Motorola Talkabout T6222 Review

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What a beauty !

Specifications:

8 Channels (38 CTCSS), Uses 3 x AA batteries, NiMh Pack and Charger Available, Digital Volume Control, Monitor Button, Signal and Battery Meters, Alert Tone + Vibracall, 10 Ring Tones, Auto Power Off, Time Out Timer, VOX, Scan Facility (With Selectable Channel Scan), Voice Scrambler

Price: 59.99

First Impressions

The T6222 is a well made professional looking compact radio which is available in BLACK, BLUE or YELLOW. The first thing that you notice is how well the radio fits in your hand. Pressing the power on you are greeted with a beep. The display lights up showing channel, CTCSS code and battery meter. The volume is adjusted by pressing the + and - buttons just above the central Push to Talk button. The other main functions are operated by pressing the Menu button. To the left of the PTT button we find the Call button which emits a call tone (10 are available). To the right we find the Scan/Monitor button. There is also a button to manually turn on the backlight. Audio quality from the internal speaker on RX and TX is very good.

Features

Channel Scan: The channel scan is operated by simply pressing the scan/monitor button. The radio scans through the 8 channels until a signal is found. The scan is stopped by again pressing the scan/monitor button. It should be noted that the scan can be limited to selected channels. These channels can be selected using the menu button.

Monitor: The monitor feature is selected by pressing and holding the scan/monitor button. The squelch is opened and the display shows a signal meter from 1 to 6 (6 being a full strength signal).

Call Tones: You can select one of ten call tones from the menu.

Voice Scrambling: This radio can operate using simple voice inversion to give you a degree of privacy. Only users of radios equipped with the same function will be able to hear what you are saying. 

CTCSS: 38 sub codes to help avoid interference from other users.

Auto Power Off: The radio can be set to turn itself off after a period of inactivity (1 to 8 hours), thus saving battery power.

Time Out Timer: When activated the radio will emit a beep and then stop transmitting after a continuous period of 60 seconds, thus saving battery power.

Key Lock: When activated all keys other than the Press To Talk are disabled on the radio.

VOX: This radio can be operated hands free by selecting the VOX function. The VOX sensitivity can also be changed from the menu.

Ring Mode Alert/Vibrocall: This feature emits an alert tone and/or vibrates the radio to warn of an incoming transmission.

Battery Life

Alkaline: Up to 8 hours talk time and 130 hours standby.

NiMh: Up to 2.4 hours talk time and 39 hours standby.

Accessories(LINK)

Belt Clip/Arm Pack, Drop in charger, NiMh battery pack, Hands free kits (Earpiece or headset), Waterproof bag.

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Performance Test

First contact was made with David (M0DAD) using a Binatone 100. He lives about half a mile from me. Both incoming and outgoing audio was excellent. There was no break up of transmission even when we placed both radios on the floor of our respective houses. A very pleasing start to my tests.

Later I ventured into town and kept contact with my Dad en-route. There was a small amount of flutter and breakup whilst mobile in my car but as soon as I got out at my local shopping centre car park, the reception was back to normal with crystal clear audio at both ends. The distance from my Dad to myself being approximately 2 miles over a built-up area. I had also taken my Goodman's Tracker to compare the two radios and all I can say is WOW. The Goodman's was having problems maintaining contact with my Dad (The squelch being set much higher on the Goodman's meant that there was a lot of breakup) but I found it impossible to lose my Dad's signal on the Motorola even when the radio was held at ground level. The combination of a more sensitive receiver and a lower squelch level makes this radio a real winner.

Further contacts were made during the day from my home, the longest distance being about 4 miles and all users reported excellent audio. There were many times when the T6222 received a load clear signal and my Goodman's Tracker remained silent !

Conclusion

The T6222 is a neat, well designed radio that is full of functions and is very easy to use. The performance on RX and TX is excellent and I cannot wait to try this radio out for DX operation from a suitable high point as I'm sure that my current personal long distance contact of 30 miles can be beaten easily when using this radio. I am also on the lookout for other users who have the voice scrambling facility as I'm very eager to try this out ! 

It should be noted that for some time I've been wondering if it was worth spending a little extra cash on a more professional radio instead of going for the cheaper, more toy-like radios. Well I can now confirm that if you are thinking of buying a PMR I would say that you'd be much better off buying one T6222 than going for a pair of cheaper radios such as the Binatones or Telcoms. It is true what they say - You only get what you pay for  - And with the T6222 you get a great little radio !

Recommended for: Family and recreational use, should take a few knocks but you wouldn't want to drop it !

Well done Motorola and many thanks to Radios UK who can supply this radio along with a full range of accessories (I've got my eye on the drop in charger !).

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