Discover why PMR radios such as the Retevis RT24 Plus are so popular in Europe.
Part 1 - RT24 on Amazon ➜ http://geni.us/QxOmsya
Part 2 - Range Test ➜ (8:19min)
Part 3 - Summary & Conclusion ➜ (at 11:28min)
In this product review, I will unbox the RT24 and show you a bunch of close up shots of the radio.
Then I will compare it against its predecessor the Retevis H-777, which I did a review one year ago.
I will talk in detail about the reasons why the H-777 was taken of the market, e.g. Amazon, and apparently banned for sale in Germany.
Next, I will explain why I think the newer RT24 will outsell its predecessor.
Obviously, some of the things I talk about are in respect to German laws and regulations, such as the mandated non-removable antenna, or the 0,5 Watt transmit power limitation.
In any case, please make sure to observe the rules that apply in your country when using any radio.
Overall, I like the build quality of these new radios much better than the old ones.
The size is somewhat bigger, which makes them feel better in your hand, also I like the new speaker, which seems to be better sounding and more powerful.
Only downside I noticed is that the battery is smaller, 1100mAh compared to 1500mAh, also the charger was changed to USB, which on the one hand is good because it improves safety, the old H-777 had a very thin cable, which some people have criticised, on the other hand, it requires you to have a UBS power adapter if you want to charge your radio.
Overall, I am very happy with these budget radios. The somewhat short range is perfectly normal for PMR, and in my testing, I reached 2300ft+.
Obviously, in the countryside, with no obstruction, you can expect an even higher range, on the flip side, in the city with a lot of concrete present, it can reduce your range.
Which in some ways is a good thing since PMR has only 16 frequencies, so you can imagine what would happen if everybody had a massive range, the channels would clog up very quickly, especially if you are located in an urban environment.
Apparently, if you use a USB programming cable and software, you can change the factory settings of these radios and raise the transmit power to 2 Watts, significantly increasing the range of these radios.
But at least in the case of Germany, that would be illegal, unless you have a ham radio license.
I think these radios are a very nice and interesting alternative to other brands such as Motorola.
If you have the chance I would definitely give them a try!