BINATONE TREK 100 TWO WAY RADIO SET - QUAD PACK for £24.99 @ argos/ebay
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BINATONE TREK 100 TWO WAY RADIO SET - QUAD PACK for £24.99 @ argos/ebay

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Found 4th Oct 2012
fine price for a 4 pack

304 channels.
Up to 8km range depending on environment and terrain.
Up to 1 3/4 hours talktime.
Up to 37 hours standby time.
Rechargeable.
Adjustable speaker volume.
Battery level indicator.
4 belt clips.
Keypad lock.
Stop watch.
Backlit display.
Scrambler function.
Supports headsets.
Selection of 10 call tone melodies.
VOX.
Includes 2 in-car chargers, 2 mains chargers and
Mosquito repellent function.
Dual watch.
Black and silver.

23 Comments

My experience with these is a range of less than 2km. So I took them back. Anyone had better look?

That is cheaper than the toy walkie talkies I used to play with

2 km is as much as you can expect from small units in everyday conditions.
8km might just be possible with direct line of sight on a clear day.
A genuine 5 mile range would require a hefty power pack and a bigger set altogether.
So a little bit of heat.

stevetheman

My experience with these is a range of less than 2km. So I took them … My experience with these is a range of less than 2km. So I took them back. Anyone had better look?


With perfect conditions and line of site you may get the stated range. I've used this type whilst skiing where they come into their own for keeping in touch with your mates (providing you are talking to someone in the same valley!). I recall being at the top of a mountain and speaking to my wife in the hotel room, it that was pretty much line of site (I could see the hotel) but probably at least around 2km away.
That's a good price, I paid £60 for 4 many years back.
Note that 304 channels is a bit misleading, there are only actually 8 channels but split into 38 subchannels. All the subchannels mean is that it ignores talk that isn't on your subchannel, but it will still interfere if you are talking on the same channel.

"Mosquito repellent function" ???

"Mosquito repellent function." ?

edit: ha, great minds
Edited by: "TH3R4POR" 4th Oct 2012

These are brilliant for using where mobiles would not work or would be expensive, such as...

Using from the upper floors of a hotel when on holiday to almost anywhere within walking distance (realistically up to an hour's cycling distance).

Anywhere in the hotel to the pool/bar.

From car to car when both driving somewhere (I think the frequency they use is exempted from the using a "mobile" while driving.

Between parties if two groups are hillwalking/skiing etc.

I have two sets of these and there are a few inaccuracies worth mentioning.

Well under a mile is the max range in a heavily built up area with many tall buildings from ground to ground. However its possible to pick up people over 20 miles away occasionally if at the top of a hill and they are in a high unrestricted place too (hill in Glasgow to hill in Greenock). The max confirmed distance was a fluke at over 300 miles between the UK and Holland.

They do not really have 304 channels, only 8, but with 38 ID codes that ignore transmissions not using the same code. If you set the channel then set the code to zero, you will hear everything transmitted on that channel. So the busier it becomes the less usable they are in theory (although its never been a problem).

There is no privacy, you can set them to scan and they will scan a channel or all channels.

Its an EU standard, so likely to be illegal in many places outside the EU (although they look almost the same as many american ones on Ebay that have more transmission power, and different frequency ranges that are illegal in the UK).

One of the conditions in the UK accepting PMR radios was that the antenna were fixed to prevent larger antennas saturating an area. But its quite simple (although looks bad) adding a larger aerial.

A good summary of info is available on wikipedia...

en.wikipedia.org/wik…446

good price if your in the market for a set. wont push to talk on smartphones kill these off soon?

Phones need masts, these work directly between each other and have no charges other than buying.

johnwessex

good price if your in the market for a set. wont push to talk on … good price if your in the market for a set. wont push to talk on smartphones kill these off soon?



didnt think we was gonna get it?

americans had it for years

4 x AAA batteries per handset, but only 2 mains chargers (+2 for cars).
Takes 10-14hrs to charge, and short battery life as supplied NiMH cells are only 550mAh.
Can't use the sets while charging.
Cheap as chips though, and can use with headsets.

Going to be a real challenge then keeping these all topped up ready for use and getting a day out of them unless you invest in lots of extra batteries and chargers.
So OK for the odd, very short, pre-planned trip (take spare AAAs) or for the kids to play with. But for regular use it's worth paying more (double) for sets with decent batteries and drop-in rapid chargers.


Edited by: "Northerner" 4th Oct 2012

Any good for giving to the kids when they go out to play to let them know its time to come in?

Thanks, ordered and voted hot!

TH3R4POR

"Mosquito repellent function." ?edit: ha, great minds



Does each walkie come with DEET spray? I can't see from the pic! ;p

anyone actually know how/what this function would be??
heat added, great price for 4.

Ive ordered for the kids for when we go caravanning, can never get a signal on the phones at most sites Heat added

mummymel74

Any good for giving to the kids when they go out to play to let them know … Any good for giving to the kids when they go out to play to let them know its time to come in?



perfect

Can you now talk and receive on these at the the same time? Or do you have to press a button to send like on the old type. (Maybe a silly question but I bought some bargain spiderman walkie talkies the other day and they were the old type).

zxcvbnm

Can you now talk and receive on these at the the same time? Or do you … Can you now talk and receive on these at the the same time? Or do you have to press a button to send like on the old type. (Maybe a silly question but I bought some bargain spiderman walkie talkies the other day and they were the old type).



I have these and you have to press and hold a button on the side when you want to talk, and only one person can talk at a time.

Gavin01

perfect



Agreed, but only if:

They're in range (can be short as 1/4 mile in a built up area)
There isn't interfence from other users
The battery hasn't run down
They haven't turned it off
They haven't turned it down
They haven't lost it
They haven't changed channel
They haven't changed the Selcall code

In other words, they can have plenty of reasons for not getting the message! But as long as you understand the limitations they can be a godsend especially when on holiday etc.

Also if giving to your kids bear in mind there are only 8 channels on PMR446 used by all walks of life for many varied purposes, so you might not like what they can hear or who they might talk to!

Edited by: "Northerner" 4th Oct 2012

Thank you - ordered a set

I have a pair of Binatones and replaced the stock batteries with some vapextech AAA's 900mah that were on hukd a while back.

Very nice price for a 4 pack. I would get some if I did not have too many handheld radios here already.

As mentioned actual distance you will be able to communicate over will vary depending on terrain and weather conditions as well as numerous other factors. Hilltop to hilltop there have been some 100km + contacts however in a built up area you may struggle to contact the next street.

Remember the will work with other PMR446 radios you may have (although some of the older/cheaper models do not have CCTSS or DCS sub carrier channels.

Makes me wanna buy these even more. Why? I don't need 4 of them, so would use only 2 while the other 2 are charging! Voila!

Northerner

4 x AAA batteries per handset, but only 2 mains chargers (+2 for cars). … 4 x AAA batteries per handset, but only 2 mains chargers (+2 for cars). Takes 10-14hrs to charge, and short battery life as supplied NiMH cells are only 550mAh. Can't use the sets while charging.Cheap as chips though, and can use with headsets.Going to be a real challenge then keeping these all topped up ready for use and getting a day out of them unless you invest in lots of extra batteries and chargers.So OK for the odd, very short, pre-planned trip (take spare AAAs) or for the kids to play with. But for regular use it's worth paying more (double) for sets with decent batteries and drop-in rapid chargers.

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