LW that "8 miles" means line of sight, hilltop to hilltop on a clear day without power lines or other "noisy" going's-on nearby/between.
That means about 1 block in the typical suburban neighborhood with trees and houses in the way and folks running blenders & microwaves.
Yes, I know it's unfair they don't list that "gotcha" on the package but technically their 8 mile claim is true even if it is probably the rarest of conditions, it is true for THOSE conditions.
I've been looking for coms that my wife and I can use mobile to mobile without a lot of expensive gear or huge antennas on the vehicles, to communicate across an urban area, when the cell towers and repeater stations are off-line. I haven't found anything yet suitable that doesn't require a license. I have a license but DW does not and likely never will. Beartooth (a cell-phone case that turns your cell-phone into an off-grid walkie-talkie) looked promising but the range is way too short (2 miles).
As far as "wasted" I would not think so, if you consider that every tool has a use. For multi-vehicle caravaning, it should work great to talk with the companion vehicle 100 yards ahead of you. For a fishing trip, it would work fine for mom back at camp and dad out in the boat to be able to talk. Maybe to keep better track of the kids if you let them go do some exploring. These are limited uses... so only you can decide if those uses justify what you spent on the radios.
Last edited by bruss01; 08-10-2016 at 05:23 PM.
In a crazy world, it's the crazy man who can get by - and it's about to get cray-cray up in here.