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Dakota Alert M538-HT MURS Handheld Radio
Dakota Alert M538-HT MURS Handheld Radio
Dakota Alert M538-HT MURS Handheld Radio
Item# 73154
Price: Normally $109.99 
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  • Uses MURS, long range, frequencies
  • Communicate from transmitter to tranceiver over several miles without a license
  • Offers two-way communication between base stations and/or hand-held transceivers
  • 5 channels and 38 sub-channels

Essential Info

MURS stands for Multi-Use Radio Service. The MURS frequencies are permitted to transmit at a higher wattage than Family Radio Service devices, which gives them ten times (or more) the possible range of FRS devices.

The M538-HT is a hand-held MURS transceiver that will receive alert signals from the MURS Alert transmitter and also can be used for two-way voice communications between other MURS transceivers. The HT has 5 channels and 38 sub-channels to help you communicate with other users. The M538-HT is powered by 6 rechargeable AA batteries (included) that will last for about 40 hours on a charge. The HT is capable of communicating over distances of several miles*. The FCC also allows you to use MURS without a license. Although other radio services require a license, MURS is license free. When an alert signal is received from the MURS Alert transmitter the HT will sound off with the voice of the alert signal and will also display an alert icon as a visual display that an alert signal has been received. This has many different applications for small businesses, farms, security guards, outdoorsmen. Anyone who needs to have real time monitoring and two way voice communications will benefit from MURS.

MURS gives you tranmission distances of several miles and is highly recommended for applications where there are a lot of obstructions such as trees, buildings, etc...

*Actual range will vary depending on the local terrain.


What's Included

  • 1x - MURS Handheld Radio
  • 6x - Rechargeable AA batteries
  • 1x - Wrist strap
  • 1x - Belt clip
  • 1x - Charger
  • 1x - Owner's manual

  • Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Dakota Alert
  • Manufacturer Part #: M538-HT
  • UPC: 0891179000027
  • Reviews

    16 Ratings
    5 star: 50%  (8)
    4 star: 31%  (5)
    3 star: 0%  (0)
    2 star: 0%  (0)
    1 star: 19%  (3)
    Average Customer Rating
    (16 customer ratings)
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    RAY -- port gamble, WA   5/31/2014
    when working with the M538-BS MURS Base Station. It is possible to talk to people inside our metal sided building to our home a distance of more than 100 ft
    JOHN -- woodland park, CO   4/25/2014
    FRANK M. -- bixby, OK   10/24/2013
    The packaging, shipping and overall service was excellent. The only issue was that the included rechargeable batteries were not in the box of one of the radios. Smarthome was unable to ship replacement batteries, instead referring me to the manufacturer, Dakota.
    JAMES R -- chesterfield, MO   8/26/2013
    A fine instrument for the money. Expect to use it mainly as an intercom. But obviously it is ready for many usage circumstances.
    WANDA -- cookville, TX   8/3/2013
    This appears to be a good radio. It would be nice if the batteries lasted longer before needing to be recharged, but otherwise I'm happy with the purchase.
    GARY -- placerville, CA   6/1/2013
    These units worked as expected and had good clarity and range. The only complaint is that the sound quality is not that great; I don't know if that's a function of the circuitry and construction of these units, or a limitation of the technology, but it's not a significant issue. This unit would not receive the signal inside a motorhome, but one of the base station units had no problem. We're not sure why, but could be because of a difference in the antennas.
    GEORGE -- hondo, TX   5/29/2013
    Works as advertised. Great product. Fast service. Will order again
    DIANE -- evansville, IN   4/14/2012
    We bought several of these to use to communicate between our offices, laboratory and manufacturing facility-several large steel buildings. These are so wonderful. We just use basic PTT and if anyone is close to one of the units they can hear it above the manufacturing noise. We can carry the hand held anywhere we want and can still communicate if someone is looking for us. Reasonably priced instant communication and great range through metal buildings.
    DANIEL -- pickerington, OH   6/12/2011
    These seem to work very well.
    STEPHEN -- thorndale, PA   12/2/2010
    Every so often it just stops working. I just need to power it off and on again and it's fine... kinda weird. Other than that it fits my needs to a T
    RONALD -- los angeles, CA   1/9/2010
    The Dakota Alert M538-HT MURS Handheld arrived in perfect condition. The unit was easy to set up. I attached the antenna, installed and charged the batteries, selected a frequency, and set the CTCSS. The radio is suitable to carry around and has performance that matches my expectations. The batteries seem to charge quickly and provide an excellent operational period for my purposes. Thanks for providing the availability of this high quality product.

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