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Welcome to our big walkie talkie test 2022. Here we present all the walkie talkies we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best walkie talkie for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a walkie talkie.
- 1 The most important facts
- 2 The Best Walkie Talkie: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a walkie talkie
- 4 Decision: What types of walkie talkies are there and which is right for you?
- 4.1 What distinguishes a walkie talkie for children and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.2 What are the advantages and disadvantages of a walkie talkie for hobby radio operators?
- 4.3 What are the advantages and disadvantages of a walkie talkie for professionals?
- 4.4 What distinguishes a walkie talkie for senior citizens and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5 Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate walkie talkies
- 6 Trivia: Interesting facts about walkie talkies
The most important facts
- A walkie talkie allows you to communicate with other people or larger groups over longer distances in a very timely manner.
- A walkie talkie is the mobile and handier version of a station radio and is therefore the ideal companion for outdoor tours with several small groups.
- It works independently of mobile phone providers and is therefore free to use. Moreover, you don’t need any extra qualifications to operate a walkie talkie.
The Best Walkie Talkie: Our Picks
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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a walkie talkie
What is a walkie talkie?
The advantage is that a walkie talkie can be operated by a single person in the hand and, above all, carried on the body. This makes the walkie talkie a mobile companion in all situations, in contrast to the bulky and heavy station radios.
Handheld radios are not only used on bicycles, motorbikes, trekking or ski tours, but also in the car or at the location of the registered amateur radio station.
Walkie Talkie what to consider?
Walkie talkies are divided into two areas of application
One is the area of BOS handheld radios and the other is the area of amateur radio handheld radios. We have described these briefly for you below.
Which BOS handheld radio do I need?
BOS handheld radios belong to the category of official radios. BOS stands for “Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben” (authorities and organisations with security tasks). The abbreviation FuG stands for radio.
The FuG 10 is operated in the so-called 2-m band and has ten programmed (or quartz) channels. It is only suitable for intercom operation, which means that only one person can speak or transmit at a time. It has a transmitting power of one watt.
For this type of walkie talkie, there is a 40 cm long (lambda quarter length) rod antenna or a 15 cm long antenna that is inductively shortened by coiling.
The shorter of the two antennas, however, has much poorer radiation characteristics, but makes the walkie talkie more manageable. The operating time of a FuG 10 is about four hours.
This type of radio is a multi-channel radio for 92 channels in the 2-m range. Both the band position and the type of traffic can be switched on this version. Intercom and conditional intercom traffic are possible. The FuG 10a has a transmitting power of about one watt, with an operating time of about 4 1/2 hours.
The FuG 10b corresponds to the FuG 10a, but can also be operated with a higher transmission power. This enables the walkie talkie to perform functions such as FMS or other additional functions.
Since 1994, the FuG 11b has represented a new generation of walkie talkies for the 2-m band. All 117 channels of the 2-m range, both upper and lower band, can be switched. This makes the FuG 11b a multi-channel walkie talkie.
It can be operated in two-way and conditional two-way traffic. However, the number of switchable channels can also be limited to a certain selection by appropriate programming. The unit has a transmitting power of one watt.
Ten programmed channels for the 4 m range and a transmitting power of one watt are available with this type of walkie talkie. It is suitable for intercom and conditional intercom traffic and was mainly used for special purposes. Its design is based on that of the FuG10.
This walkie talkie is a multi-channel 4-m radio. With a transmitting power of one watt, it can be used like the FuG 13 both in the lower and upper band in intercom and conditional intercom traffic.
In some federal states of the Republic, however, the possession and operation of 4-m handheld radios is reserved for city or municipal fire chiefs and district fire inspectors. Violation is punishable by a fine.
The FuG 13b corresponds to the FuG 13a, but can also be operated with a higher transmission power and be equipped with an alarm transmitter, FMS or other additional functions.
Amateur radio handsets
Amateur radio handheld radios are mostly used on the 2 m and/or 70 cm band, occasionally also on the 23 cm, 6 m or 10 m band.
