Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio, M538-HT

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Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio, M538-HT

  • Utilizes 5 channels and 38 sub-channels to help you communicate with other users.
  • Amazing range: can transmit a signal to the the other hand-held radio up to 2 miles range.
  • Does NOT require a direct line of sight between the radios.
  • Hand-held radio powered by six rechargeable batteries (included) that will last for about 40 hours per charge; recharging plug included.

The M538-HT is a hand held MURS transceiver that will receive alert signals from the MURS AlertTM transmitter and also can be used for two way voice communications between other MURS transceivers. The HT has 5 channels and 38 sub channels to help you communicate with other users. The M538-HT is powered by a 6 rechargeable AA batteries (included) that will last for about 40 hours on a charge. The HT is capable of communicating over distances of several miles*. The FCC also allows you to use MURS

Price: $ 84.99
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3 Responses to “Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio, M538-HT”
  1. M. Tarter says:
    47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Affordable communications, easy operation, outstanding vendor support., October 12, 2009
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    M. Tarter
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    This review is from: Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio, M538-HT (Electronics)
    We currently use three of these handheld units and plan to purchase a fourth. Here in rural southwestern Ohio, where there are lots of hills and woods, the 1 watt output of these radios provide a one mile range reliably. While traveling in convoy on long and unobstructed stretches of highway, the range is greater. They are used infrequently and have provided communications for five weekend long events over the past two months. For well under one hundred dollars, I did not expect much. These units exceeded my expectations.
    While the manual that comes with the radio is not very detailed, vender support is outstanding. I had a question regarding charging the batteries and received a reply within one business day. They recommended charging for 24 hours when new or totally depleted and overnight for normal daily use. These radios use commonly available rechargeable AA batteries and not the expensive type found on many amateur and commercial handheld radios. In other words, no special order for replacement rechargeable batteries. Also, at need, regular alkaline batteries may be used. (Attempting to charge the alkaline type batteries will damage the unit) The rechargeable batteries supplied work surprisingly well. We keep our transmissions short and to the point and regularly operate for two days and more per charge, especially if we turn them off for the night. These radios are extremely easy on the batteries while receiving and only draw the batteries down appreciably while transmitting.
    I hope to acquire the matching Dakota Alert MURS transmitters to provide wireless and portable security at remote locations. Allowing us to monitor the area around the vehicles or camp while in the woods etc.
    These radios are not water resistant nor do they provide military grade shock resistance. These radios are not “industrial strength”, but neither is the price. They do provide all five of the unlicensed MURS frequencies while many others only provide one or two operating frequencies. They are affordably priced with great customer support from the vendor, Home Controls / Home Security 4 Less. In summary, good value for the money.

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  2. Kid's Ministry Director says:
    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Everything you need – and Heavy Duty, December 3, 2012
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    This review is from: Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio, M538-HT (Electronics)
    We bought this hand held radio and 10 base stations for our children’s ministry. I love that there is absolutely zero interference. It’s easy to hear and very simple for any volunteer to use. Our 10 rooms are spread out over 3 floors and every unit works flawlessly. The units are sturdy and reliable – I’m certain they’ll last for years.
    There are two reasons I didn’t give it 5 stars. First, though it says there are many sub-channels, there is not a way to program one unit to receive more than one channel. For example, I thought we could give each classroom a different channel and let our central desk receive every classroom at once. That is not the case. Therefore, every room hears every communication every time – which is not ideal, but in our case isn’t a showstopper. Secondly, the “call” button has five different tones, but they all sound so much alike that they aren’t useful for announcing a major alarm. Again, I had planned to use different sounds for different messages (1: general announcement, 2: fire emergency, etc). Unfortunately, because they have similar sounds, we are just using one general sound to get everyone’s attention.
    We used these units to replace walkie talkies and we are quite happy with the upgrade. Having a rechargeable battery is much simpler, and the base units plug into the wall (saving money on batteries!).
    You can buy these with confidence that they’ll work without interference, but don’t count on them being too high tech.

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  3. Nekobasu "Rob the Builder" says:
    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Large, heavy, low-tech., May 20, 2014
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    Nekobasu “Rob the Builder” (South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA) –

    This review is from: Dakota Alert MURS Wireless 2-Way Handheld Radio, M538-HT (Electronics)
    The Dakota MURS handheld transceiver (“HT” in radio speak), is larger, heavier, and looks and feels low tech compared to modern FRS, GMRS, and Amateur Radio (ham) HTs. It also has an odd, non-standard antenna connector. Thus, although the antenna is removable, there are no aftermarket antennas which will work with it and no adapters which would allow an aftermarket antenna to be attached to it. This is a real shame, since the FCC allows MURS radios to be connected to the same type of antennas ham and CB radios use. Another negative is the antenna connection becomes wiggly over time unless you are very, very careful.

    Battery-wise, it uses standard AA rechargeable batteries instead of a proprietary battery pack, which is a plus. It takes eight of them, mind you, which accounts significantly to its large size. On the positive side, it will last a long time on eight AA cells because it can only put out two watts (2W). However, that’s a lot of weight to carry around and hold in your hand. It can be connected to the wall wart power supply directly, and doesn’t require a charging cradle.

    The biggest reason to buy this particular radio is because the only other MURS HT, made by Motorola, is about three times the price.

    You’ll be interested to know the Dakota and Motorola MURS HTs are the only legal ones available on the market in the USA. There are cheap Chinese ham radios which illegally allow transmitting on FRS, GMRS, and MURS frequencies at four watts (4W), but those radios also emit spurious off-frequency transmissions, and don’t meet FCC specifications in general. In addition, CERT, search and rescue, etc. teams won’t permit illegal radios for their operations.

    The bottom line is, if you need a MURS HT, the absence of a better option makes this is the one to buy.

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