Ok - did some homework, I just knew that my former bosses were too frugal to be spending $800 on a radio if something much cheaper would serve. Ends up the "Talk abouts" are not even in the same ballpark.
I carried a "Visar" last season. Go to http://www.mot.com/LMPS/RPG/NA/porta...sar/index.html
and look at the specs sheet.
Then - the highest end "Talkabout" Motorola makes is the 280SLK, go to http://www.mot.com/LMPS/RPG/NA/porta...about_280.html
and read the specs there.
I'm not saying the Talkabouts don't server their purpose well (that purpose being to pollute the quiet slopes with beeps and pages and inane conversation right? <g>) . . . I'm just saying they are not used by large ski areas for a reason.