I've been using these beauties since they became popular as 'Talkabouts' in the States in 1998. The record on PMR446 radios as far as I know is 322 miles--over water (the North Sea) to Amsterdam. In practise it's often only line-of-sight, however I once achieved about four miles in Spain.
I have mine hooked up on VOX through an Autocom system which means you can even have pillion-to-pillion conversations. Not sure if that's a good thing, though.
"For sheer delight there is nothing like altitude; it gives one the thrill of adventure
and enlarges the world in which you live,"
Irving Mather (1892-1966)
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