. These radios have a 20 mile range and are compact and lightweight so even your smaller family members can carry it with ease.

What about outings to the park or a day at the lake? The Talkabout? has the capability to monitor changing weather conditions by tuning in to one of seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environment Canada (EC) weather channels, which provide continuous broadcasts of local and regional weather updates. You will know when to leave the baseball game or pack your fishing boat up because of impending lightening storms.

22 channels each with 121 different privacy codes creates 2,662 combinations of communication to choose from. And, the Motorola exclusive QT (Quiet Talk) function eliminates interference from other manufacturers.

The Motorola Talkabout? EM1000r features an Emergency Alert button, that when activated, transmits an alert siren followed by transmission of any voice or other extraneous sounds and allows users to send the signal to other radios to warn of impending danger.

It also features a built-in LED Flashlight for unexpected power outages and a handy emergency checklist to help you organize your emergency kit.

We enjoyed the iVOX speech-activated feature, which allowed us to communicate easily when our hands were full tying spinners to our fishing rods without having to remove the radio from our belts.

Having a choice to charge your units in the standard dual drop-in charger or use the mini, USB port in the radio to charge with a wall or vehicle mini-USB charger (optional), as well as traditional alkaline batteries for remote areas is very helpful.

The Motorola Talkabout EM1000R radios have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $69.99 per pair ($59.99 for EM1000 alkaline only version).