Can a TalkAbout personal 2-way radio really talk up to 30 miles?
Not even close, the best you’re going to get is about half a mile to a mile before you get static. These radios put out very little power, but it’s not the power that prevents the radio from talking further, it’s all the obstacles, the trees, the buildings, the people, even the weather.
You can actually have a conversation with someone on the moon if there was nothing in the way and very little power would be required. They can advertise this by using the term “ideal conditions”. Unfortunately we do not live in a world that has the ideal conditions for these radios to provide even close to the advertised maximum range.
Again to be crystal clear, you will get half a mile before you start running into static.