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    Default Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    Unless you hate your Wallet anyway.

    They make good headsets but I have serious issues with their pricing scheme on some things.

    Example they take some chinese radios (which are fine radios) and then double or triple the price on them. Their "RH-5R" is a rebadged Baofeng UV-5R at almost triple the cost. You can get UV-5Rs on Amazon all day for 28 dollars a pop, RR sells them for 85 dollars. Their RM-25R is a rebadged chinese radio (again not a bad radio) that sells for 100 to 114 dollars on Amazon, RR sells it for 210 dollars. Lets not even get started on their pricing on accessories for the Baofeng Handhelds.

    Their RM-60 and RM-45 radios that are single band are sold as a dual bander on Amazon for 160 dollars. They charge 300 and 400 dollars for their single band rebadged units.

    I get everyone needs to make a profit but they're gouging people's eyes out and not even offering a few aspirin to help with the pain. They just prey on most peoples lack of radio knowledge.

    The ONLY thing I send people to RR for is their in helmet wiring harness for the Baofengs and Kenwoods. It's 200 dollars but one of the few wired options that actually functions out there. And I still try to steer people towards bluetooth instead. I've been trying for a long time to steer motorcyclists away from them but people still flock to them.
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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    I too noticed their pricing when someone in a FB group posted a link to the RM-25R... promptly referred them to Amazon.
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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    I appears that they are locked out of the ham bands. I'm going to have to check on my Baofeng but I believe it's locked out of anything but the ham bands.

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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    With CHIRP you can program them to FRS/GMRS/MURS/ETC
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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    Their RM-50R is a copy of the Yaesu FT-7900R... but 139.05 more expensive. I would rather have the Yaesu anyday.
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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    No kidding.
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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    Comes pre-programmed with over 40 popular channels including Best In The Desert, Baja Pits, Weatherman, BFG Relay, Rescue, Checkers, GMRS channels, and more!

    That's worth 50 alone!

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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    A lot of their stuff isn't even ruggedized but their roll bar mounts are pretty handy, at least what some friends tell me.
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    Default Re: Steer Clear of Rugged Radios

    That's pretty messed up... Have looked at their site a while back when I was first really wanting to get into a Ham setup... and although I did't know enough to know that they were rebranded versions of other radios... I was like these prices are crazy... and didn't purchase... and glad I didn't, as I found out from you guys about the Baofeng options... that will work great for me for getting started, and even more so for my limited budget, just get started off..
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