In the amateur radio service, which is the area you are in when you use a walkie talkie, many different handheld radios are used. Some models can also be upgraded in function so that listening in and transmitting on the frequencies of BOS handheld radios is possible.
Amateur radio handheld radios may be used without a radio operator’s certificate!
Here is another table to give you a quick overview of the different frequency bands.
|BOS handheld radio||FuG 10,FuG 10a,FuG 10b,FuG 11b, 2-m-band, FuG 13,FuG 13a,FuG 13b, 4-m-band|
|Amateur radio handheld radios||no designation, 2-m-band, 70-cm-band, occasionally also in the 23-cm-, 6-m- or 10-m-band|
How much does a walkie talkie cost?
|Lower price range||15 € – 80 €|
|Middle price range||81 € – 200 €|
|Upper price range||everything over 200 €|
What is the alternative?
Decision: What types of walkie talkies are there and which is right for you?
You can basically choose between these types of walkie talkies:
- Walkie Talkie for children
- Walkie talkie for hobby radio operators
- Walkie talkie for seniors
- Walkie talkie for professionals
What distinguishes a walkie talkie for children and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Playful models for children can already be bought cheaply. They are often colourful, with designs that appeal to children. They usually only have a short range, for example from the children’s room to the tepee tent in the garden.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a walkie talkie for hobby radio operators?
If you only want to use your walkie talkie in your free time, a handheld amateur radio is sufficient. These usually have a range of 2-10 kilometres and a battery life of about 4 hours.
However, make sure that your future walkie talkie is not a BOS handheld radio. These radio frequencies are reserved exclusively for the police and fire brigade.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a walkie talkie for professionals?
Walkie talkies for professionals may only be used by trained people with a valid radio operator’s certificate.
You need to show this, for example, if you want to get a boat licence or as a hobby pilot. In these cases, the walkie talkies are usually already permanently installed. They may only be used with the appropriate radio operator’s certificate!
What distinguishes a walkie talkie for senior citizens and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
It is advisable to pay particular attention to user-friendliness, such as button size, operating functions and display size.
However, this is highly dependent on the individual user.
Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate walkie talkies
We have selected the following criteria to make your decision easier:
- Additional function
The range of the devices varies greatly depending on the type and the intended area of use. As a rule, it is around 2-10 kilometres. If the battery charge decreases, the transmission range of your walkie talkie also decreases.
You should think about what you want to use your walkie talkie for before you buy it and find out from the dealer or online shop. Bear in mind that the range is also strongly dependent on geographical conditions.
The number of walkie talkies you should buy depends on how many people you want to communicate with at the same time. However, it makes sense to buy at least two.
A walkie talkie can have some simple but useful extra features, such as a built-in torch, a compass or an emergency signal function. With a little technical skill, however, modern devices can also be upgraded to the BOS frequencies.
Trivia: Interesting facts about walkie talkies
Accessories for a walkie talkie
There are many different accessories for walkie talkies, such as headsets, microphones, steering wheel mounts, loudspeakers, charging stations or belt clips, depending on the area of use.
Areas of application for a walkie talkie
Walkie talkies can be used in many different ways. Above all, they serve as a means of communication between several people over short distances.
In the commercial sector, walkie talkies are used a lot, for example at trade fairs, festivals, in stadiums or at similar large events.
In the private sector, they are used more on trips or excursions to ensure constant communication.
Amplifying or scrambling the signal from a walkie talkie
To amplify your walkie talkie signal, you need some technical skills and a walkie talkie that allows you to extend the frequency range. Look on the Internet for a circuit diagram and instructions on how to extend the frequency range to suit your walkie talkie.
If you have already bought a walkie talkie according to your ideas, you cannot scramble it afterwards. If you do, you must buy a walkie talkie that comes with encrypted transmission as a factory option.
Walkie talkie apps on your smartphone
There are several apps that allow you to turn your smartphone into a walkie talkie with a push-to-talk function. This function is similar to a voice message, except that it is played directly to the recipient and they can respond directly, just like a walkie talkie.
Which app works best for you depends on what your needs are. A good alternative to the walkie talkie, but only as long as the mobile network allows it.
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