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Two-Way Radios With FRS/GMRS Are Set To Bow

1/08/2009 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Two-way radio suppliers will hit International CES with wide-ranging FRS/GMRS products for 2009.

Cobra's CXR900 features a 30-mile range, 3124 channels and 10 NOAA channels, VOX, the ability to playback the last 20 seconds of a missed call and a digital voice recorder.

Additional features include 10-channel memory, a battery-saving circuit that puts the radio into battery-saver mode if there are no transmissions within 10 seconds, key lock, 10 call tones, an illuminated LCD and a roger beep.

The package will include a two-port desktop charger.

Motorola will add three new lines to its Talkabout FRS/GMRS radio series. All the radios will be sold in a two-pack and can be charged via a dual drop charger or a USB, and all offer iVox speech-activation.

The MR350R ($79.99) features a range of up to 35 miles and push-to-talk power boost, which increases transmitter power output to boost range. The redesigned radio offers larger buttons than its predecessor, vibrating ringer, 20 call tones, an emergency alert that triggers a siren and a message to other radio users, a built-in LED flashlight, seven NOAA and four Environment Canada (EC) weather channels.

The $69.99 MJ270R offers an emergency alert, seven NOAA and four EC channels, LED flashlight. Finally, the entry-level MJ230R will retail for $59.99.

TriSquare Communications will offer two new license-free eXRS radios. The models communicate over the 900MHz spectrum using frequency hopping technology.

Both the TSX300R and TSX100R feature phone-book-style contact lists, call signaling and VOX. They will come in Realtree Advantage Timber HD housings.

The TSX100R ($79.99) has 1000 channels and a back-lit keypad. The step-up TSX300R features 10 NOAA channels and SMS text messaging for $109.