well those little walkie talkies at walmart are line of site pretty much, but should go about a neighborhood block with some trees and houses ...even if they say 10 miles or 25 miles thats just not gonna happen as well as they want you to think. Now you may look into some that are marine band, those will go farther but will cost you about $75-$100 each so with that in mind, i would go to a place that sells alot of different kinds like radio shack or bass pro and tell the guys working that section what you want it to do.how many miles can modern walkey talkies go? How much would i expect to pay for one that goes 5 or 10 miles? Can the signal go up hills?
Please take time to read:...Ps: The marine band is better because there are not to many of them being used on land and heavy use bogs the reception down
I agree the rules. they are the law. but in a real emergency or catastrophe I really doubt it would be an issue.Please take time to read:
FCC: Wireless Services: Ship Radio Stations: Operations
Using Hand-Held Marine VHF Radios on Land - You must have a special license, called a marine utility station license, to operate a hand-held marine radio from land -- a ship station license IS NOT sufficient. You may apply for this license by filing FCC Forms 159 and 605 with the FCC. To be eligible for a marine utility station license, you must generally provide some sort of service to ships or have control over a bridge or waterway. Additionally, you must show a need to communicate using hand-held portable equipment from both a ship and from coast locations. Each unit must be capable of operation while being hand-carried by an individual. The station operates under the rules applicable to ship stations when the unit is aboard a ship, and under the rules applicable to private coast stations when the unit is on land.
Prohibited Communications -- YOU MUST NOT TRANSMIT --
False distress or emergency messages.
Messages containing obscene, indecent, or profane words or meaning.
General calls, signals, or messages on channel 16, except in an emergency or if you are testing your radio (these are messages not addressed to a particular station), or
When your ship is on land (for example, while the ship is on a trailer). Voluntary boaters are not required to keep radio logs or keep a copy of the FCC's rules. Regardless of whether or not you have a copy of the rules, however, you are responsible for compliance.
I can tell you from personal experience in assisting US Marshalls, FBI and local law enforcement in tracking spattering CB operators with illegal amplifiers causing interference with broadcast stations, taxicabs and other unlicensed radio users getting into amateur, marine or public safety bands, that if you use a radio illegally (in other than a real emergency) in most urban areas and interfere with a licensed user, your signal will be accurately located within 100 meters within about 30 seconds. The oscilloscope trace of your transmitter captured, with sufficient specificity to identify to stand up as evidence in court. If the licensed user subjected to your interference is a public safety, local, state or federal government, military, maritime or aviation station, the local authority having jurisdiction may not be the FCC. Uncle Charlie is more than happy to let the other kids in the neighborhood play.It's one of those things you probably won't get caught at...