Panasonic PALMLINK KX-TR320 Family Radio Service (FRS) two-way radio is
designed for staying in touch with family or friends while on the go.
Perfect for the active user, this radio is shock- and splash-resistant
due to its rugged construction, rubberized trim and other design
enhancements. This makes it the perfect partner for outdoor activities
such as fishing at the lake, hiking through the woods and even working
at a construction site. The KX-TR320 FRS allows users to choose from
one of 14 possible channels for clear communications and offer 38
privacy codes, so you can include, or exclude, others in your
conversations. Security functions include a Key Lock setting that lets
you "lock in" your Channel and Privacy Code, so it cannot be changed
accidentally; and a Panasonic-exclusive "Private Talk" function that
lets you use the transceiver similar to a telephone handset for added
privacy.The KX-TR320 is extremely easy to use: just press the "call"
button to contact other users. If a call is coming in to you, your
radio will emit one of five selectable ringer tones. For hand-free
use, such as when biking or working in the garden, users can take
advantage of the optional external headset and microphone, which also
enables the "VOX" Voice Activation function. A multi-function, backlit
LCD display shows the channel, code, battery strength, key lock
status, transmit, ring mode and VOX operation. The KX-TR320 also has
auto power off (time selectable), low battery alert and flip-down
Panasonic's KX-TR320 sports all of the
features you'd expect of an FRS radio in this price range, including
the ability to transmit on all 14 FRS channels and on 38 subcodes
within each channel. It's also one of the coolest-looking FRS radios
we've ever laid eyes on. Unfortunately, the very things that make it
look so good also hurt its usability.
This radio runs on three AA
batteries or its outlet power via an AC/DC converter (not included).
There are also jacks on the top to connect to an external microphone
and headset (also not included). All of these jacks are sealed by
rubber plugs that fit snugly enough to make this one of the few
splashproof FRS radios on the market. The feel of the unit exudes
quality, and except for the fragile-looking flip-up antenna, this is
one radio that could easily absorb several drops onto cement and come
up asking for more.
On the downside, the KX-TR320 has rather small
buttons that are difficult to see, let alone press. And they're packed
so close together it's easy to press the wrong one. This fault can be
turned into an upside, as it's also difficult to inadvertently press a
button just by handling the unit, but we found using the KX-TR320 in
less than optimal lighting conditions to be a chore.
the sound quality and range of the unit were excellent, and if you
have two or more of the radios you can take advantage of the privacy
subcodes that only let you hear people using the same subcode
(although everyone else on the same channel who isn't using the codes
can hear you). We've seen better overall values, but the KX-TR320's
rugged construction and rich features really add to its appeal. --T.
- Allows for several privacy
codes and 5 different call tones
- Great sound quality and range
- Rugged construction
are very hard to work with
The Palm Link KX-TR320B
two-way radio helps you keep in touch with your family or friends on
the slopes, the trail, or the street. It has a 2-mile range that is
great for the outdoors. A flip-down microphone with a separate ear
speaker lets you hold the unit close like a cellular phone and
converse more privately.
The KX-TR320B has 38 different privacy
codes so you can selectively include or exclude other two-way radio
users. Other Palm Link two-way radio users can monitor or join your
conversations if they are operating on the same combination of channel
and privacy codes. You can search all 14 channels and 38 privacy codes
for active transmissions with the scan function.
The Palm Link
KX-TR320B's rugged design with rubberized trim and grip helps absorb
the impact of the occasional knocks and bumps that come with outdoor
use. It is also splash resistant in case you get caught in the rain.
The ring-call alert lets you choose from five ringer tones, and you
can call other users by pressing the call button. It has a
multifunction backlit display, so even in complete darkness the screen
displays channel, privacy code, battery strength, key lock status,
transmit status, ring mode, and voice operation mode.