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urSUEla
10-22-2007, 10:49 AM
I'm wondering if walkie talkies (we have motorola) work on board. Is it worth it to bring them along? Thanks!

We leave in 4 days!!!! Wahoo!!!

mommasita
10-22-2007, 11:43 AM
I am moving this to the main cruise forum, to generate more response..

birkner
10-22-2007, 11:48 AM
I'm wondering if walkie talkies (we have Motorola) work on board. Is it worth it to bring them along? Thanks!

We leave in 4 days!!!! Wahoo!!!

We had some luck with ours on board, but better luck on land because walkie talkies work on a "line of sight".

lborne
10-22-2007, 11:51 AM
Not worth the hassle on the ship, IMHO, since it is not reliable (works only sometimes). Great for CC.

scm
10-22-2007, 12:24 PM
I suggest searching threads here for earlier discussions of this that you will find helpful. Some brands were recommended as tried successfully within the ship.

SettinSail
10-22-2007, 12:25 PM
We just got back last night and ours did not work on the ship.

We bought very expensive ones that were recommended on this board just
for the trip! About $85 I think. For some reason, our son thought we were
calling him every 10 mins or so when we were not and when we did call him
he never heard us. They worked fine for us at home on Weds at our State
Fair and they worked fine at Atlantis & CC.

The brand was Midland GXT735.
One of the screens got cracked when our bags were loaded on the ship.
My husband accidently checked one of the bags I meant to stay with us!

TLANE30
10-22-2007, 01:56 PM
Our walkie talkies worked like a charm. I don't know what the brand is. After I had my facial, I called my husband up on the walkie talki and he told me where he was at Castaway Cay. I loved having them.

rgroves
10-22-2007, 02:22 PM
Those kinds of radios work partially on "line of sight", but not entirely. You do not have to be in sight of each other to use them, but they do have limitations. The type structure the signal has to pass through was the biggest affect how well they work. Since the ship is primarily steel or other types of metal, the signal gets blocked, deflected, and scattered very easily. This will drop the range and effectiveness of them.

They worked for TLANE30 because she was in the Spa near the top of the ship and therefore there was not much to block or scatter the signal to her hubby's radio on the island.

Also, I very much doubt they would work (I'm NOT SAYING THEY WON'T WORK) from Deck 2 all the way up to Deck 9/10. There is a small chance it'll work, but I would not put my money or faith into them be to 100% reliable (I wouldn't expect them to be 10% reliable on the ship).

DW and I had a set of very expensive and highly recommended radios a few years ago. From 100yards away - pure line of sight, they did not work. We kept walking closer and closer together till we were 20 ft apart when they decided to work. At that point we were close enough to talk without them.

MUGGS329
11-05-2007, 03:42 PM
Bring them with. You will use them... I have been on 6 of Disney crusies and I have used them, both on and of the ship. Great for Castaway Cay

tvguy
11-05-2007, 07:58 PM
Bring them with. You will use them... I have been on 6 of Disney crusies and I have used them, both on and of the ship. Great for Castaway Cay

No harm in taking them. Just don't COUNT on them working. As others have posted, they ALL work line of sight. Brand isn't really an issue since the inards are all made by the same company.

KayDox
11-06-2007, 03:50 AM
I bought Midland LXT330VP3 from amazon.

They worked only when we were pretty close - almost useless on the ship :-(

Some people had great experience using Midland, so I guess you have to go for fairly expensive ones.
Mine were about $35.

Kaye :flower3:

frdeb1999
11-06-2007, 06:32 AM
We had absolutely no luck with ours on the ship either. But loved having them while at CC. Hope you have a wonderful time! :)

nokidz
11-06-2007, 06:46 AM
We are bringing ours along anyways. We are traveling in two cars from Ontario Canada, so they will be used then. We will also use ours when we are off the ship to keep in contact with everyone. If they work on the ship, great, if not, oh well. Maybe it is better they do not workon the ship. easier to hide.....:thumbsup2

MarkLem
11-06-2007, 06:48 AM
Somewhat. If there were too many decks between, lots of static.