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Motorola Talkabout MS355R FRS GMRS Waterproof Two-Way - 35 Mile Radio 2-Pack - Camo

Motorola MS355R FRS GMRS Waterproof Two-Way Radios

Motorola’s Talkabout MS355R is a high performance, ultra durable waterproof FRS GMRS radio that’s right for the extreme outdoors.  Perfect for camping, boating, hiking, prepping, survival and more, they have a range of 35 miles and include an emergency alert button, LED flashlight and NOAA radio tuning.  These radios float and can access available repeater stations using GMRS to extend the range even further.

Why you might need it

Motorola’s Talkabout MS355R is by no means a fair weather radio / walkie talkie. It is waterproof and is great for outdoor enthusiasts.  They can get wet in the rain or dropped in the water and you can keep on using them.  Packed with every possible radio feature, it’s hard to believe such value at such competitive pricing. With a range of up to 35 miles and freedom to communicate wirelessly, the MS355R won't slow you down. With the included ear buds and Push-to-Talk feature, you can communicate in an unrestricted and discreet way, which is perfect for hunting or reconnaissance when you need to talk with a partner quietly at a distance.    

These radios work great for communicating with your friends or family while hiking, camping, or boating.  For prepping and survival, these radios are great for bad approaching weather since they include functionality as portable NOAA weather radios.  In addition, in a long term Doomsday survival scenario where normal communications like cell service may not be working, having a GMRS / FRS radio would be invaluable for communications with neighbors or members of your family or survival network.  Note:  The range in real-life conditions is typically significantly less than the listed maximum ranges which are in ideal conditions.

This Motorola Talkabout MS355R package includes:

  • 2 GMRS / FRS radios
  • 2 belt clips
  • 2 Push-to-Talk (PTT) earbuds
  • 1 dual drop-in charger
  • 1 charging adaptor
  • 2 NiMH rechargeable battery packs
  • 1 Emergency preparedness checklist sheet
  • 1 User Guide
  • 1 Accessories brochure
  • Available in Realtree AP HD(r) camo pattern and yellow

How far can I expect my radios to communicate?

The communication range quoted is calculated based on an unobstructed line of sight test under optimum conditions. Actual range will vary depending on terrain and conditions, and is often less than the maximum possible. Your actual range will be limited by several factors including, but not limited to: terrain, weather conditions, electromagnetic interference and obstructions.

Realistically, without a GMRS license, with FRS you can expect approximately 1/2 mile range in your neighborhood with no obstructions.  For GMRS, as with other UHF radio services, reliable range is considered to be line-of-sight and the distance to the radio horizon can be estimated based on antenna height. Theoretically, the range between two hand-held units would be about one or two miles. Mobile units have higher antennas and a range of around 5 miles (8 km). A GMRS repeater with an antenna that is high above the surrounding terrain can extend the usable range over a wide area – for example, up to a 20-mile radius around the repeater station.  Obstructions such as hills and buildings can reduce range.

Motorola MS355R Range

Added tips

The Motorola Talkabout MS355R (Camo) is also available in Yellow (model MS350R) with all of the same great features of the camo color version at a slightly lower price.  The only difference is that the Yellow (model MS350R) does not come with a pair of 2 Push-to-Talk (PTT) earbuds (see Recommended Accessories below).

Recommended accessories

Other Longer Range Recommended Communication Devices

YouTube Videos

The following YouTube video is a demonstration of the features of the  Motorola Talkabout MS350/355 Waterproof Walkie Talkie.

Motorola Talkabout MS350/355 Waterproof Walkie Talkie

The following YouTube video shows you how to set up Repeater Channels on Motorola Talkabout Two Way Radios.

Radio 101 - How To Set Up Repeater Channels on Motorola Talkabout Two Way Radios

Motorola Talkabout MS355R Features:

  • Waterproof** – Survives Water Dunks and Heavy Downpours 
    • Fishing, kayaking, swimming or simply heading for a great day of fun with family or friends near the water? How about skiing down your favorite ski slope or hunting during that unexpected heavy down pour? The Motorola MS355R two-way waterproof radio is a must have to ensure you have a reliable means of communication under harsh weather conditions. Don’t worry about transmission failure when it makes contact with water. Its IP67 standard withstands constant submersion of up to 1m for 30 minutes and repels the heaviest of rain droplets.
  • It Floats** – Makes For Easy Recovery
    • If your MS355R radio happens to fall into the water, don’t despair. Through meticulous engineering, the radio floats and is visible on the water surface. Once recovered, use your MS355R radio to keep talking and listening.
  • Headset Connector** – Use With Your Favorite Motorola Audio Accessories
    • Hands-free devices provide you with many advantages, the main ones being discreet communication, sound enhancement in noisy environments, and the ability to multitask. The MS355R waterproof radio is equipped with a headset jack connector ready for use with any of your favorite Motorola audio accessories.
  • Earbud With Push-to-Talk Microphone - Unrestricted Communication
    • Exploring the wild or simply enjoying your outdoor passion? Use your earbuds as a convenient clutter-free way to speak and listen to other two-way radio users. Designed to comfortably fit in your ear, just plug the earbud connector into your MS355R radio and snap it to your lapel or shirt. Experience an unrestricted and discreet way to communicate when the pleasure of nature captivates you.
  • Ergonomic Design – Functional but Sleek
    • Designed to maximize operator’s productivity, its hourglass shape fits snugly into the palms of your hands reducing fatigue and discomfort typically experienced with the competition’s brand. The non-slip ridges on its base housing eliminate annoying hand slips. Although built for function, the MS355R radio boasts a sleek contemporary look.
  • Repeater Function*** – Improves Your Coverage Beyond the Horizon 
    • Maximize your camping, sporting or hunting experience by improving your radio transmission coverage* when talking to family or group members who sometimes wander far beyond the line of sight. Thanks to the built-in repeater channels, the MS355R works well with a local repeater station to carry your signal further. Take advantage of this value-added feature by switching to GMRS channels 15R-22R, but don’t forget you’ll need a GMRS license and an accessible repeater station to take advantage of this unique feature.

