Cobra MT975-2 VP UK 2 way radio review

Cobra MT975-2 VP UK 2 way radio review

 

 

 

Supplier:

These were supplied by Pama & co in co-operation with Cobra Europe. Communication with Cobra was super fast, I had a reply within a hour of submitting my enquiry about there items. Pama replied slightly slower but still had a reply within 2 hours which is fantastic. They advised me I had selected EU spec radios and advised me on the correct ones to order for UK spec.

Packaging:

The items were packaged in the factory packaging of heat shrink plastic, then placed in a plastic bag and finally in the postage box. The radios were packaged tightly into the box with more cardboard to stop them moving about.

Postage:

Postage was via Interlink express and the item arrived just under 24 hours from being dispatched. No delays, no hiccups and arrived with no damage.

1st Impressions:

These are slightly heavier than the lower spec model of cobras. The volume and turn on is on the top of the radio and allows a lot of fine tuning of the volume, The radios come with the 2 radios, AAA batteries and desktop rapid charging dock. The charger dock is UK specification so no adaptors are needed. The packaging says up to 12KM range which is a good range. Being license free these use radio waves instead of some that use phone networks to give longer ranges. The design of the PMR is really nice and the LCD screen is easy to read.

Features:

The list of features is good for the price and is as follows: 8 channels, 121 privacy codes which give 968 privacy combinations. Up to 12KM range, VibrAlert, VOX hands free operation enabled, 10 channel memory, Can be used as a baby monitor, Scan all 968 channels and memory, call alert with 10 tones, roger beep, backlit LCD, battery/power saver, speaker/Mic jack, Intercom capable, battery charge and low indicator, keystroke tones, belt clip, Dual watch and key lock. Like with all PMR radios these will communicate with all other PMR 446 radios.

Setting up the PMR:

Set up of the PMR is really easy, remove the belt clip, back panel and install the batteries, then fasten back up. Charging takes between 1 and 2 hours in the rapid charger. Once charged the dock will keep them maintained. Once charged twist the volume knob to turn them on and then adjust the settings following the simple English only manual.

Audio Test:

The clarity of the transmission is excellent and clear, at 10m the clarity is perfect, and 100m the clarity is still perfect. Maximum range in a semi-urban environment of 300m maximum. The maximum range is up to 12KM with an open flat ground with no obstructions; with obstructions the range gets reduced. There is a nice feature on the radios called auto squelch. This enables maximum range to be obtained by allowing more signals to be received and removes weak transmissions. In open terrain I found the range is a lot better. All tests were carried out on channel 1 with privacy channel 00.

Headsets:

I have tried the radios with both Motorola and Garmin connectors. To my surprise as with all cobra radios, both these connectors worked in the radio. There is no interference from the socket either. This allows the use of tactical throat Mic’s and boom Mic’s. With the Devgru boom Mic and an Iasus throat Mic, I tested the clarity of the transmissions from the same range before to see what the clarity is like with an in ear speaker unit. The clarity is really good. The in ear, ear piece allows the user to hear the conversation a lot clearer than with out the headset due to no background noise being heard around the radio.

Conclusion:

Best PMR radios in the UK specification of cobra radios and worth every penny. The extra range provided with these is fantastic as it allows more freedom within skirmish games. The volume adjustment knob provides fine tuning of the volume to suit your preference.

Ratings:

Construction: 10/10

Usability: 10/10

Accessories: 10/10

Looks: 9/10

Value for money: 10/10

Originally posted 2011-01-29 16:53:03.

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