MultiCom Pro – PMR446 Radio

MultiCom
Pro – PMR446 Radio
review
by
madaboutairsoft
(with customers feedback)

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Stock
Specifications
RRP
£139.00
Options Many,
including throat mics, headsets, etc

Features

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channel
Scan: The radio scans through the 8 channels until a signal
is found.

Memories:
Each channel can be programmed with up to 5 different memory
settings for CTCSS/DCS.

Time Out
Timer: The battery saving feature.

Cloning:
This allows you to setup multiple radios quickly and easily
(great for team play!) Voice Scrambling: By using voice inversion,
this stops people listening in on your conversations.

Key Lock:
Disables function buttons, etc. Useful when the radio is in
a pouch or pocket.

VOX: Voice
activated handsfree system

CTCSS/DCS:
DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) and CTCSS allows for over 900 channel
combinations.

Splash Proof/Shock
Resistant.


First
Impressions
After
removing the MultiCom Pro radio from it’s box and packaging our first thoughts
were that this was a serious piece of kit. The radio itself is very well built,
feels really solid and should take the knocks from many airsoft skirmishes without
any damage.

The MultiCom Pro is a
professional radio and as such comes with all the bits of kit you would expect.
carry strap, belt clip, drop in charger, and rechargeable battery pack and
manual.

Getting Started
The rechargable battery pack supplied with the radio requries 12 hours to
be fully charged and lasts just over 20 hours in “normal” operation,
however you can also use 4xAA Alkaline batteries, we opted for the batteries
as we couldn’t wait to try this piece of kit out.

With the batteries in,
time to turn this thing on… the on/off function and volume control are controlled
via a simple rotary nob on the top of the radio. On switching the radio on,
the first thing you notice is the large LCD screen which has a bright backlight,
this shows a variety of information but primarly the channel number.

After adjusting the volume
to the desired level and familarising ourselves with the push to talk button
on the side and other buttons on the face of the radio we were ready to test
the radio out!

Come
in over…

We setup two radios to use the same channel, adjusted several other
settings and we were away. The quality of sound from these units was
crystal clear and very impressive, even just using the standard radio.
However we also stock the throat microphone’s so we had to try them,
attaching these articles around your neck and placing the earpeice is
a simple enough affair and afterwards it allowed us to have both hands
free as these throat mics use the VOX MP technology (voice activated
microphones) and via the function settings in the radio the sensitivty
of the vox system can be finely adjusted to provide a very good setup.

Do
we have the range?
We knew the radios worked, but
what about the range? No problem we thought, one member stays in the
office and the other gets the lunch in. 2 miles away in a local car
park we had full crisp sound, at approximately 5 miles we had contact
however the the signal was weaker (as you would expect) however was
still usable. During mobile operation in a car there was a minor amount
of break-up however there was virtually none whilst on foot.

Specification
and Features
The
specification of the MultiCom Pro radio from the manual reads as follows:

8 Channel (38 CTCSS
+ 83 DCS), VOX Enabled, Channel Scan, Time Out Timer, Key Lock, Voice
Scrambler, Cloning Facility, Splash Proof and Shock Resistant, Battery
Indicator, Uses 4 X AA batteries or Battery Pack and Drop In Charger
(Supplied), Backlit LCD Display.

Dimensions (W*H*D):
60*110*30 mm
Weight: 147 grams
Frequency range: All PMR-446 channels

Features:

  • Channel Scan:
    The radio scans through the 8 channels until a signal is found.
  • Memories: Each
    channel can be programmed with up to 5 different memory settings for
    CTCSS/DCS.
  • Time Out Timer:
    The battery saving feature.
  • Cloning: This
    allows you to setup multiple radios quickly and easily (great for
    team play!) Voice Scrambling: By using voice inversion, this stops
    people listening in on your conversations.
  • Key Lock: Disables
    function buttons, etc. Useful when the radio is in a pouch or pocket.
  • VOX: Voice activated
    handsfree system
  • CTCSS/DCS: DCS
    (Digital Coded Squelch) and CTCSS allows for over 900 channel combinations.
  • Splash Proof/Shock
    Resistant.

Summary
The Multicom
Pro is a great radio offering excellent performance, rock-solid construction
and a wide range of useful features. It’s easy to use and with a range
of accessories available, the MultiCom Pro can be customised to meet
your needs.

We don’t think you
will fine a better radio for the money!

Build
Quality

5/5

Value
for money

5/5

Overall
potential

5/5

by madaboutairsoft.com


Internal Links:
a
PMR466 page
– a
website dedicated to PMR446, with explanations of what it is, and how it works.
very useful!

External
Links:
madaboutairsoft.com
– stock the MultiCom Pro radio @ £139.50 (inc. next-day delivery!)


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Last modified:
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM Copyright 2001 ArniesAirsoft




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