**This radio meets IP67 standards. It will withstand submersion of up to 1m for 30 minutes. Radio floats with included NiMH battery. It may not float with some AA batteries. Use of headset should be in dry environments only.

***The FCC requires that all operators using GMRS frequencies obtain a radio license before operating their equipment. To obtain the FCC forms, please call 1-800-418-3676 to request Forms 605 and 159, which includes all of the forms and instructions you will need. It is the responsibility of the radio user to read and understand all applicable rules and regulations regarding GMRS.

****NOAA radio service may not be available in all areas. Check with your local weather office for frequency and details, or visit (canada:

MS355R & MS350R General Specifications

  • Range (miles)Up to 35-mile Range 
  • Channels Interference Eliminator Codes (CTCSS CDCSS)22 Channels, plus 8 repeater*** channels, each with 121 privacy codes
  • Channel monitor
  • Repeater Channels
  • 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA) with alert feature
  • Floats with included NiMH battery. It may not float with some AA batteries. 
  • IP Rating IP67 waterproof*
  • QT (Quiet Talk) Interruption Filter
  • Top Mid Base Ranges (miles)35/6/2
  • Dimensions8.36 in. H x 2.4 in. W x 1.5 in. D
  • Weight (without battery) 0.39 lbs.
  • Weight (with battery)0.50 lbs.
  • VibraCall™ Vibrating Alert
  • Built In Flashlight
  • VOX iVOX Hands-free Communication With or Without Accessories
  • Call Tones10 regular
  • Push-to-Talk (PTT) Power Boost
  • Eco Smart
  • Battery Life23 Hours Alkaline (3 AA) or 9 Hours NiMH 
  • LCD Battery Meter

Sample Amazon Feedback

"We ordered these to use out kayak fishing. They were delivered on time, packaged well and did everything they were advertised to do. We had good reception for about one mile. We did not test it further. Was very clear with no interference. Would recommend for recreational purposes."

"Works well. bought this for Trout fishing with family so we could split up but stay in touch. I was impressed. good range."

"....these were perfect and out perform what I expected. I used them for shark fishing from the beach in New Smyrna, Florida....The first time running bait everything went perfect and was clear.... My 2nd run got flipped over in kayak (I'm new at this). As soon as I cut my tangled legs free from line and threw bait back into boat (I didn't want dead oily fish in same water as me with sharks), I got the radio tossed into kayak too. After getting back in kayak, I radioed my friends on shore and it was as clear as day!"

"My boys take these when tooling around the neighborhood. We use them trick or treating, hiking, etc. Nice to not have to use the cell phone, especially since my boys won't be getting one anytime soon!  We haven't tested them more than one mile apart yet, but so far we have been happy with the range and clarity."

"Sharp looking, lots of functionality, good range, camo pattern. Everything I was looking for in a radio and more. I like the supplied quick release clips, and the push to talk microphones."

"Hunter's Best Friend.  I bought these after using many other units including Motorola radios .Until now i really couldn't say one was any better then the other till now. I've hunted the same area for over forty years my favorite hunting spots haven't changed nor the terrain. I hunt with my 73 yr old dad so good radio contact is a must all the radios we have used did work i guess well for the most part but i never felt the contact was great we could always communicate but i always felt it could have been better. I've been a pro radio operator for over 40 yrs and I've tried a lot of bands etc. So when these came out i read some reviews and on amazon they weren't favorable. But still i had to try them for myself. i bought a pair and liked the size and style after a simple program and charging we took them a field i went to my hunting area dad went to his and we tested them hands down these out performed any GMRS radio I've tried and i think I've tried them all. I think when most buy and use these radios i think they don't set them up properly on both hi and low power settings these worked great .  I liked them so much i bought a second pair along with detach mics and neoprene cases this is a reliable radio and would highly recommend it to the outdoorsman who needs solid communication."

"They work as expected, can break up a lot in the mountains but these seem to work as expected. Weatherband channels are neat to have."

"These are awesome. I use them to get in quick contact with my daughter when she goes to her friends house. I have not used them over a mile distance."

"We use these with our kids camping so they can go explore and we can stay in contact. I like that don't have to worry about them dropping it in the water (haven't tested them in the water though) and we attached a lanyard to theirs so one of them can wear it around their neck. For what we use them for the battery seems to be holding the charge fine, the distance is good and just the basic walkie talkie function is easy to use."

"Great quality and looking. Works perfect for skiing at the mountains."

"The usable distance is great and they have a mini flashlight on the end! Great weatherproof tool!"

"Press to increase volume. I like them a lot. The sound is an improvement to my older talkabouts..."

Motorola Talkabout MS355R FRS GMRS Waterproof Two-Way - 35 Mile Radio Pack - Pictures