Motorola MU350R

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Ck622, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Ck622

    Ck622 Adventurer

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    Does anyone have this radio yet? Thinking about getting it to use with my sena to communicate with friends on gmrs.
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  2. huguesfrederic

    huguesfrederic HF

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    Me to, but it seem out of order everywhere is it available?
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  3. Ck622

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    I saw that they were available on amazon.
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  4. sulli

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    I bought a set at home depot. Both of them near me have them. They work pretty good for the price. And if the rechargable is dead, just throw in some regular batteries.

    And on a side note. I upgraded our work radios at our health facilities because the operation crew was using these:ear.

    I had bought Motorola before, but through a dealer I was able to get Vertex Standard ( a Motorola off brand ) 5watt pro radios for $165 with a three year warranty. Just saying if you wanted something a bit more powerful in the future.
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  5. Ck622

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    I don't see them on the Home Depot website. Did you pair them to a headset?
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  6. PhilRio

    PhilRio Ride, camp, eat, reload!

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    Just a up date: I own a motorcycle turing company and for safety and less mass with cables I got a pair of this guys to test with Scala Rider (because Scala you can't talk to a group at the same time, just one by one) so, I tried to pair with G9's, no success.
    (G9's require a password in order to pairing) but should work with Senna, than if this work, you can increase the range from bike to bike. You only need a handle bar ptt to open the vox in the communicator. (I don't think the vox will start the walkie talkie) more testes coming soon!!!! other wise seams solid, well made and good battery life.
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  7. Ck622

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    Thanks for the update. Might need to pull the trigger on ordering them. Would really rather have a higher wattage handheld ham but none seem to have a good bluetooth solution.
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  8. PhilRio

    PhilRio Ride, camp, eat, reload!

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    Seams to be the BEST WAY: If Motorola work's with Sena PERFECT! Problem solved! In my case:I'm buying the Sena SR10 (bluetooth to way radio adapter CAN WORK WITH HAM RADIOS TO) to test and se IF this guy I will connect with Scala G9, It's price, but no other option. And we need like 10 of this for our tours : (
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  9. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Long timer

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    I bought these and paired them to my Scala Rider set - no problem whatsoever! Works like a DREAM....

    I did a YouTube review and demo. I was thinking on buying the G9, but now - no way. Don't need it. These have many miles of range and there is really no delay when using the PPT and the bluetooth headset in my helmet.

    <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/usQcopthgUg?list=UUxn-5oMbWY5llhL7DP257QA" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" width="853"></iframe>
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  10. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    How much is the PTT button? google wasnt leading me to answer to that. I wouldnt even mind a wired PTT button, just not wanting to use the radio itself.

    nice review though!
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  11. chrish4ku

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    Not sure - looks like it isn't available until April 2014, so no pricing yet that I can find either..
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  12. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    Have a pair on the way to play with in Death Valley. Will see what kind of range I can get. No wireless PTT button yet, might see if I can find a wired one near by.
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  13. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    is there a jack on the unit for a wired PTT button?


    that makes it simple enough for me.
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  14. chrish4ku

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    No wired PTT - just headset..
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  15. xxwildbillxx

    xxwildbillxx n00b

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    Really shouldn't be too hard to pop the units open and "add" a wired PTT option/port to the original/stock PTT for those of us wanting the best of both worlds (={
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  16. hpsVFR

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    Motorola makes a wired PTT system for the radio.

    Or am I misunderstanding what's being discussed?
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  17. xxwildbillxx

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    I've seen the "wireless" bluetooth PTT option via the interent, tho not sure if it's actually available just yet or how pricey(?) There seems to be some consenses within the thread that there is no "wired" PTT port tho I may have misread something. (Im sure someone who owns a set will chime in and confirm/deny this soon enough). The bluetooth PTT option seems a pretty good idea but cost, messing with additional batteries and/or charging requirements PLUS the greater tendency to lose a BT PTT makes a wired PTT a bit more favorable (imho) if for no other reason than cost alone, as an oem/aftermarket wired PTT should be considerably cheaper.
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  18. hpsVFR

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    I'm not familiar with this particular radio, but I'd expect that it probably uses a single 3.5mm miniature jack for PTT, mic, and speaker, all in one. My Yaesu VX-5 works that way (4 conductor port, Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve), and that's nearly 15 years old now.

    Anyway, the fact that they show a wired PTT switch accessory, and have wired headsets with PTT switches in-line, both indicate with some certainty that wired PTT operation is possible with this unit, provided you build/purchase the proper equipment.

    ETA: I'm vaguely amused that they note in small type that the radio is no longer splashproof when accessories are connected. Same deal with my VX-5 actually.
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  19. skew

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    From the looks of it the BT PTT button itself retails for $99 that makes it an instant fail even before it comes to market!!!!! It just needs a simple BT button but Motorola seems to think the button needs to power headsets mics and everything else under the sun. This should have been a $19-25 product at most. I am wanting to purchase one if these radio to use with my parrot sk4000 but it looks like I will have to wire a PTT button or mount the radio on the handle bar to access the PTT button on the side.
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  20. chrish4ku

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    Several of us went out into the Desert and rode for 3 days. Two of us had the MU350Rs, and the rest normal GMRS. Paired to my Scala Rider, I can say these things worked pretty much flawlessly and I was able to call my buddies from the valley floor when they were still 4-5 miles up in a canyon.

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    We strapped these into pouches I bought on Amazon. For me, having the unit right on my chest works best. I don't feel the need for a remote PTT.

    Pouch is MSC-20C model off of Amazon.

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    Out in the open the hi power works for at least 5 miles actual. That's as far as I tested them.
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    At this high point, my buddies were down in the valley and I could reach them with some static.

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    On the valley floor the units would communicate pretty far. I could not see the rest of my group anywhere, but could hear them clearly.

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    Review:
    - Battery: Lasts all day no problem using hi power TX
    - Bluetooth: Works great with Scala, paired easy time after time
    - Durability: Good. I went off the bike once, and was in a dirty dusty place for 3 days. They took a beating.
    - Charging: Takes several hours to fully recharge, 7-8, but the battery life is way better than my Midlands

    Wide open areas work best of course, and this place is optimal.
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    Where bluetooth communicators fail at line of sight, these fill the gap
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    Constant pounding of dirt and dust hit the radio for 3 days.
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    Can your radio take a direct hit??? The Pouch is a key saver as well as it protects the unit.

    <a href="https://chrish4ku.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/3-2014-Ridgecrest-Dual-Sport/37771291_WG9dp8#!i=3140110551&k=pQsFzZq&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="https://chrish4ku.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/3-2014-Ridgecrest-Dual-Sport/i-pQsFzZq/0/L/3-24-2014%2011-41-23%20AM-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    Mounted case to backpack strap.
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