Midland LXT500VP3 22-Channel Two-Way Radio
Priced under $40, Midland delivers the best overall performance and features in a two-way radio that offers consistent functionality at a low price. The company claims a 24 mile talk range, but unless you're on the water or a wide-open prairie you'll likely never know if that's accurate or not. But under realistic conditions and obstacles to the signal, these work very well over a four mile radius with little to no static. There are 22 channel frequencies for communicating between units, which is standard, and a channel scan function automatically scrolls through your channels to find a clear frequency to use. There's a wealth of other additional functions such as power conservation settings, call alert and roger beep to alert you of the start and end of a transmission, a silent mode to keep all radio functions quiet, and the units are water-resistant. They can also run on rechargeable battery power or when you run out of juice, stick 4 AAA's in the unit and they'll work just as well. To make sure you're happy with your purchase, Midland offers a three year warranty to keep everything working as expected.