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# 259942 1-Nov-2019 08:37
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I'm looking to get some cheap walkie talkies for the kids to play around with on a camping trip.

 

I found these on 1day, but the specs seem wierd compared to the normal UHF PRS 80 channel ones sold by the likes of Kathmandu, Jaycar, JB HiFi, Noel Leeming, etc.

 

The description states:

 

"Channels: 8, with 22 sub channels per channel" It's hard to tell from the description, but these seem like they may be EU standard frequencies, rather than NZ/AU standard, and hence might be illegal to use in NZ.

 

Can anyone shed any light on the legality of these? I noticed Torpedo7 were also selling something similar but they are now out of stock.

 

I'd be surprised if both of these companies were products that were illegal to use, without at least some associated warnings.

 

Links:

 

https://www.1-day.co.nz/products/walkie-talkie-two-way-3km-range

 

https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/1DELVNNWT/title/ecellerate--two-way-walkie-talkie-3km-range---pair

 

 


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  # 2347067 1-Nov-2019 09:36
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Torpedo 7 and 1-Day are the same company. And both are now owned by The Warehouse Group (alone with Noel Leeming)





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  # 2347097 1-Nov-2019 10:08
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If these are EU PMR446 capable devices they're illegal to sell or use in NZ.

 

 


 
 
 
 




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# 2349948 8-Nov-2019 07:44
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I bought a couple and while I can't check the frequencies, they appear to be AU/NZ versions.

 

They have 80 channels (with channels 22-23 and 61-63 disabled) which seems to tie up with the standards.

 

They also appear to have 121 CTCSS codes which seems slightly unusual.

 

So basically the 1Day description is completely wrong but the product itself seems to be sound.

 

 

 

 




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  # 2355042 17-Nov-2019 10:39
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Just thought I'd add a couple of (undocumented) pro tips in case anyone has these.

These are basically the same as Retevis RT-628 but with NZ/AU compliant frequencies.

To turn off the keypad tone
1.Turn off unit
2. Push and hold DOWN button and power button until unit powers on. (you should hear a beep).
Repeat same steps to turn beep back on.

To turn off the Roger bleep at the end of call
1.Turn off unit
2. Push and hold UP button and power button until unit powers on. (you should hear a beep).
Repeat same steps to turn bleep back on

To restore factory settings,
1. Remove batteries
2. Hold down power button while inserting batteries.

ENJOY!





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  # 2355065 17-Nov-2019 11:50
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felixfurtak: Just thought I'd add a couple of (undocumented) pro tips in case anyone has these.

These are basically the same as Retevis RT-628 but with NZ/AU compliant frequencies.

To turn off the keypad tone
1.Turn off unit
2. Push and hold DOWN button and power button until unit powers on. (you should hear a beep).
Repeat same steps to turn beep back on.

To turn off the Roger bleep at the end of call
1.Turn off unit
2. Push and hold UP button and power button until unit powers on. (you should hear a beep).
Repeat same steps to turn bleep back on

To restore factory settings,
1. Remove batteries
2. Hold down power button while inserting batteries.

ENJOY!




 

Thanks that’s really helpful just turned off annoying key pad tone. Just brought a pair not too bad but struggled to talk to the kids 1k away down the road on a flat street. I have changed the TX to high hopefully that helps Cheers 




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  # 2357619 20-Nov-2019 07:59
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I think setting Squelch Level to 1 can help a little with longer distance transmissions. Shame there's no Squelch Level 0, only the momentary one where you push and hold the tone key.

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