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  1. Good to hear! I was going to suggest TIO but good to hear you took care of it. Like you said i feel sorry for all those who didn't challenge it because it was only a few dollars to them...
  2. Did u get a refund/credit for the $2000?
  3. No problem. The m9 has a max input voltage of 9v so it can only take up to 2 cells max but some of their other lights take 16v so they can go up to 3 or 4 cells. If it's just on a .22 I reckon 1 batt will be fine but on the 204 I'd def go 2 batteries... The distances you quoted are probably marketing hype, but I haven't done research on the m9 yet so it might be true. But I reckon it's marketing, so it's probably the distance you can get a few lumens out to, which won't help you for hunting because realistically if you need to ID your target through a scope, I reckon it's to be half or quarter that distance (depends on scope too, intended game size and colour, mist/fog/glare etc...), but you won't know till you try. Let us know, will be interesting, I've put off upgrading for a while, maybe I should get one too hahahaha
  4. The website doesn't say anything about the charger in terms of 3V vs 4.2V switch (according to the website it doesn't have a switch, it only does Li-ion batteries, which need 4.2V for full charge). Anyways, it's a medium speed charger so the 18650 batteries shouldn't get hot, if they get too hot take them off charge and measure their voltage with a multimeter. They should take about 4 to 8 hours for full charge and they should end up in the 4.15V-4.20V region ideally (assuming they are in good condition). If you are storing them for a long time without using them, make sure you don't store them flat or fully charged, somewhere in the middle is good. If in doubt, better to store them charged or top them up every few months rather than let them run flat, because running them below 2V or 2.5V (can't remember which one) can permanently damage them or reduce their capacity. What do you think of the flashlight? Are you running it with 1 battery or do you have the tube extender to run 2 batteries? If not, get one, it works better and brighter with 2... I have one of their older models that takes 1 or 2 and it works better on 2.
  5. they need charging at 4.2V. What charger have you got? Have you got a link to a website?
  6. Need more info and specs/type of batteries and charger. Sounds like different lithium (eg LiFe) if they are labelled with 3.6v because normally a LiIon is labelled with 3.7v so don't charge them at 4.2 until you find out. The strange thing is 3 is a bit low though, even LiFe need higher to charge... Do the batts have a label to say what type of lithium they are?
  7. What settings are those? The reason i ask is because they mention setting it to "LO" to double the talk time, but effectively this is changing it from 5W to 1W which greatly reduces your transmission distance. List all the things you see on the LCD screen (or take a photo), and when you go to the menu, what setting have you got SQ set to? Try the following (at least for testing, then you can turn them back on if needed): Page 6 of the manual shows the LCD symbols: Ensure (7) HI is on and (9) LO is off. Ensure (13) is off Ensure (2) and (11) are off Ensure (8) and (15) are off Then go to page 14 which describes squelch in the menu, and change SQ to 1 (what's it set to currently?). 1 will pickup the weakest signal hence give you the furthest range, 5 will need the strongest signal to be audible, so lower number is better (but there's a tradeoff, picking up a lot of background noise at long distance vs not hearing the transmission at all).
  8. One of the reasons it's important to test exactly the same spot at the same time is UHF CB radio's can't transmit through dirt (ie hills). So you can both be in a gully or on the same hill face or on hillfaces with a gully between you, or both on top of hills with line of sight etc and easily get many km's (eg 2-5km+). But put a hill between the 2 of you, you will be lucky to get a few hundred meters... if that...
  9. Assuming you live in flat suburbia, you get someone to stay in the house while the other walks around a block or 2 (or 3 etc!! depending how big your blocks are) until they are out of range, but you both need a radio of each type you are testing (ie 4 radios total, 2 GME and 2 Oricom). So for example, you are in the house and your mate is walking down the street, you have a GME and Oricom, and he has a GME and Oricom. To test, transmit from your GME, he should hear it on both his GME and Oricom radio, then transmit from your Oricom, he should hear it on both his GME and Oricom (then vice versa, he can repeat the tests from each of his 2 radios and you should hear it on your 2 radios). Take notes, walk another 50-100m, repeat, walk another 50-100m, keep repeating until each of them can't hear the other, and you should see a pattern emerge of what's good and what's bad, or if it's just a single faulty radio etc... If the Oricoms can still talk to each other but the GME's can't, maybe they are better. If it's just 1 radio at one end (eg walker's GME) that can't talk to the other 2 in the house, but the 2 in the house can talk to and from the walkers Oricom, it could be just a single GME radio that has a wrong setting/faulty. I'd be surprised if Oricoms got 330% further range, but you never know! Test it and let us know how you go!
  10. If your mate has 2 Oricoms exactly the same model, and you have two TX6150's, let us know and i'll post up a quick test you can do at home which could possibly identify if one of the radios is faulty/incorrect settings...
  11. donny, did you compare the oricom in exactly the same 300m position that the tx6150 didn't work? If not, you can't accurately compare the 2 unless you were in the exact same locations in the exact same weather conditions, temperature, humidity, clouds, a couple of extra trees in the way, your relative position of each other vs the hillfaces etc... There are so many factors involved, i've found that unless you are testing models side by side, exactly the same time, in exactly the same conditions, it's really hard to find out which one is better (unless you have some kind of controlled environment/test equipment). Here's a couple of things to check, you may have already checked them, but if not: 1. Have you got both TX6150 set to high power mode? The difference in range between low power and high power on tx6150 is HUGE. Low power is only 1W, high power is 5W. Big difference. 2. Have you got the squelch turned down on both TX6150 units? Turning the squelch too high can greatly reduce range. Try to set it as low as possible without getting background noise. The lower the better. 3. Are you using CTCSS or DCS etc? If so did you have the same settings turned on for the oricom? Turn them off on both to rule out as many variables as possible when testing/comparing. 4. Have you turned off scanning, dual watch, scrambler etc? You can turn them back on after testing, but while testing you want to rule out as many variables as possible. 5. Maybe one or both of the units are faulty, faulty antenna, faulty connector, transmitter/receiver etc... Can't see how the oricom can transmit 3 times further, something isn't right with the tx6150's... If i had to guess, maybe 110%-150% difference might be acceptable, but 330%+ that you described doesn't seem right... Either the test environments weren't identical, the units are faulty, or the settings are not optimal. Hope you get to the bottom of it!!! Otherwise go get a refund and buy another brand!
  12. wow. no wonder he has 100% positive feedback on ebay! haha good find, and his english is pretty good too.
  13. The Garmin rino 650 is good because you can see others location on the gps map. Out of the 2 you listed the gme is a metal case and is water and dust proof. Not sure about the oricom but check before you buy...
  14. Yep got the latest firmware 4.50 Garmin came back to me again and said it's a limitation, which I guess translates to "won't be fixing it" (sigh...) Anyways, overall still pretty happy with it. I'm sure in a few years someone will come up with a newer, better model anyways.
  15. Mine does it on all 3 power settings... 1/2W, 2W and 5W
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