Getting a radio system is a large expenditure for any company, large or small and, as a consequence, it’s vital that the customer makes the correct choice.
“Purchasing two-way radios for commercial or personal use can prove to be a wise investment for anyone wanting a reliable cost-effective communication system. BUT, the decision as to which radio is right for you requires careful consideration”.
She also is clear that,
“Operating environments vary greatly from one consumer to the next and there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach when choosing ‘the best’ radio. While they can be pricey, two-way radios are a very useful and cost-effective piece of kit to have in your communication armory”.
She’s right; you can find lots of things to think about before making the final option, chief amongst them is the band you’ll be using. UHF (Ultra High Frequency) radios function on frequencies between 400 and 480 Megahertz. These two way radios have a very resilient signal and are particularly useful if users will be moving between and indoor and an outdoor setting.
Conversely, you can find the VHF (Very High Frequency) 2 way radios. VHF is generally weaker than UHF, but can transmit a signal over a extended distance and generally uses less power. It’s important to be aware that VHF and UHF 2 way radios are completely incompatible, so choosing one may exclude your from getting the other.
Another thing to notice is that there’s actually a difference between a 2 way radio and a walkie talkie, although the terms are, more often than not, used interchangeably. As per Fast Radios.com,
“Modern walkie talkies still utilize the push-to-talk technology and are available in numerous price ranges – from units sold as toys to more commercial units used for public safety, business or any setting where a portable radio would be necessary. Some walkie talkie models can be made to be very small and depending on the differing use, the equipment varies with consumer use and commercial use”.
“While commercial 2 way radios or hand-held portable two-way radios are often called walkie-talkies or ‘handie-talkies’, don’t confuse them with the cheaper model 2 way radio ‘walkie-talkies’. Two-way radios are available in mobile and stationary base configurations. An example of a two way radio that both transmits and receives at the same time (or full-duplex) is a mobile phone or cellular telephone, which uses two different radio frequencies to carry the two directions of the conversation simultaneously”.
Whilst this will likely seem a bit nitpicky, it is important to understand that buying a walkie talkie or two-way radio set represents a significant corporate investment. It is also vital that you consider whether you want the ‘licensed’ or ‘license free’ two way radio band. Essentially, licensed two way radios are secure, but a great deal more expensive, whereas license free radios are usually eavesdropped upon. Whatever you purchase, these factors are crucial to contemplate.